[UPDATED] Huawei P30 series smartphones, WATCH GT, and FreeLace wireless earbuds unveiled

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The main focus of the P30 series seems to be photography and they’ve already taken DxOMark’s top score for smartphone cameras.

Huawei unveiled not only the anticipated Huawei P30 and P30 Pro smartphones today in Paris but also announced new WATCH GT editions and FreeLace wireless earbuds.

If you missed the livestream, you can catch it below. Otherwise, skip past for the lowdown on the new products the company unveiled!

Huawei P30/P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Series

The main focus of the P30 series seems to be photography. Featuring the Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, enhanced optical and AI image stabilization technology, and a new Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, the P30 Pro has already taken DxOMark’s top score for smartphone cameras.

“The HUAWEI P30 Series is a fundamental breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development; it will rewrite the rules and reshape everyone’s perception of mobile photography. Innovations such as the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor and SuperZoom Lens allow us to push the envelope of both photography and videography—a frontier long overdue for disruption. The HUAWEI P30 Series will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones by empowering people to capture the true beauty of the world around them through a device that fits in the palm of their hands.”

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG

During our Mate 20 Pro review, we found the camera to be one of the best we’ve tested and the improvements to the P30 camera seem to elevate it even further. The P30 Pro is equipped with a Leica Quad Camera System which includes a 40MP main camera with the HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the HUAWEI ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera.

As for other specs, the 6.1-inch P30 and 6.47-inch P30 Pro feature an FHD+ (2340×1080) Dewdrop Display, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and are powered with the 7nm Kirin 980 processor. While the P30 comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, the P30 Pro features 8GB of RAM with 128/256/512GB storage options. Both devices are available in Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Pearl White, and Black colours.

In addition, the P30 Pro features a 4200mAh battery, uses Huawei SuperCool technology to keep the phone cooler, and Huawei’s Acoustic Display Technology for high-quality audio through the sound emitting display.

The Huawei P30 is available globally for €799 while the P30 Pro starts at €999.

UPDATED (03/27/2019): In Canada, the P30 and P30 Pro will be available starting on April 11. Pricing for the P30 starts as low as CA$0 on contract or from $899.99 outright, depending on carrier. The P30 Pro will be available in 128GB or 256GB versions for as low as $149.99 on contract or from $1,099.99 outright. Both devices will only be available in Breathing Crystal or Black.

Huawei WATCH GT

Huawei WATCH GT Active Edition & Elegant Edition smartwatches

The company has also added two new editions to the Huawei WATCH GT lineup: Active Edition and Elegant Edition. The Active Edition has the same 46mm watch face as the Classic Edition and Sport Edition, while the Elegant Edition features a smaller 42mm otpion.

As a result, the Active Edition features a 1.39-inch AMOLED HD colour touchscreen while the Elegant Edition’s screen is a smaller 1.2-inches. The Active Edition, like the Sport and Classic, last up to two weeks on a single charge while the Elegant Edition lasts up to one week. If exercise tracking is toggled off, the WATCH GT can last up to 30 days.

With ultra-long battery time and HUAWEI TruSeen™ 3.0 heart rate monitoring, the HUAWEI WATCH GT supports continuous 24-hours heart rate monitoring tracking active and resting heart rates. Combining innovative PPG optical and hardware design and AI algorithms, the solution can monitor the heart rate of users in real time with high precision. In Sport mode, the HUAWEI WATCH GT can be set up to notify individuals to adjust the intensity of their workout based on a pre-set target heart rate interval. In rest mode, the smart watch automatically monitors and records the resting heart rate of users.

Huawei press release

The Huawei WATCH GT Active Edition is available in Europe for €249 while the Elegant Edition has a retail price of €229.

Huawei FreeLace

Huawei FreeLace earbuds in Emerald Green

Finally, Huawei unveiled the Huawei FreeLace Bluetooth wireless earphones. The most interesting part about the earphones is they can be paired with Huawei smartphones by simply plugging them into your phone. To do so, the earphones come apart at the volume buttons to reveal a USB Type-C connector. Plugging this into your Huawei smartphone with EMUI 9.1 will pair them to the phone over Bluetooth via Huawei’s HiPair technology.

The FreeLace headphones feature 9.2mm dynamic drivers, a dual-cavity design microphone module, in-line control for volume control, playback controls, and voice assistant activation, and more. In addition, when the earbuds are connected magnetically, the earphones go into sleep mode and resume once separated.

The Huawei FreeLace Bluetooth headphones will be available for €99 in Graphite Black, Amber Sunrise, Emerald Green, and Moonlight Silver.

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