5 key announcements from Huawei’s P30 launch event - including what it might cost in South Africa
Huawei announced seven new products, including new watch designs and smart glasses, at a launch event in Paris, France, on Tuesday, where it also unveiled its new flagship phone, the P30.
The Huawei P30 comes with 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom, and 50 times digital zoom, as number two global phone maker Huawei seeks to lure consumers away from market leader Samsung.
The new P30 and larger P30 Pro are set to be available in South Africa in the next few weeks, and the new Huawei Eyewear is set to arrive in July.
Here are the five key announcements from the Huawei launch event.
A smartphone with a 50-times digital zoom, among other features
Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer business, said the P30 represents a “breakthrough” in digital camera technology and will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones.
Among the array of new features - including that it can wirelessly charge other Android and even Apple phones - is the P30’s ‘Super Portrait Mode’ which promises to capture even the individual hairs on a person’s face.
Huawei promised to release South African pricing soon, but in the meanwhile we know P30 Pro will retail for €999 in Europe.
This suggests it will cost just around R16,000 in South Africa, based on a direct currency translation. If so, that would be roughly R4,000 cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – and R8,000 cheaper than the iPhone Xs Max.
Huawei smart glasses
Huawei announced the Eyewear glasses range, which promises to allow wearers to make calls, listen to music, and use a "virtual assistant".
Gentle Monster’s CEO Hankook Kim, which co-designed the glasses, said other manufacturers were too focused on the smart technology of smart glasses.
“They designed glasses that no one would wear,” Kim said as pictures of Google Glasses and Snap’s Spectacles were displayed on the screen.
“We believe smart glasses should look good too.”
Likun Zhao, vice president of the Huawei consumer business in Southern Africa, said South Africa will be one of the first countries to see the glasses on shelves when the product is launched, likely by July.
A Huawei battery bank
The Huawei 12000 40W SuperCharge Power Bank promises to charge an iPhone quicker than Apple’s own chargers, and charge the new Huawei P30 to 70% in under 30 minutes.
It can also charge other Android devices, smart watches, gaming devices, and laptops.
Apple-style wireless earphones
The new Huawei Freelace and Huawei and Freebuds, modelled after Apple’s AirPods, promise 18 hours and 10 hours battery life respectively.
The Freelace, designed for people living an active lifestyle, can function for four hours on a five minute charge through any smartphone.
They are also water resistant, and come with noise cancellation.
The Freebuds works similarly to the the Apple AirPods to skip songs and make phone calls. It’s charging case looks nearly identical to the Airpods’, just smaller.
New Huawei Watch GT Active and Elegant
New colours for Huawei’s Watch GT were announced: Active and Elegant. These are basically exactly the same devices released last year, just in orange and dark green.
It also has a new design around the bezel .When the smartwatch was released last year, it was praised for having a week’s battery life.
De Villiers was a guest of Huawei in Paris.
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