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Huawei goes big with eight new devices, P30, 50X zoom

Huawei has released two flagship P30-series handsets, two new smartwatches, two wireless earphones, smart glasses, and a 40W fast charge power bank.

At a launch event in Paris yesterday, Huawei unveiled its latest P30 and P30 Pro handsets, with the latter having camera capabilities of up to 50X zoom.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer business, said the P30’s latest camera system can “see things the human eye cannot”. This is thanks to the new camera setup that allows for more light to enter the sensor than was possible before. The device’s new bokeh mode, called Super Portrait Mode, promises to capture individual hairs on a person’s head and/or face.

Of course, the P30 gets the features that were missing on the P20 but featured on the Mate 20 Pro, including the reverse wireless charging feature.

While there is no South African pricing yet, the P30 Pro has been priced at 1000 Euros in Europe. This makes it likely to be priced in the same category as the iPhone Xs and Galaxy S10.

From left to right: The Huawei Watch GT Elegant (first and third) and the Watch GT Active (second and last)

Huawei’s Watch GT series gets an upgrade with the Watch GT Active, geared towards the fitness conscious, and the Watch GT Elegant, which is aimed at those wanting a smaller smartwatch. 

Huawei says the GT Active edition will last 2 weeks on a single charge with the on-watch fitness tools used regularly. It also comes with a new mode that will track triathlon events.

The smaller Watch GT Elegant fills a gap that other smartwatch manufacturers like Samsung and Apple currently satisfy: a version of the smartwatch that isn’t enormous. This new GT Elegant variant is much smaller, at 42mm instead of 46mm. It comes with a ceramic bezel, new watchfaces, and advanced fitness tracking features.

Click here to read about Huawei’s smartglasses, fast charging powerbank, and wireless earphones.

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