Huawei P30 Pro preview: Everything we know so far

UPDATED: Even more leaked renders and details before the big launch!

Last year, Huawei's P20 Pro shot to the top of our best smartphones listing thanks to its brilliant triple-camera setup and overall premium allure. It's since been replaced by… well, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Will Huawei make it three straight sensational flagships with the P30 Pro? Rumours and leaks are swirling around the company's next premium handset, which has a couple of tough acts to follow. Even so, it could again be the flagship to beat in early 2019, although Samsung's Galaxy S10 and other handsets may give it a run for its money.

Here's everything we've heard about the Huawei P30 Pro and standard P30 so far.

(Leaked render above via Evan Blass)

What kind of cameras will the Huawei P30 Pro have?

Leaks suggest four back cameras on the P30 Pro and three on the back of the standard P30. The P30 Pro would have one more camera than the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, if true, and the P30 would match the Mate 20 on camera count.

In November, Huawei's European head Walter Ji told Android Pit on camera count, "Now we have three, imagine four for next year." That's a pretty clear indication. He also suggested that 10x optical zoom could be coming, which might explain the purpose of a fourth back camera.

The quad-camera setup now seems certain, thanks to a photo posted in mid-February to Chinese social media site Weibo by Huawei's consumer business group CEO, Richard Yu. The image has a partially-redacted watermark on the bottom that seems to say "Leica Quad Camera" and "Huawei P30 Pro," as spotted by GSM Arena.

Whatever configuration Huawei settles on, the company is clearly pointing towards significant zooming capabilities. The first Twitter teaser shows a view of iconic French architecture, and after the original shot, it zooms in super-close onto a detail. It lends credence to the above tease about 10x optical zoom, which could be much more of a game-changer than last year's 3x optical and 5x hybrid zoom.

Huawei is also mocking Samsung over the zoom capabilities of the Galaxy S10 line, suggesting big things on the horizon for the P30 launch event.

However, the Digital Trends report and images above point to just three back cameras instead of four, despite the momentum building towards the latter. The site says the phone's back notes "Summitor" lenses, which is very close to branding to Leica's own "Summitar" 50mm lenses. That could lend credence to the idea of a 10x zoom feature, Digital Trends suggests.

WinFuture's most recent report and leaks, however, point to four back cameras on the P30 Pro with the 10x hybrid zooming capabilities, as well as three back cameras on the standard P30. The site suggests that the standard P30 won't have the 10x functionality.

WinFuture also points to a 32MP front-facing camera for both phones.