Huawei P30 might revive the headphone jack

Take this with a grain of salt all the same.

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Jon Fingas
January 6th, 2019

As a rule, smartphone makers who've ditched the 3.5mm headphone port haven't rushed to bring it back, whether out of technical necessity or simple pride. Huawei, however, might be the exception to the rule. OnLeaks and 91Mobiles have produced leak-based renders of the upcoming P30 that hint at the return of the headphone jack, nestled neatly at the bottom near the USB-C port. If you're not in a rush to embrace wireless audio, this could be your flagship phone of choice.

Not that Huawei would rely solely on traditionalism. The purported renders also hint at a OnePlus 6T-style teardrop notch on the 6-inch display and an upgraded three-camera setup on the back. Even the base P30 is reported to have a 40-megapixel main rear camera with 5X lossless zoom as well as a 24-megapixel front shooter. The P30 is also poised to use the same Kirin 980 processor that debuted in the Mate 20, so performance shouldn't be an issue.

It's not certain when the P30 will premiere. Huawei is slated to appear at Mobile World Congress in February and might use that as an opportunity to unveil the handset, but it introduced the P20 in late March 2018 -- weeks after MWC. Assuming this rumor is accurate, though, Huawei might reel in buyers who insist on plugging in their familiar headphones without resorting to an adapter.

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