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Huawei P20 Pro to pack a 40MP camera punch

The Huawei P20 Pro is set to shake things up with a 40MP main camera. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei P20 Pro is set to shake things up with a 40MP main camera. (Source: Huawei)
The Huawei P20 Pro is going all out with its triple rear camera configuration. The latest rumors suggest that its main camera will feature a huge 40MP sensor co-developed with Leica that will surely shake things up in the smartphone market when it lands.

Huawei may be out of favor with the US government because of concerns over espionage, but its CIA agents might be keen to get their hands on a Huawei P20 Pro if not for anything other than its camera. Featuring triple cameras, the P20 Pro is rumored to feature a 40MP main sensor that it has co-developed with the optics experts at Leica. The last smartphone with that sort of pixel packing power was the Nokia PureView, which rocked a 41MP sensor.

The two rear cameras of the P20 Pro are also well-equipped. One is said to incorporate an 8MP telephoto lens that combines with the 40MP sensor to deliver a “hybrid zoom” function. The 8MP camera delivers 3x optical zoom, which is then augmented by the 40MP camera to provide an additional 5x digital zoom. The third camera is thought to be rated at 20MP, but shoot in black and white so that its images can be stitched together with the 40MP sensor for additional contrast and detail. Laser AF and IR-RGB sensor will round out the P20 Pros formidable photographic package.

In terms of other key specifications, we can expect a 24MP front-facing selfie camera, and a 6.1-inch OLED display with a 19:9 resolution and a 1,080 x 2,240 pixel resolution. It will be powered by an in-house Kirin 970 chipset matched with 6 GB of RAM and include 128 GB of storage. Battery is expected to be 4,000 mAh, while it will join the headphone jack-less throng with just a single USB-C port. For a flagship device with these sorts of credentials, expect it to be priced over US$800.


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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2018-03-21 (Update: 2018-03-21)