Rumour | Huawei P40 Pro: Two optical zoom cameras and two large sensors to deliver visionary photography for Huawei's new flagship series?
While Huawei has confirmed that it will be launching the P40 series on March 26, details about the series remain unclear. Plenty of leaks have appeared online though, and Huawei has set expectations for the P40 series to deliver "visionary photography". It remains to be seen how many devices Huawei will bring under the P40 series umbrella, too. The company may release five P40 handsets in total, with three devices reportedly joining the P40 Lite and P40 Lite E. While the P40, P40 Pro and a P40 Pro Porsche Edition will be new devices, the P40 Lite and P40 Lite E are re-branded versions of the Nova 7i and Huawei Y7p, respectively.
According to Huawei leaker @RODENT950, the P40 series is set to feature an "unprecedented design", along with "new materials" and "new camera[s]". As we have previously reported, the P40 Pro could feature two optical zoom cameras alongside a 52 MP IMX700 and a 40 MP IMX700. While we have already seen Xiaomi do this on the Mi Note 10 series with 2x and 5x sensors, Huawei will apparently up the ante with 3x and 10x optical zoom cameras.
While the above may be capable of delivering "visionary photography" as Huawei is promoting the P40 series, the P30 Pro has shown that excellent hardware does not always convert into the best results. The P30 Pro ranks behind a host of smartphones including the Find X2 Pro, Mi 10 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max and Galaxy Note 10+, according to DxOMark. Likewise, we found that the Galaxy S10 Plus generally outperformed the P30 Pro in our camera tests, despite having technically inferior camera hardware. Overall, Huawei needs to get the software and hardware right before it can claim to have brought about "visionary photography".