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Leaked advertising material indicates Huawei P11 might have triple 40 MP rear lens and 5x Hybrid zoom

The camera has been a major advertising focus for Huawei since their partnership with German camera maker, Leica. (Source: Huawei)
The camera has been a major advertising focus for Huawei since their partnership with German camera maker, Leica. (Source: Huawei)
Huawei has been steadily improving their phone cameras to compete with the best available from the competition. Now four advertising posters have leaked via the portfolio of a creative agency that works with Huawei showing that the PCE series will have a triple rear-lens setup with 40 MP sensors.

The camera setups on Huawei’s flagship-class P series and Mate series phones have been produced in partnership with Leica for a couple of years now. The P9, P10, and Mate 9 produced photos with pleasing colors, good dynamic range, and smooth sense of depth, but while they scored well in reviews they were often outclassed by competition from Apple, Google, Samsung, and LG. This changed to an extent with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, whose f/1.6 12 MP color and f/1.6 20 MP monochrome sensor combination scored in line with the Google Pixel 2 and Apple iPhone X on DxOMark (personal preference still applies).

It looks like the P11 could step this up to the next level after a “digital artist at one of the company’s creative agencies added these ‘PCE-series’ ads to their portfolio” according to Evan Blass. The image is of four adverts that share a campaign theme of ‘I don’t take pictures, I make pictures.’

The first claims a triple-lens rear camera setup (co-engineered with Leica), with at least one of those sensors being 40 MP, and the ability to zoom up to 5x using hybrid zoom (optical plus digital). The high megapixel sensor(s) is likely to play a part in improving detail in the digital aspect of the hybrid system.

The remaining three posters talk of a 24 MP front camera, a new sensor and optics that increase light captured by 100% (compared to what?) in low-light situations, and AI assist abilities for scene recognition and auto framing.

While this isn’t confirmed to be the P11, it would be the next logical flagship-class release from the company, and this helps to fuels the assumption that the PCE series and the P series are the same. Based on previous release schedules for the P series, we would expect the P11 to arrive between February and April 2018.

Leaked advertising material from the portfolio of a creative agency used by Huawei. (Source: Evan Blass)
Leaked advertising material from the portfolio of a creative agency used by Huawei. (Source: Evan Blass)

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Craig Ward, 2017-12- 6 (Update: 2017-12- 7)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.