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Teardown reveals all four Huawei P30 Pro camera sensors supplied by Sony

At the heart of the Huawei P30 Pro's Leica-branded camera system lies four Sony CMOS sensors. (Source: Huawei)
At the heart of the Huawei P30 Pro's Leica-branded camera system lies four Sony CMOS sensors. (Source: Huawei)
A teardown of the new Huawei P30 Pro shows that all four sensors that make up its vaunted camera system have all been supplied by Sony. Although not unexpected, it does dilute the “co-engineered with Leica” branding featured on the device.

The Huawei P30 Pro has caused something of a stir since its launch with reviewers all praising its camera capabilities. Given the “P” in its name stands for photography, it should come as no surprise that the device really delivers on image quality, particularly its night and zoom modes. Also not entirely surprising is the discovery by System Plus Consulting in its teardown of the device that all four of its rear camera sensors have been supplied by Sony, despite its “co-engineered with Leica” branding.

The main 40MP Super Sensing Camera, the SuperZoom Lens, 20MP Ultra Wide Angle Lens and the 3D Time-of-flight (TOF) camera all rely on Sony’s imaging prowess. The dual camera sensor uses an RYYB (Red, Yellow, Yellow, Blue) filter while the main module uses a standard RGB configuration. The use of the RYYB is said to help capture more light helping to explain its impressive low-light performance. The TOF sensor is used for both enhanced AR and better bokeh thanks to the specialized auto-focus and depth sensing that Time-of-flight provides. This sensor is rumored to find its way into the next iPhone as well.

Leica, for its part, typically works with Huawei on the lenses and the imaging software. However, Sony deserves to receive at least some of the praise for the P30 Pro’s camera performance. There is a reason it is the leading supplier of smartphone CMOS sensors with Apple and many others also relying on Sony for their optical capabilities. The only irony is that Sony has yet to nail smartphone camera photography in its own flagship designs (highlighting the importance of image processing software) but in this instance, “It’s a full design win for Sony,” according to System Plus Consulting.

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Inside the guts of the Huawei P30 Pro quad-camera system. (Source: EETimes)
Inside the guts of the Huawei P30 Pro quad-camera system. (Source: EETimes)
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-04-16 (Update: 2019-04-16)
Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - News Editor
I have been tech-obsessed from the time my father introduced me to my first computer, an Apple ][. Since then, I have grown to enjoy exploring and experimenting with any computing platform that I can get my hands on – I am the definitive early adopter! I have always been interested in how we can use technology to shape and improve our lives, most recently using it to record, mix and master my debut record, Acuity – Nature | Nurture out now on Spotify.