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Rumour: Huawei’s P20 Pro will feature a 40MP slow-mo camera

Posted: 21 March 2018 8:58 am
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Seriously high megapixel count, triple lenses and slow motion video expected on Huawei's new flagship phone.

We're only a week away from Huawei's official announcement of its 2018 P-series phones, expected to be called the Huawei P20 Lite, Huawei P20 and P20 Pro. A steady succession of leaks has primed us for what to expect from Huawei's new flagships, especially in the camera space.

The latest leak, courtesy of WinFuture suggests that the top tier P20 phone, the P20 Pro, will have as its signature a triple camera system with a 40MP primary sensor.

That's a lot of pixels to pack into a smartphone sensor, given that the P20 Pro's competitors generally top out at 20MP or so.

Part of the reason for the heavy megapixel count could be to assist in Huawei's rumoured "hybrid zoom" that combines a 3x optical zoom sensor with that upped pixel count to crop into an image for an effective 5x zoom.

Not quite the same thing as true optical zoom, but for the usage patterns of most smartphone photographers, probably more than enough.

In terms of the other two cameras on the P20 Pro, it's expected that the 3x optical lens will be an 8MP sensor, while there will also be a 20MP tertiary sensor. If Huawei follows previous form, expect this to be a purely monochrome sensor, used to add punch to portrait photographs, as well as providing moody black and white exposures if that's your passion.

It's also expected that the Huawei P20 Pro will follow the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium in offering 960 frames per second slow motion features at 720p quality, although that's still a step beneath Sony's newer Xperia XZ2, which supports 960fps at 1080p.

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