Robust camera sensors highlight of new Huawei smartphone

Huawei is reportedly incorporating a powerful set of camera features on its upcoming Mate 30 Pro flagship smartphone. Shown here is the older Huawei Mate 10. (Weibo)

High smartphone prices and falling sales are forcing smartphone makers to scramble to differentiate their new products from the competition. One key battleground is the smartphone camera, as manufacturers are packing in higher resolution to meet users’ needs for a premium camera they can carry around with them at all times.

A recent article on the site of International Business Times (IBT) hints that Chinese smartphone supplier Huawei may be dramatically upping the ante. The article, quoting well-connected sources, says that Huawei’s upcoming flagship phone, the Mate 30 Pro, will outdo Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 in terms of camera features. It will feature two 40 MP cameras, plus one 8 MP telephoto lens with 5x zoom.

What’s interesting is that the two 40 MP lenses are different from each other despite having the same size, according to sources quoted in the article. One 40 MP lens is a 1/1.5-in. sensor with f/1.6 - f/1.4 aperture. It has RYYB pixel layout and Cine lens features when capturing videos. The other 40 MP lens is a 1/1.7 in., 120 degree ultrawide lens, with cine lens features as well.

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If true, the camera specs are superior to what’s been reported regarding Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10. The Note 10 reportedly will have 12 MP main sensor, a 12 MP telephoto lens, and a 16 MP camera for wide angle shots. The phone also has a 10 MP front-facing camera. There will also be a Plus version of the Note that adds a Time of Flight (TOF) sensor to the three cameras found on the standard version, according to reports.

According the report, the source providing the information on the Huawei camera said the “cine lens” feature was software-based. The source reportedly added that the Mate 30 Pro camera’s primary advantage is video recording rather than taking photos.

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