Huawei debuts P20 Pro with triple camera, P20, P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Pro Camera Review: Photo Mode

Huawei has announced its latest flagship smartphone, the P20 Pro, which boasts a triple camera system, price tag €899, $1,115, £788. The company has also launched the dual-camera P20 and P20 Lite phones.

Another product of its strategic partnership with Leica Camera, Huawei’s new P20 Pro smartphone boasts three individual cameras, which it’s calling the world’s first Leica Triple camera system.

Huawei’s Leica Triple camera system consists of a 20-megapixel Monochrome camera, a 40-megapixel camera with an RGB lens and a Telephoto lens with an 8-megapixel camera.

In total, the Huawei P20 Pro’s Leica Triple camera system boasts 68-megapixel resolution, but outputs images at 10 megapixels using what the company calls its Light Fusion Technology.

Light Fusion Technology joins four pixels into one larger one for better low-light capability. The sensor has a Bayer pattern that groups four pixels of each colour (eg four green, four red, etc).

In short, Light Fusion Technology is basically the Huawei P20 Pro camera downsampling the 68 megapixels of data to a 10-megapixel image.

The Huawei P20 Pro also introduces a new Ultra Snapshot mode where you can double tap and press the volume down key to quickly launch the camera from screen off and shoot in 0.3sec.

Other new features include a 960fps super slow motion mode, 4D Predictive Focus and artificial intelligence that enables the P20 Pro camera to track a moving subject.

The P20 Pro’s AI will identify the subject and then select the appropriate settings.

There’s also new AI Assisted composition where, in certain modes, the Huawei P20 Pro camera detects elements such as the horizon and suggests that you straighten the camera. Likewise, in group shots it may suggest a wider composition.

Huawei is also promising no more need for a tripod with the P20 Pro, with handheld exposures achievable at up to 8 seconds thanks to AI-enhanced stabilisation. This is also available for the P20 Pro’s video mode.

A new Intelligent Gallery automatically applies around 100 tags once you’ve taken a shot. Those images that are deemed to be better by the algorithm will be shown larger in the gallery view.

With a 6-inch 2K curved OLED screen, some bezel is required for the camera, but the rest is all the display. A 30-minute charge also powers the Huawei P20 Pro battery to 58%, the company says.

The Huawei P20 phones are available in Black, Midnight Blue, Pink Gold, Twilight (last two are gradients).

Huawei P20 Pro Specs

  • 6.1 AMOLED
  • Kirin 970 with NPU Chipset
  • 6.1-inch OLED display 2240×1080
  • 18.7:9 ratio
  • 6GB/128GB Memory
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 4000mAh
  • 4.5V 5A SuperCharge
  • Leica Triple Camera
  • f/1.8 and f/1.6, 8Mp telephoto f/2.4
  • Front camera 24MP f/2.0
  • EMUI 8.1/Android 8.1 Ore
  • IP67 – water and dust
  • Audio Dolby Atmos, Type C, BT aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, LHDC
  • Connection 4*4MIMO, Cat.1.8 up to 1.2Gbps, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, BT4.2

Huawei P20 Specs

  • 5.8 FDH 224×1080
  • Kirin 970
  • 4/128GB
  • 3400mAh
  • 4.5V/5A SuperCharge
  • Leica Dual Camera 20Mp Mono+12Mp RGB, f/1.6+f/1.8
  • Front camera 24Mp, f.20
  • EMUI 8.1/ Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Not water or dust resistant
  • Audio Dolby Atmos, Type C, BT aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, LHDC

Huawei P20 Lite Specs

  • 5.84 LCD 18.7:
  • 4GB/64GB