Huawei is Setting New Camera Benchmarks with the P20 Pro

March 29, 2018, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Huawei’s P20 has finally come out of the wraps to woo the tech world. Despite featuring nothing more than the earlier rumored specifications, Huawei has managed to up the bars in terms of one key area; the camera.

Like rumored earlier, Huawei has launched three variants of the P20- the regular version, the Pro version and the Lite version. The talk of the town is the Pro version that comes with beefed up specs and a camera setup comprising three sensors.

The P20 Pro, featuring a notch on the top and a chin bezel on the bottom, comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display, which can be made use to turn off the display along the sides of the notch. This should satisfy those who wanted to get the notch out of flagships.  The option is available in the 5.8-inch LCD display of the regular P20, but it suits more with an OLED that can selectively turn off the entire notch section of the display

The notch doesn’t feature complex face recognition sensors like in Apple iPhone X, and this had helped in the reduction of notch thickness considerably. What it packs is the front facing camera and roundly shaped ear-piece. Huawei’s chin bezels feature a physical home button and fingerprint sensor, which is quite surprising considering the attempt to make it bezel-less.

Inside, the P20 Pro features the homemade Kirin 970 SoC with a 6GB/128GB RAM-storage combo, while it’s the same SoC with a 4GB/128GB combo for the regular version.  The 970 comes upgraded with Neural Processing Unit, though it still lags behind the Qualcomm 835 SoC. Battery is of 4000 mAh for the bigger sibling, and 3400 mAh for the regular version.

The rear-face is what needs to be gone through deeply as that’s where the three-lens camera system finds place for the first time in a smartphone. The normal 40MP-20MP sensors are accompanied by an 8MP telephoto lens.

Huawei has maintained the monochrome capture technology to boost the details of images in P20, but those will be captured by the massive 40MP sensor, which will work in a way similar to how Lumia captured details using the 42MP camera. The key here is to collect data from adjacent pixels to form a final image of 10MP with better details and brightness. Huawei has named the technology Light Fusion, though it’s same as the super pixel technology used in Lumia 1020 PureView.

But results are far better than what Nokia could deliver, and even better than what any of the modern day smartphones could offer. According to DXO rating, Huawei P20 camera have managed to come out as the top performing smartphone camera with a score that outruns competitors like iPhone X, Google Pixel 2, and Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus by miles. What really has upped the game is the Artificial intelligence used by the device to improve the image.

Huawei’s AI will deliver the best possible output for the captured images. Besides, it also makes use of AI stabilization (AIS), which helps in capturing stills with exposure as long as 5 seconds without the use of tripods. The 5X hybrid zoom and 3X optical zoom works fine even in video capture. Speaking of video capture, Huawei’s P20 Pro ranks top in that department as will, although not by a bigger margin like with its imagery.

The regular version however has the triple-camera system replaced by a dual-camera system that has a combo of 12MP and 20MP sensors. The 24MP front-cam is same for both the device, and it also features the same Light Fusion technology like in the rear sensor.

Huawei also has introduced the Lite version of P20 that replaces the Kirin 970 SoC with Kirin less capable 659 SoC. Other specifications include dual-cam setup of 16MP + 2MP, 16MP front cam sensor, 4GB RAM and 64 GB ROM.

Huawei P20 Pro is priced at €899, while the regular version and Lite version will come priced at €649 and €369 respectively. In addition to the aforesaid, Huawei will also have a Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS version launched with QHD display and 256 GB storage for €1695.

And if that’s not enough, there’s also the 512GB version in the offing for €2,095. The devices will start hitting the stores by April 6.

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