Huawei’s new flagship phones are oozing with modern styling including slim bezels and a notch for the front-facing camera. But it’s the cameras on the back that really makes the Huawei P20 Pro stand out.

This is the first phones to feature 3 rear cameras rather than one or two. And that’s just part of what makes the camera system special.

Huawei is also launching a new dual-camera phone called the P20.

As expected, the Huawei P20 Pro has a Leica camera system consisting of:

  1. 40MP f/1.8 primary camera
  2. 8MP 3X telephoto f/2.4 lens
  3. 20MP mono f/1.6 lens

Between those cameras, you can shoot high-res photos, snap pictures with up to 5X hybrid zoom, and adjust depth effects for blurred backgrounds. There’s also a 4-way autofocus system that uses phase detection, laser, contrast, and depth detection, and a dual-tone LED flash.

Huawei says the phone supports up to ISO 102,400 for low-light photography,  and slow-motion video at up to 960 frames per second at 720p resolution.

There’s also a 24MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Oh, and if you’re not fond of the notch that the front-facing camera hangs out in, you can camouflage it by painting the screen around the notch black so that it looks like the phone has a normal bezel, thanks to a software toggle.

The Huawei P20 Pro sports a 6.1 inch, 2244 x 1080 pixel OLED display, a Kirin 970 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,000 mAh battery, and fast charging with support for getting a 58% charge in 30 minutes. The phone has an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.

If you’re willing to settle for dual cameras, the non-pro version of the Huawei P20 features the same processor and a similar design. But it has slightly less exciting specs, including:

  • 5.8 inch, 2244 x 1080 pixel display
  • Kirin 970 CPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 12MP f/1.6 color + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome rear cameras
  • Optical Image Stabilization and 720p/960fps slow-motion video
  • 4-way autofocus
  • 24MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 3,400 mAh battery
  • IP53 water and dust resistance

The Huawei P20 sells for €649 in Europe, and the P20 Pro is priced at €899. There are currently no plans to sell either model in the US… which is disappointing, but not surprising.

 



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One reply on “3-camera phones are here: Huawei launches P20 Pro (and the dual-camera Huawei P20)”

  1. It’s good to see devices like this with more than 32gb of storage. This one has 4 times more storage than an Intel Comuter Stick. No wonder mobile devices are eating WinTel’s lunch.

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