Chinese phone maker Huawei’s upcoming Mate 20 smartphone is expected to have three cameras on the back, arrange in a square (with an LED flash in one corner to give everything a uniform look).
But it looks like Huawei isn’t the only Chinese company working on a phone with a square-shaped camera system on the back. Lenovo VP Chang Cheng posted an image to Weibo this weekend showing a square with four cameras and a smaller dot in the center (that may be a flash).
Dual-camera phones have become common over the past few years, with the secondary camera often adding support for features such as wide-angle photography, telephoto zoom, adjustable depth effects (for bokeh-style images with a blurred background, among other things), and better low-light photography, among other things.
It’s unclear what Lenovo’s four cameras will do, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some combination of the features mentioned above.
Camera startup Light, meanwhile, is developing technology that could allow phone makers to ship handsets with as many as 9 different rear cameras.