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Huawei Mate 40’s camera is rumoured to use ‘free-form’ lenses

By Ng Chong Seng - on 16 Jun 2020, 7:15am

Huawei Mate 40’s camera is rumoured to use ‘free-form’ lenses

Huawei Mate 30 Pro. (Image: Huawei.)

As we await the arrival of the Huawei P40 Pro+, the rumour mill is already churning about the Chinese company’s next big thing — the Mate 40 series.

Tipped to arrive sometime in Oct, the Huawei Mate 40 is said to come with the 5nm Kirin 1000 SoC. Other than expecting it to be faster than the Kirin 990 and come with 5G support, the Kirin 1000 is still a fairly unknown entity at the moment.

In the camera department, Huawei Central is saying that the Mate 40 will use a ‘9P free-form' lens module made by Largan Precision, a major Taiwan-based supplier of camera lens modules for smartphones, tablets and digital cameras. Pointing to this Digitimes report, Largan has already completed development of its free-form and 9P (nine plastic lens pieces) lens modules, and is expecting clients to use them in their products in Q4 this year. To be clear, Largan didn’t mention Huawei, but the guess makes sense since Huawei is one of its major customers.

Anyway, what is a free-form lens? In a nutshell, it’s a manufacturing technique that enables a lens surface to be tailor-made to an extreme precision. In more practical terms, camera modules using this tech should produce brighter photos with more details and less distortions across the entire zoom range. A multi-fixed-focal-lengths smartphone camera that behaves more like a variable-zoom camera, if you will.

Source: Huawei Central.