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Huawei's P20 Pro boasts the world's first Leica-designed triple camera setup

By James Lu - on 27 Mar 2018, 9:30pm

Huawei's P20 Pro boasts the world's first Leica-designed triple camera setup

Huawei unveiled the P20 and P20 Pro today. Both phones have an iPhone X-style design with a notch at the top of the display, however, unlike the iPhone X and every other notched phone, Huawei has also included a fingerprint scanner/home button below the display.

The P20 has a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio 2,240 x 1,080 pixels resolution (~428ppi) LCD display, while the P20 Pro has a 6.1-inch 18.5:9 aspect ratio 2,240 x 1,080 pixels resolution (~408ppi) OLED display. 

The P20 Pro is also the first smartphone to feature a Leica-designed triple camera setup, with a 40-megapixel f/1.8 RGB lens, a 20-megapixel f/1.6 monochrome lens, and an f/2.4 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom. The P20 Pro's large 1/1.7-inch sensor also offers up to an incredible 102,400 ISO. The P20 has a dual camera setup, pairing a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel Monochrome sensor. On the front of both phones is a 24-megapixel selfie camera.

Huawei has also improved upon the AI camera features we first saw in the Mate 10 Pro. New features include an AI-assisted composition tool, which provides intelligent suggestions to frame group shots and landscapes, and a new 4D predictive focus, which predicts moving objects and focuses on them to better capture minute details of objects in motion. Both phones are also capable of shooting 960fps slow motion footage at 720p.

Design-wise, both phones feature the same metal and glass build, with a metal frame and glass on the front and back. Interestingly, despite having the same design, only the P20 Pro has an IP67 rating - the P20 only has an IP53 rating. Both phones are powered by Huawei's Kirin 970 processor, which is the same chip we saw in the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The P20 has 4GB RAM, while the P20 Pro has 6GB RAM.

“The P Series inspires creativity and ignites a passion for photography all over the world,” said Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Consumer Business Group. “With its groundbreaking triple-lens camera on the Huawei P20 Pro, powerful artificial intelligence advances and stunning new colors, the new Huawei P20 Series is designed to reflect beauty and light. Like no other smartphones, the Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro let today’s most vibrant consumers capture and share the brilliance of the world around them.”

The P20 and P20 Pro will be in four colors: Twilight, Black, Midnight Blue and Pink Gold, and will be available in April. Singapore will be one of the first countries to launch the phone. Pricing and pre-order details will be announced early next week.

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