Huawei zooms in on camera innovations during P20, P20 Pro launch

Huawei P20, P20 Pro launch LIVE UPDATES: Expected price, specs, and features

This time around, there are two devices known as the P20 and P20 Pro. It would be interesting to see how the cameras on the P20 Pro stacks against the Pixel 2.

"When I first heard that Huawei's new flagship device was going to have three rear-facing cameras I was sceptical", says Ben Wood, chief of research at CCS Insight.

On the front, meanwhile, there's a 6-inch, 18:9 aspect OLED display. Huawei says its design is inspired by the Porsche 911 and that is evident from all the curves on its body.

Plus, with a smaller battery, what looks like an inferior display and a less flexible camera than the P20 Pro, the Huawei P20 may struggle to catch the eye.

On the P20 there is a dual camera setup, consisting of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor (f/1.8 aperture) and 20-megapixel Monochrome sensor (f/1.6 aperture). Huawei has added features such as four-way autofocus with the help of PDAF, Laser, Contrast and Depth direction. The phone can also record slow-mo videos at 960 frames per second, although only in 720p resolution.

The 24MP selfie camera on both these smartphones comes with AI beautification and 3D portrait lighting which makes for attractive selfies with accurate skin tone adjustments and realistic 3D feature enhancements.

Carphone Warehouse, the UK's largest independent mobile phone retailer, is also offering all customers pre-ordering the P20 Pro and P20 devices a free pair of Bose® QC®35 wireless headphones II (RRP: £329), which it claims is the ideal accessory to take advantage of the range's advanced AI capabilities. It comes in Black, Blue, Pink Gold, and Twilight colors.

Huawei today announced the latest entries from its P-series, and as usual, there's a focus on mobile photography.

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I got the chance to test the P20 Pro for about 45 minutes ahead of the device's launch, and in limited testing, the phone was, indeed, able to capture sharper images at 5X zoom than the iPhone X.

Huawei has also improved its built-in AI system for the camera, which recognises objects and scenes, pre-selecting the best of 19 modes for the subject.

Huawei CEO for consumer business group Richard Yu unveils the P20 and P20 Pro in Paris on March 27, 2018.

Whether all of this will make for a noticeably better camera remains to be seen, but the P20's camera certainly sounds more feature-packed, despite offering superficially similar specs. Like it rumoured earlier, the P20 Pro uses a 40MP RGB sensor with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, coupled to an 8MP telephoto lens with 3X optical zoom. The secondary shooter directly beneath is a 20MP monochrome shooter like on the P20.

Like the Huawei P20 Pro, it also has Leica branded triple rear cameras. This camera is capable of shooting photos with ISO set to a whopping 102,400. Even the front-facing camera has a whopping 24-megapixel sensor - flawless for fans of selfies.

This phone is backed by a 4000mAh battery.

Key Features of the Huawei P20 Series1. Both devices are running EMUI 8.1 which is Huawei's Android skin that is built on Oreo 8.1.

Huawei P20 costs €680 and will be available soon after the event.

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