Despite Huawei's claim, teardown of P20 Pro seems to indicate that all three cameras carry OIS

Despite Huawei's claim, teardown of P20 Pro seems to indicate that all three cameras carry OIS
The Huawei P20 Pro has a unique triple camera setup on back. There is the main 40MP RGB camera, a 20MP monochrome camera and an 8MP telephoto camera. After the phone was dissected by iFixit, the latter states that all three snappers appear to feature optical image stabilization (OIS). For those who are not familiar with this, OIS prevents your videos from looking like you overdosed on coffee, even if you went on a caffeine bender before recording.

Officially, Huawei will only admit that the 8MP camera is equipped with OIS. The manufacturer says that the other two sensors rely on the AI based Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for what it advertises on its website as AI Image Stabilization. But iFixit says that based on its tear-down, it has discovered hardware that would indicate that all three cameras have OIS capabilities (the floating lenses are a solid clue). By the way, to get off the subject just a tad, the NPU can handle things like predictive focus, add different filters like bokeh, and automatically set the camera for 19 different scenes.

Because replacing the screen means going through two layers of adhesive, iFixit gave the Huawei P20 Pro a 4/10 for repairability. Other issues mentioned in the tear down include the glass front and back creating a double hazard and the difficulty in removing the battery (although it can be done). On the positive side, many of the components used in the phone are modular and can be replaced independently.


source: iFixit

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P20 Pro
  • Display 6.1" 1080 x 2240 pixels
  • Camera 40 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 4000 mAh(25h talk time)

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24 Comments

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

lol total 16 components in such a triple camera phone,wonder what the lumia 1020,808 pure view, nokia n9,n8,n7 would have been?imagine if p20 pro has a stylus like galaxy note then 17 component beast and if 3d face id,true depth camera sensor included in then that would have made 20,21 or 22 components at most also dual speakers included that would made 22,23,24 components with 120Hz display.

5. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Also e-ink display on the back so that made 23,24,25 components at most.

19. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Integrating components into a single board should be a good thing, not bad.....

20. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

If you think more components make a better phone, then well that's just plain stupid

4. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think they can compete with the Pixel 2 cameras. That HDR+ processing is just unmatched and that's why the cameras on the Pixel are still considered the best.

6. J2017

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Wrong, have you seen the camera comparison videos on YouTube?

10. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I have seen the comparison and the Pixel is way better. The reviewers are trying to tell to ignore the fact that the Pixel takes more natural looking pictures while the Huawei applies a beauty filter to everything. The Google Pixel shows a lot more details, especially when it skin tone. The Huawei everyone into some oily paint job. I am not even a big fan of the Pixel.

12. J2017

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Huawei blows the pixel 2 out of the water especially in low light. It scored a 109 on DxOMark. Stop being such a fanboy. I'm not even a Huawei fan but I give credit where credit is due.

24. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

You are definitely acting like a fan for someone who claims to not be a fan.

23. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

No, I'm not wrong. The phone lacks that HDR+ processing algorithm that makes the Pixel phones so versatile.

7. Klinton

Posts: 1408; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

So Huawei are liars! Proven again. Do not buy Huawei products!

9. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

OIS isn't for videos!! It's for (low-light) photography.

13. dimas

Posts: 3344; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

OIS: Optical Image Stabilization. It can also affect videos which is weird for Huawei because if you have three OIS hardware, it means that it should be better than Pixel's or Sony's EIS video recording. Have you seen the reviews? Huawei P20 is too shaky when used for videos. Even LG V30 and HTC U11+ can beat it anytime. Huawei is pushing too much on their AI development that they forgot physical stabilization is still the best.

14. Subie

Posts: 2354; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

11. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

well, what difference does it make. Rather its good it has OIS. whether it is AI or actual OIS, I will still take this camera beast over any other phone.

17. Cat97

Posts: 1861; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

OIS is actually a great thing and no processing can beat it at the pixel level. But marketing really twisted the naive customer brains, and even some tech site editor brains...:)

18. ramdroid

Posts: 130; Member since: May 21, 2016

Just to market their useless AI master S**t. Which by the way only stabilizing videos at 1080p 30fps

21. kabhijeet.16

Posts: 885; Member since: Dec 05, 2012

How phone arena explains the definition of OIS in SIMPLE words - "For those who are not familiar with this, OIS prevents your videos from looking like you overdosed on coffee, even if you went on a caffeine bender before recording." So everyone understood???

22. rsiders

Posts: 1934; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But why would they get such a great feature wrong about their own product or not claim that they had it? Probably to give excuse as to why the 4k video is so terrible.lol Now the night shot "AI" assisted long exposures make more sense.

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