The Huawei P20 Pro just won a big photography award

The Huawei P20 Pro just won a big photography award
Huawei’s P20 Pro has been given a photography award by the Technical Image Press Association, also known as TIPA. Huawei certainly raised eyebrows with the launch of its latest triple camera-boasting flagship which immediately dethroned the Galaxy S9+ upon launch to take the crown of best smartphone camera according to DxOMark. Now, continuing to impress, the P20 Pro’s camera has once again been honored, this time with the 2018 Best Photo Smartphone award by TIPA.

Winning the award is a huge achievement for Huawei. After all, TIPA is a non-profit organization that partners up with 30 major photo and image publications on an annual basis, giving them the chance to vote for the best camera in a number of categories that rate the likes traditional DSLR cameras and other more unique concepts such as drone cameras and 360º cameras. In regards to Huawei's win, the unique triple camera setup that boasts both a monochrome and telephoto lens appears to have ultimately been the deciding factor, giving it the edge over competing devices that usually offer just one extra sensor.

Smartphone camera awards are often seen as controversial accolades due to the fact that they can’t necessarily value a smartphone’s camera according to the needs of every consumer. Nonetheless, they are certainly a good indication of how good the sensors in question are and, considering Huawei’s latest flagship is receiving consistent praise lately, it’s clear that the smartphone undeniably boasts one of the bests cameras on the market. 

The decision to include the triple-camera layout was part of Huawei’s new promise to be bolder when it comes to taking future decisions. After all, the company recently stated that it had originally researched notched displays around four years ago but ultimately scrapped the idea for fear of consumer backlash. Moving forward, though, the company is adamant that similar mistakes will not happen, with it even introducing the new “Twilight” color option in the hope of pushing design boundaries.

Huawei has high hopes for its latest lineup when it comes to sales, mentioning that it has set an internal goal of 20 million P20 combined unit shipments in 2018. If recent sales in China are anything to go by, it appears the devices are off to a great start, with the company selling $15 million worth of P20 and P20 Pro units in just 10 seconds.

source: TIPA via: Slashgear

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1. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Congratulations Huawei.

20. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

This award is meaningless just like DXOMark. It's all about who pays more. apple, google, and hauwei are all in for a bid to see who gets the highest score. Samsung S9+ in reality takes much better pictures than this pos huawei phone that overprocess so much you don't see any details at all. Just take a look at all the non fake review sites and user experiences all over the web and you can see people rate the S9+ camera higher than the competition.

28. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Even Galaxy S9+ too won DXOMark’s award for having best camera phone with 98 points. So will you now say that Samsung paid DXOMark? Seriously you guys get so much b**thurt when something is better than your favourite product.

36. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 924; Member since: May 07, 2014

Common man, you are making the Samsung fans look stupid.. I love the looks of the Galaxy S9 and the camera is great, But common be reasonable.

2. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

TIPA? it's fashionable to pay for awards.I have researched and they have only given 2 awards in their history to a smartphone 2017 to huawei and 2018 to huawei, this is advised by fakedxomark

15. TechNeck

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

This is one of the pettiest replies I've ever seen. Huawei has a history of having amazing cameras. If you're just going to be close-minded, you should not be replying to any articles.

3. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Those corrupted organizations probably judge photos based on number of camera. Yeah next time bring four cameras, Nowei your gonna win again.

32. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

But their real camera awards look really good and unbiased tho... Would do research before you talk about corruption if you ask me. Huawei definitly raised the bar for other flagships. Even if the end picture is not better due to software, their hardware is top notch. Pixel 2 showed how important software is. A mix of those 2 phones would be the true phone camera.

4. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I never trust those organizations rather than my own eyes. The Galaxy S9 produce the must natural look and no software enhancement. This is what should be taking in to consideration.

6. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016


12. midan

Posts: 2971; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

"The Galaxy S9 produce the must natural look and no software enhancement." You are just trolling, right? It's exactly opposite. Did you miss this? Not much love for S9

21. mootu

Posts: 1527; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

"I never trust those organizations rather than my own eyes. The Galaxy S9 produce the must natural look and no software enhancement." The S9 realies really heavily on "software enhancement" For every shot it shoots 12 images quickly and then combine them into one shot. The camera's hardware actually captures 12 photos then splits them into batches of four images. Software on the phone then takes the best out of those and combines them into the best image. Maybe you should climb back into your little K-Pop bubble and learn how the phone you worship actually works.

24. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

natural and Samsung can't be in the same sentence.

29. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Hope you enjoy the copied 960fps HD... LOL, it has twice the DRAM of XZ2 and still cant record 1080p, nor even double the time recorded.

5. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Good for Huawei, but ultimately it's a very subjective thing, so people should just look at what is generally perceived to be the best, and then see which ones fits their own preferences. The Google Pixels, Samsung Galaxy flagships and iPhone flagships are all safe bets, and it seems like Huawei might be joining that club of safe bets. Before they join that club they do need to iron out the issues with their video, as it still lacks 4k60fps and stabilization at just 4k30fps, which is dissapointing.

7. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Never herd of that organization before. Who else has won an award from them before Huawei?

9. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

I haven't either, but i never really look for smartphone photography awards, so that might be why. The only thing i look at, which is related to smartphone photography awards, is DxOmark, but that's just to get a quick idea of which phones are good and which ones aren't.

11. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

very well deserved award. good on ya HUAWEI. Keep the innovation alive

14. Furkan

Posts: 552; Member since: Feb 25, 2017

Just pay them , they will do what you want like DxOmark , completely fake

22. vasta

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

No surprise, many of the geniuses behind Nokia’s PureView cameras are now working for Huawei in an R&D centre in Finland.

30. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

The main enginer of pureview works with Apple since 2014. Mate and P20 camera made with cooperation with Leica not Nokia pureview.

31. S4NDY

Posts: 252; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

not one person gets marvels at the time.Huawei employs 300 people in Finland and all are ex-nokia engineers.

23. Vagabondjonez

Posts: 163; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

People don't even care if it's not Apple in the states for the most part.

33. Venom

Posts: 3673; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

I don't think this study is legitimate because currently the Pixel phones are the highest rated when it comes to the camera and that is a proven fact. They are the ones who have been "killing it" in the camera department.

25. meanestgenius

Posts: 22186; Member since: May 28, 2014

Awesome news. Huawei has been steadily putting some of the best smartphones out in recent memory, and they’ve been killing it in the camera department. Congrats to you, Huawei. Keep on innovating.

26. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

DxOMark scores and awards aside, the most exciting thing about Huawei's P20 Pro is the amount of flexibility the camera system has. This is not hype but just facts. The P20 Pro is the most capable camera because it has a simple auto mode and an expansive pro mode. To me that's the only place the Pixel 2 fails. You get point and shoot quality and then you have to rely on third party apps for all the extras. If Huawei can update the camera app to support EIS in 4k they've really covered all the bases even if their scores and accolades can be seen as inflated or generously given.


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Thanks to Nokia!

34. geordie8t1

Posts: 305; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

I have both the s9 plus and p20 pro, and having used samsungs for years, the camera on this p20 pro is amazing, not tested its full potential yet but monochrome samples are brilliant, hybrid zoom works really well and the master AI input for adjusting and editing photos automatically seem very well so far, personally the huawei hands down beats my s9, although its still close

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