The Huawei P30 Pro could use Sony's 38MP IMX607 image sensor
The Huawei P20 Pro
The arrival of the Huawei P20 Pro earlier this year showed the world that cameras were an important part of Huawei’s strategy – it was the first smartphone to feature three rear sensor – and moving into 2019 it seems this will be no different.
According to a new piece of information, the Huawei P30 Pro will be the first smartphone to use Sony’s unannounced IMX607 image sensor. This reportedly features an impressive 38-megapixel resolution and uses a similar approach to the main camera found in the Huawei P20 Pro. However, there are small changes that could make a huge difference.
The camera featured on Huawei’s current flagship relies on a Quad Bayer filter and uses two different exposure lengths – half of the pixels are used for long exposure and the remaining ones are used for short exposure – in order to create a better image overall. Rather than using a Quad Bayer on the new sensor, though, Sony has included a Dual Bayer combined with a new white HDR Coding Array.
This setup allows the range of white pixels to be used for capturing light and detail. Thus, the need for a separate monochrome lens is removed entirely, paving the way for a new wide-angle camera such as the one seen on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
Alongside the improved low-light performance, Sony’s unannounced image sensor also looks set to support Quad Pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus for faster and more accurate autofocus, built-in temperature and ambient light sensors, and improved noise reduction.