Update: Huawei P40 Pro might flaunt 10X zoom lens, Galaxy S11+ alleged to come with 5X zoom

Update: Huawei P40 Pro might flaunt 10X zoom lens, Galaxy S11+ alleged to come with 5X zoom
The Huawei P40 Pro is expected to once again surprise us with the longest zoom lens ever put on a mainstream flagship phone: leaks now say that the P40 Pro will feature a 10X periscope zoom lens, allowing you to zoom further with more clarity. Last year, the P30 Pro raised the bar with a 5X periscope zoom lens, a feature that Samsung is expected to implement in its 2020 Galaxy S11.

The sensors for the telephoto cameras will also be different, and all of this information comes from Samsung leaker @IceUniverse:

  • Galaxy S11+ 48MP telephoto camera, periscope, 5X optical zoom 
  • Huawei P40 Pro 16MP telephoto camera, periscope, 10X optical zoom

***Update: Another source has just confirmed that the Huawei P40 Pro is indeed expected to use this brand new 10X zoom periscope camera system. This second report comes from no other than leak superstar Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors), one of the most reliable sources we have had in the last few years.

In a research note with TF International Securities, Kuo says the P40 Pro is expected to launch in the first half of 2020 and adds that the trend of improved optical zoom cameras will extend to more high-end phones next year. And that's about as specific as the report gets: we don't have information about the exact 2020 flagship models that might get such hyper-zoom optics, but we will be on the look-out for news and update you as soon as new information becomes available.***

As much fun as it sounds to have a 10X optical zoom lens, zooming so far away might also be a bit of an overkill. Surely, you can capture some cool shots of birds or maybe sports, but for everyday photography, the application of such a long lens are not that many. We are also wondering whether Huawei has done some special work on the camera to ensure the clarity is maintained for zoom shots in the 1X to 10X range, but that is a question we don't have an answer to yet.

New design, old problems with US Gov't



Just a couple of days ago, we saw the first leaked photos of the Huawei P40 Pro and the design definitely stands out. Huawei uses a slightly curved glass not just at the sides of the phone, but also at the top and the bottom. This means that you have the aluminum frame protect the phone at the edges and this peculiarity should also be reflected in the actual cases for the phone.

Under the hood, the P40 Pro is expected to be powered by the Huawei's own Kirin 990 chip, the same one found on the Mate 30 Pro. And since the new P40 Pro is also expected to have a 5G version, the battery is expected to grow in size to support the demands of a 5G phone and we might see a battery cell as big as 5500mAh. Fast charging via an even faster, 50-watt wall charger is in the cards and wireless charging support is also planned.

The biggest question surrounding this new flagship phone by Huawei, however, remains the company's problems with the US Government that ban it from including Google services on its latest phones. A phone with no Google Play Store, no YouTube, no Gmail, no Google Maps and the rest is pretty much useless and Huawei itself has chosen not to sell such a phone in Western Europe. So far, it seems that there will be no deal that would change that for Huawei by March 2020 when the P40 Pro is expected to launch.

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19 Comments

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22807; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei and Samsung are two of the most innovative smartphone companies around today. They push the envelope when it comes to smartphones. Can’t wait until both of these beasts from their respective companies are released.

8. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I agree. S11 is rumoured to feature triple/quad camera setup with huge sensors, 120Hz display and large 5000mAh battery to dominate the market, meanwhile Huawei will be definitely upping their camera game (and possibly the battery as well) to take on Samsung. I'm so happy that Samsung is taking smartphone photography more seriously now and making a definite upgrade on the hardware.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22807; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree with you.

11. User123456789

Posts: 1354; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

What has Samsung done new since 2014?

15. MsPooks

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

If you're gonna troll, at least put some effort into it. Galaxy Fold. Powered S-pen. Infinity O display. That's just off the top of my head. Any questions?

16. User123456789

Posts: 1354; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Tons of things found on Galaxy were already found on other phones. Since S5, they just get what they found useful from other. - Galaxy Fold that had to be pull out for months. And it was not the first flex phone. Also Motorola is much better done. - Powered Pen that can only switch between photos and trigger shutter (something a simple smile can do). -Infinity O = dumb idea, stupid to have a hole in screen that takes part of screen way, cant be hidden while using apps. Worse than notch (which is already dumb). Take a look at Meizu 16s. Much smaller bezel than S9, with a bigger selfie cam. No notch, no hole there.

18. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I have to disagree with you on the first two. Galaxy Fold's design is much better done than Razr as Fold's display panel at least doesn't pop up as you fold it. Samsung is also the first one who has brought a stylus on a phone, and so far it's the best implementation that have inspired many other companies. If you think Note series has one just so that you can use it as a shutter, then you must be seriously out of your mind.. it's there to WRITE LETTERS ON A DISPLAY in case you have forgotten.

19. maherk

Posts: 7060; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

He's a hardcore Sony fanboy who is well known for hating on Samsung and Apple, it's his full time job. I wouldn't waste my time arguing with him.

20. Cicero

Posts: 1159; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

This is why Huawei follow Samsung trend of edge display.

17. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

In your list, you can add world's first QHD OLED display on a smartphone. Not quite sure about Infinity O Display though, that's one variant of a notch after all.

22. LiveFaith

Posts: 518; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Punchole baby!

6. vincelongman

Posts: 5813; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

5x and 10x telephotos aren't overkill They are useful for lens compression to make the subject appear closer to the background But I hope Huawei also have a 3x telephoto for portraits/3x zoom in low light

9. QuantumRazer

Posts: 216; Member since: Apr 27, 2019

I hope both companies will use 2x or even 3x regular telephoto lens to fill the gap between no zoom and 5x/10x. P30 Pro delivered some disappointing performance within 3-5x zoom because of the lack of medium range telephoto lens, and so Huawei had to revert back to 3x zoom with Mate 30 series.

10. User123456789

Posts: 1354; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Cat said 48MP telephoto. Not periscope.

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