Huawei teases the unique 3x zoom of P20, and studio-level portraits (videos)

Huawei teases the unique 3x zoom of P20, and studio-level portraits (videos)
In case you haven't heard, the world's second-largest Android maker will be second in line to announce its spring flagships, after Samsung is done and dusted with the Galaxy S9 and S9+ unveiling. Scheduled for March 27, the "mooore" event in Paris is expected to reveal the P20/Pro/Lite trio, all with notch-y screens, big batteries, and great cameras for their respective class.

How great? Well, how about triple-camera on the more expensive P20 and Pro models - a regular shooter, a monochromatic one (in a Huawei traditions), and a new telephoto lens - the best of all worlds. Well, save for wide-angle lens like on the LG flagships, but there is always the quad-camera possibility next year. We kid, but the "mooore" event teaser implies three cameras, and Huawei just outed two teaser videos which seem to confirm what does one of these lenses do.

One of the promos is called "See Closer," in a reference to the possible telephoto lens - a first for a Huawei phone. That's not all there is to it, though, as the P20/Pro may be the first handsets with 3x telephoto zoom, as iPhones, Galaxies, Nokias and Xiaomi Mi6 offer 2x zoom. The reason for this speculation is the writing on the leaked press renders of the P20 you see above, which clearly state 27-80mm equivalent, or about three times zoom. This extra magnification should be more than enough for the casual shooter to bring its objects of shooting desire closer, like on sporting events, or simply shooting animals with the kids through the fence in a zoo. 

The other teaser video is called "See Bighter," and, while it might refer to some low-light king-fu on part of Huawei, given the Leica-branded lens with the listed wide f/1.6 and regular f/2.4 apertures, the footage actually says "a light studio in the palm of your hand… for a portrait that radiates," as Huawei puts it in the description, perhaps referring to depth-of-field tricks and portrait lighting. Let's not forget  also that the new P20 trio apparently comes with a notch at the top, where the company may be housing all sorts of front camera shenanigans, but let's wait for March 27, before we draw too many conclusions.

Related phones

  • Display 5.8" 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 24 MP front
  • Processor HiSilicon Kirin, Octa-core, 2360 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3400 mAh(19h talk time)
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)



1. toukale

Posts: 648; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

Lol, you gotta love those companies, I am sure it's only a matter of time before someone adds a 4th camera to a smartphone. What a time to be alive.

13. Marcwand3l

Posts: 446; Member since: May 08, 2017

So what's the problem?

14. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Razors are up to 6 blades now. Whats up with phones with 4 lenses?

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4267; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Nice commercials. Didn't see reference to a selfie flash in the videos though.

12. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

On second video. That dummy phone didn't have rear camera and flash, so most likely it's front flash. (They also use that dummy phone on 1st video though :-/)

3. jove39

Posts: 2147; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Hope 3x zoom is usable in this phone. iPhone 7P has worthless telephoto lens. Camera app doesn’t even bother to switch to telephoto lens on 2x zoom. Just keep on using digital zoom.

6. TerryD

Posts: 553; Member since: May 09, 2017

Even when there is loads of light such as outdoors?

4. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

How come they are not teasing the notch, I wonder? Huawei too ashamed to admit that it's a little monkey who does what it sees, eh? Notch on an Android Smartphone is a telltale sign of 'inferiority complex'. Oh well, G'Day!

5. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There's no doubt that it will be a great performer, it's just a shame that they had to release their beast in a package that looks like a $100 iPhone X clone.

7. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 926; Member since: May 07, 2014

Exactly my thoughts. I am a big fan of Huawei and this seems to be a great phone especially the Pro version but they are letting me down in front of all those Apple fans who blame Android OEMs for copying (Not that Apple does not copy but there is no point in copying a flaw of another phone) They started removing the headphone jack, now this stupid notch.

10. maherk

Posts: 6965; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Same here. I wanted to wait till the p20's announcement before deciding on whether I should get the S9 or the P20, but after the recent leaks, I knew it was pointless for me to wait, as the phone's design is cheap for the price Huawei would be asking for.

8. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

ok take my money

9. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Hahah nice ad. Huawei always gave a nice features and nice desgin to P line , but not flagship mate line

11. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

literally stunned to see huawei's camera . way better than much hyped samsung galaxy s9. waiting for this to launch in Canada. even mate 10 pro camera is better than s9 . amazing

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