Is Nokia's PureView research behind the 40MP P20 Pro camera?

Is Nokia's PureView research behind the 40MP P20 Pro camera?
Now that we have one last confirmation that the P20 Pro flagship that Huawei is expected to unveil tomorrow will indeed have a tri-camera setup on the back, and one of the sensor's resolution will come at the whopping 40MP, it's time to pull back and say "wait, what?"

Apart from specialized cameras with phone functions, there's never been a handset with 40MP sensors, at least not in the modern era of slim and elegant smartphones in the Android-iOS duopoly. Looking back memory lane, however, we can think of at least two, all made with Nokia know-how, the 808 PureView, and the Lumia 1020. Those came with giant sensor sizes, however, making us wonder how may Huawei have fitted a 40MP camera in what seems to be a thin and light contemporary smartphone body.

Well, one needs to look no further than Huawei's R&D center in... you guessed it... Finland, the birthplace of Nokia. The research hub seemingly employs quite a lot of former Nokia mobile specialists, judging from their LinkedIn profiles. In addition, a few job announcements for Huawei's R&D center we quickly went through, are looking for "mobile" and "optics" specialists, indicating work on smartphone cameras may be picking up steam there as well. 

All in all, it will be pretty fascinating if Huawei tomorrow unveils an elegant handset with Nokia PureView camera origins, and we can't wait to pit it against all the Galaxies, iPhone and Pixels of this world.

source: Huawei, LinkedIn (1,2)

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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)



1. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hopefully Huawei has dotted all I's and crossed all T's then regarding any patents that may or may not be infringed on. Otherwise I'm sure Nokia will have something to say about it before all is said and done...

6. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

8. Subie

Posts: 2356; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Plus one for the link mate!

10. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

The man who is responsible for the great camera tech of Nokia including the Nokia 1020 Eero Salmelin is now the head of imaging and video technology department so it is more likely, it will be something as exciting as the Nokia Lumia 1020. source:

11. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 908; Member since: May 07, 2014

I am pretty excited for the camera of P20. One thing that makes me hate the phone its design. It does not look that bad but they shouldn't have copied the camera position and the notch shouldn't have made it to their premium phone. The Mate 10 Pro Looks great without a notch and the screen-to-body ratio is not bad.

2. pooma

Posts: 86; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

1/1.12 inch sensor, 1.5< micron pixel size, f 1.5, google image processing( HRD+) powered by SD 845... my dream camera on a smartphone..

7. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Big sensor does not need bigger f value. Itbwill still suffer from.overexposion, smartphones dont have low values of EV like cameras. They even always use EV=0 if you use auto mode. Multi-frame trick sucks when you need slow shutter. You set 1s, it takes more than 1s ...

3. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

Phonearena, Also Head of Huawei imaging is co Inventor of pureview Technology, Eero Salmelin. And Huawei Also licence some Nokia technologies to use in their devices last year.

9. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They licence network patents, not patent about camera etc and Microsoft still have the rights to use PureView tech.

4. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

This sensor of P20 Pro , I believe the Pixels are way smaller than 1 micron. Something like 0.5 or smaller. Example: imx300 (used for Z5, XZ and XA2 ) has 1/2.3" with 7.87mm diagonal. Each Pixel is 1.12 micron. The imx220 ( Z series) has same size of imx300, but 1.22 micron Pixels due to 20.7MP against 23. To have 1.12 micron the sensor has to be twice the size of imx300, which has near 30mm2. I believe it may shoot 20 or 10MP and combine them like OP5t.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

This is what I'm most interested about as well. Can't wait to see what they put together. I just hope the consumer actually gets the benefit of super detailed images and the ability to crop deep into photos without much loss of detail. If they really pulled this off, this may be my next phone especially with the battery size Huawei outs in their flagships.

12. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

I am amazed by the battery life of the Mate 10 Pro, despite that huge screen. The P20 Pro looks to have the same battery size and chipset, plus the acclaimed 40MP PureView camera. Really, the Huawei may be the only flagship of 2018 really innovative and really worth its price.

13. KingSam

Posts: 1426; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

But with that small sensor low light will be trash but for daytime this could be great. I would prefer a wide angle though. Wide + lelephoto + normal.

14. dollaronewebhosting

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 27, 2018

I hope Huawei is the most selling premium phones in just come days ex:- honor 9 lite 9 lite pro 8 pro and p20 is the Best specification phone in Best price. Huawei: is launching in phone P20. It has total68 MegaPixel Camera in this Phone.

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