Huawei wants to put four rear cameras and 10x optical zoom on its flagship phones soon

Huawei wants to put four rear cameras and 10x optical zoom on its flagship phones soon
After topping Apple for two consecutive quarters in global smartphone shipments, it’s no big secret that Huawei is also aiming to overtake Samsung and become the world’s number one manufacturer of mobile devices... eventually.

Of course, sales volume is not everything, with bigger profit margins and various innovative technologies being actively pursued for commercial integration over the next couple of years. In a recent exclusive interview with German tech blog AndroidPIT (translated), Walter Ji, the President of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group for the Western European Region, teased and detailed (a little) some of his company’s ambitious plans to stay ahead of the competition in the near future.

While the P20 Pro was a triple-lens pioneer in early 2018, Samsung’s latest Galaxy A9 edition managed to beat everyone else to the quad-camera punch. This means Huawei is now all of a sudden playing catch-up, fully intending to release a phone with four shooters on its back at some point in 2019.

Because it’s not about the number of cameras, the Chinese tech giant envisions a not-very-distant future in which one imaging sensor would be used for 10x optical zoom. Not 3x, like the telephoto lens on the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, or the 2x-capable 10MP telephoto shooter of the mid-range Galaxy A9 (2018)

“Ten times the zoom in consistent quality” is what could make next-gen Huawei flagships shine, although technically, Walter Ji didn’t confirm the technology would be ready for primetime as early as next year. The company is still doing research, preparing a few big surprises for an unspecified release timeline.

A 5G-capable folding smartphone with a flexible display is also part of Huawei’s world domination plans, with a hefty battery, improved system speed, and reduced latency highlighted as possible key selling points. 

At the other end of the spectrum, Android One software would apparently make the company’s customers unhappy, so Huawei is likely to stick with its proprietary EMUI skin for both high and mid-end devices.

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28 Comments

1. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The Mate 20 Pro doesn't have 5X optical zoom as you mentioned. It has 5X hybrid zoom. Huawei fanboys stay afar.

8. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

It's really 5x optical zoom. 20 Pro's ultrawide focal length is 16mm, while it's telephoto is 80mm. Do some simple math and it's 5X optical zoom. While V40 did 3.25x optical zoom.

12. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The optical zoom isn't compared to the ultrawide lens man!! Did you seriously not know that? It's okay. Let me give an example. The iPhone Xs a ~27mm main back cam, and a ~52mm 2nd one. That's nearly 2x optical zoom. The Mate 20 Pro has a 26mm main lens, and a 78mm optical one. The Wide angle one is almost 14mm. So this means it has 3x optical zoom. Everyone has already stated that it has 5X hybrid zoom, so kindly don't spread misinformation. For 5X optical, it would need to have almost a 130mm lens.

15. jqnsgr

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

In which world? Every single camera in the world counts the zoom range from wide to tele no matter how wide is the wide one. Duh.

17. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Dude, the wide you are talking about is actually the standard camera whichis called wide one in comparison to the telephoto lens. For example, Apple calls the back cameras on it's Xs as "Wide-angle" and "telephoto"....while Huawei calls them "Telephoto", "wide-angle", and "ultra wide-angle". I think you were confusing the ultra wide angle with the wide angle (which is actually the standard one). It's okay, you know which is which now. Another

18. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Another thing. Huawei itself, and several youtubers such as SuperSaf have already said that it's 5X hybrid. So kindly accept that. Sorry for not remembering where Huawei said it though.

2. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Double

3. Ghost04

Posts: 517; Member since: May 03, 2014

Probably adding the Monochrome sensor again.

4. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

I hope it does.

5. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

While its true that they topped apple but it was at the expense of Samsung. iOS has no competion. Samsung fans are moving to other chinese brands because its cheap.

6. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

What do you mean by at the expense of Samsung??

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

He's saying that Huawei stealing Samsung's fans.

19. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

You can't define it as stealing. Samsung's customers aren't forced to switch to Huawei. It's their own choice.

7. Priyam009

Posts: 16; Member since: Oct 23, 2018

Other smartphone manufacturers 2 years behind, Apple 5!! The blooming of Huawei simply reminds me of the Iron man 2 dialogue !!! ;)

20. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

5 years behind in what exactly? Huawei also copied a few things from Apple, and Apple did some from Android as a whole. This cycle continues.

10. Bondurant

Posts: 780; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Huawei need a revolution on their video department as well.

11. meanestgenius

Posts: 21769; Member since: May 28, 2014

Huawei has really been pushing some great stuff out with it's smartphones. I'm happy to see them putting such emphasis on smartphone cameras, and I'm also happy that they are sticking with their EMUI for all of their smartphones.

13. syntaxlord

Posts: 239; Member since: Oct 01, 2018

FFS phones don't need four rear cameras Huawei (and Samsung)...

21. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well you're right. But it's nice having them, isn't it. Especially since it doesn't compromise the quality of the other cameras.

14. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

If only they equally focus to improve on their sound quality as well, I would LOVE to have one, currently they are too focus on the camera department and miss some opportunity to improve some other part of the phone as well.

22. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

Well the Mate 20 Pro has duall stereo speakers. Which are almost as good as the ones on iPhone Xs. So kindly elaborate.

25. Arthurhkt

Posts: 723; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Headphones output volume and sound quality, that where I felt they are still mediocre compare to Samsung, Apple, Asus and HTC.

16. ALMBO6

Posts: 195; Member since: May 28, 2018

In all my years of using smartphone cameras, I've used the zoom to take a picture 5 times at most. A supplementary camera just for 10x optical zoom won't have much use and will only serve Huawei to increase the price of their flagships even more. Maybe PHONEARENA could make a poll asking people how often they use the optical zoom on their smartphone camera.

23. AmashAziz

Posts: 2898; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

"I don't find the need for 10X optical zoom, so others won't find the need either"

24. midan

Posts: 2707; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

After i bought iPhone X, my most used camera feature is 2x zoom, it changes everything about Mobile photography and can't wait to get bigger zooms in the future.

26. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

wow Huawei on steroids...

27. CEDEOTB

Posts: 391; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I can see this happening on the P30 Pro. Let us unlock the bootloader damnit.

28. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

10x zoom? Great, Huawei! I hope you have success.

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