Huawei Mate 40 to feature groundbreaking camera tech, crazy fast chipset
Free-form lenses for improved ultra-wide-angle shots
Huawei has made a name for itself in recent years by pushing the limits of smartphone photography. It doubled down on that strategy with the recently announced Huawei P40 series and it looks as though the Mate 40 lineup won’t disappoint either.
Ming-Chi Kuo believes Huawei is researching the idea of adopting free-form lenses on the Mate 40 series rather than relying solely on upgraded imaging sensors. That would be pretty groundbreaking because the tech has never been used on a smartphone before.
Explaining free-form lens technology can get quite lengthy. But to sum things up, it’s essentially an advanced manufacturing process backed up by complex mathematical equations that enable superior light refracting capabilities – it's mostly used in prescription glasses.
The best part, however, is that free-form lenses can be stacked on top of each other. That allows customizable focal lengths and creates a smaller package than traditional optical lenses, therefore freeing up valuable space inside the device.
Expect at least four cameras on the rear
The most obvious implementation for this new lens technology is the ultra-wide-angle camera, as mentioned above, but there’s no word just yet on whether Huawei is looking into implementing it on any of the other cameras.
As things stand, the range-topping Huawei Mate 40 Pro is expected to feature at least four cameras on the back. The package should include a high-resolution main camera, the aforementioned ultra-wide-angle shooter, a Time-of-Flight sensor, and a new periscope implementation.
Rather than adopting the all-new 10x periscope shooter featured on the Huawei P40 Pro+, though, the company will probably select an updated version of the 5x periscope camera found on the standard P40 Pro.
Ridiculously fast chipset, but probably no Google
Ming-Chi Kuo didn’t reveal anything else about the outside of the smartphone, but he did choose to explicitly mention the presence of Huawei’s homegrown Kirin 1020 chipset on the inside.
Huawei’s current-gen Kirin 990, for reference, features Cortex-A76 cores and is based on the 7-nanometer manufacturing process that was first introduced two years ago.