We've already talked at length about the Huawei P20, as well as the high-end version of this flagship smartphone, the P20 Pro. One of the many rumours circulating at the moment is that the Pro will come with a triple-camera setup, which is unlike anything currently on the market. However, a new leak suggests something more.
German tech site WinFuture has allegedly obtained a datasheet giving details about the P20 Pro's specs. One of the stand-out details of the leak is that one of the three rear cameras will supposedly come with a resolution of 40MP, which would set it apart even more from the rest of the industry.
Most smartphone cameras weigh in at under the 20MP mark at the moment. The iPhone X, for example, shipped with a 12MP rear lens, as did the Samsung Galaxy S9. The more high-end S9+ came with two 12MP sensors, but these are still a long way behind Huawei's supposed 40MP lens.
While this information does come from a leak, and therefore should be taken with a pinch of salt, a 40MP camera is far from impossible to produce. The Nokia Lumia 1020, for example, was released all the way back in 2013 with a 41MP lens. The device was very well-reviewed as a camera phone, making it a potentially good move for Huawei to strive for such a high-end sensor.
However, if the leak is to be believed, the P20 Pro will come with much more than a simple high-resolution lens. Since the Lumia 1020 came out, smartphones have begun coming with dual-camera setups, which make them more versatile. The P20 Pro's three lenses would be even more effective at this.
For example, WinFuture suggests that the smartphone's rear camera would be capable of a 5x optical zoom without losing picture definition, as the three lenses could combine to provide this feature. The secondary lens would be a telephoto-style sensor, with an 8MP resolution, that would allow for this.
The German site also claim that their leak shows the third camera would be a 20MP lens that is only capable of shooting in grayscale. It's unclear what this would be useful for, but it could allow for depth effects and allow for added sharpness overall.
WinFuture's source had a lot more to say about the P20 Pro besides the camera, of course. For example, the phone will allegedly run on Android 8.1 Oreo, and ship with a Kirin 970 processor. The source also said it would come with 6GB RAM, which is enough for all but the most intensive use.
The smartphone will allegedly come with 128GB storage space and a 6.1-inch OLED display, with a resolution of 2240 x 1080 pixels. The device will apparently cost €899 (around £785) when it goes on sale.
Of course, all of this comes from a single datasheet, so the information might not be completely reliable. Thankfully, we don't have long to wait before it is confirmed. Huawei is planning on launching the P20, P20 Pro and P20 Lite at an event in Paris on March 27th, which will set these rumours to rest once and for all.
Despite much of what we know coming from leaks, it seems that Huawei is taking a reasonably big gamble on this phone. The hardware in the P20 Pro could cost a lot to manufacture at a time when mobile phone sales seem to be slowing down worldwide, as can be seen by the lacklustre responses to the iPhone X and Galaxy S9.
However, the firm seems set on making sure it is providing consumers with the best possible camera, which could go a long way towards making a splash in the crowded smartphone industry. We'll just have to wait and see.