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Perhaps with the noted exception of the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, it feels like every flagship smartphone (and even sub-flagships, for that matter) are getting the dual camera treatment. Some of them offer different focal lengths, some use a monochrome sensor for improved low-light performance. What can you do to stand out from the crowd again? In the case of the upcoming Huawei P20 Pro, it seems the answer is to add yet another lens, because it's rocking a triple camera system.

Huawei P20 Pro to Feature Triple Camera System with 40MP Sensor

In an environment where so many devices feel so interchangeable with their dual cameras and near bezel-free designs, the Huawei P20 Pro takes things a step further by adding a third camera. The triple camera system is apparently a cornerstone of the phone's marketing campaign, but Huawei hasn't been totally forthcoming with details.

So, what do we know about this triple camera configuration? According to GSM Arena, this system will continue the partnership that Huawei has with Leica, co-developing the new camera for the new smartphone. Looking at the back, it looks to have a Vario-Summilux-H1 aspherical lens with f/1.6-2.4, and a 27-80mm focal length.

Aside from adding in a third camera, the two other stand-out features for this upcoming camera system are a rumored 40-megapixel sensor and 5x hybrid zoom. That kind of pixel count on a smartphone camera hasn't been around since the Nokia 808 PureView from six years ago.

The primary sensor will be the 40MP unit, predictably enough, and it will be accompanied with an 8MP telephoto camera for the hybrid zoom (3x optical zoom, plus 40MP camera = high quality 5x magnification) and a third 20MP sensor to help with bokeh. That third camera will also get laser AF and an IR-RGB sensor.



Running through the rest of the Huawei P20 Pro spec sheet, we find a notched 6.1-inch OLED display (19:9, 1080 x 2240 pixels), Kirin 970 chipset, Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI, a 24MP selfie camera, 4,000 mAh battery, USB-C, no headphone jack, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 7.65mm profile and a weight of 175 grams. Be prepared to open your wallet wide, as the P20 Pro is expected to cost €900 at launch in a week or two.

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