Huawei P40 Pro could have a newer periscopic telephoto lens for 10X optical zoom
Huawei is gearing up to launch its next smartphone, the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro, despite still being unable to bundle Google Mobile Services. The P40 series is scheduled for launch in late March 2020 at an event in Paris, and Huawei has confirmed that the phone will feature the HMS ecosystem with Android 10 and EMUI 10 out of the box. The first set of reliable renders of the Huawei P40 and P40 Pro had recently emerged, showing a flat display for the P40 and a “premium” curved display for the P40 Pro with an interesting design for the corners. Now, new reports suggest that the Huawei P40 Pro could have a newer periscopic telephoto lens for as much as 10x optical zoom.
The renders leaked by @OnLeaks, who has a stellar record with his leaked records, purposefully leave out certain key details. This involves the exact specifications, as well as the camera arrangement. According to OnLeaks, the camera modules are very large, indicating bigger modules or more cameras or both. The primary camera could involve the 64MP Sony IMX686, coupled with the 20MP wide-angle camera and a zoom camera. New reports suggest that this zoom camera could feature a redesigned periscope telephoto lens and come with 10x optical zoom. This report comes courtesy of Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at TF International Securities, who is famed for his accurate predictions on Apple products.
Here is a screenshot from his report where the new periscope setup has been suggested:
In addition to this, the Huawei P40 Pro also appears to be using a 1G2P lens. Our colleague, Idrees, suggests that this means the camera has 1 Glass and 2 Plastic elements. Most smartphones have lenses with 5 or 6 Plastic elements, so a 1G2P setup would represent an upgrade as glass provides better clarity and is less susceptible to scratching, but at the cost being more difficult to handle. Glass also has a higher refractive index than plastic, making it possible to have a thinner lens. In case the thickness is retained, the higher refractive index will also allow the glass elements to converge a wider field of view onto the sensor. A sensible solution would be to stay somewhere along the middle and partly reap both the advantages.
Interestingly, Huawei’s approach to telephoto is in contrast to Samsung’s for the Galaxy S11+. While Huawei is using a redesigned periscope setup, Samsung is opting for a 48MP high-resolution telephoto camera. It’ll be interesting to see which one comes out on top, keeping in mind the performance of high MP camera setups in their resolution photo modes.
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