Since last year's Mate 10, Huawei has been focusing on the cameras in its phones more than ever. So we're putting it to the test: how does the new the new Huawei Mate 20 Pro stand up to its competition from rivals Apple and Samsung when it comes to pure strength of cameras alone.
In an era of leaks and constant rumours about new devices, Huawei managed to do something not many other manufacturers have managed - it released a product no-one anticipated. The Huawei Mate 20 X is the Chinese smartphone maker's latest phablet - a 7.2-inch portable computing powerhouse that gives those looking for a single device to breach the gap between their smartphone and their tablet a new option. Here's everything you need to know.
Huawei's cameras really stand apart from its main competition in the market for one main reason: it's pushing hardware upgrades while everyone else is focusing on the software side of smartphone photography.
The most notable difference is in the megapixels: while most smartphone manufacturers have given up on megapixel wars and settled for a standard 12MP camera, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro has a 40MP lens, 20MP lens and 8MP lens on its triple rear camera, and a 24MP front camera. Of course megapixels aren't everything, but for some people this might be an important consideration.
The other big difference is the existence of that third camera at all. Huawei started the triple camera design with the P20 Pro, and is still one of the only manufacturer of triple camera smartphones. While phones clearly don't need heaps of cameras to take great photos, the benefit to these set ups is that it gives users greater options in the types and styles of photos they want to take.
Let's take a look at the specs:
|Huawei Mate 20 Pro||iPhone XS||Samsung Galaxy Note9|
|Rear Camera 1||Leica 40 MP, Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture||12MP, Wide Angle Lens, f/1.8 aperture||12MP, Dual aperture f/1.5 + f/2.4|
|Rear Camera 2||Leica 20 MP, Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture||12MP, Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture||12MP, f/2.4 aperture|
|Rear Camera 3||Leica 8 MP, Telephoto, f/2.4 aperture|
|Front Camera||3D Depth Sensing Camera, 24 MP, f/2.0 aperture||TrueDepth Camera, 7 MP, f/2.2 aperture||8 MP, f/1.7|
|Autofocus||Yes: laser focus, phase focus, contrast focus||Yes: autofocus with Focus Pixels||Yes|
|Stabilisation||AIS (Huawei AI Image Stabilization)||Auto image stabilisation, optical image stabilisation for video||Optical image stabilisation|
|Video||Up to 4K||Up to 4K at 24 fps, 30 fps or 60 fps||UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 60fps|
If you want to see them in action, check out Techbuzz's side-by-side comparison of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and the iPhone XS here:
Techtown also put the new Huawei up against Samsung's latest phone, the Note9:
And if you're curious about how it fares against Google's most recent Pixel, here's a comparison between those phones too: