Huawei’s new P20 Pro beats Galaxy S9 Plus to become the best smartphone camera

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Huawei has released its newest flagship device that has further reducing the gap in performance between smartphone shooters and proper full-frame cameras. But, more importantly, Huawei has managed beat the likes of iPhone X, Galaxy S9 Plus and Pixel 2 by decimating their DxOMark ratings and top the list. The new Huawei P20 Pro is the best camera phone in the world, at least if we go by the Dx0Mark score of 109 – highest ever, by a considerably big margin. What has helped the P20 Pro achieve is near-unbelievable DxOMark rating is the triple camera setup at the back by none other than Leica – one of the biggest names in the camera manufacturing business. It’s for the first time a smartphone maker has used three cameras at the back for shooting.

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The Leica triple camera system has the highest total pixel count of any smartphone on the market today. In the setup, there are two cameras bunched together – a 40MP large 1/1.7″ color sensor with f/1.8 lens and OIS, and an 8MP color one with f/2.4 telephoto lens – that are augmented by separate 20MP monochrome sensor behind f/1.6 lens. Something called “Light Fusion” tech then combines the data from the different sensors to create a super crisp, high-quality 10-megapixel photo. The camera setup features 4D predictive focus, 5-second exposure mode, a next-level autofocus feature and a mind-bending maximum ISO of 102,400. Finally, this triple-cam is capable of 720p@960fps slow motion capturing, matching the new Samsung Galaxy flagships.

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Other technical specifications include a Kirin 970 processor that powers the P20 Pro with an octa-core CPU (4x A73 + 4x A53) and Mali-G72MP12 GPU. The Pro model will come with 6GB of RAM and 128GB expandable storage. It has an OLED display measuring 6.1-inch and features an Apple iPhone X-like notch at the top, but has a physical home button at the chin with a fingerprint sensor. The P20 Pro will hit the stores on April 6 with a price tag of 899 Euros (approx. $1,120 USD) in Europe. There is no word on the US launch.


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