Huawei P20 Pro, the latest to take the smartphone camera frenzy to a new level, has reached the hands of folks at iFixit. As is the case after every teardown, there’s more to the Huawei P20 Pro than we already know. For starters, it scores low on repairability, so you might want to use the glass-made device with more care.
One of the highlights of the Huawei P20 Pro is its triple camera setup. With dedicated RGB and monochrome sensors, the system comes with a third sensor with zooming capabilities. During the teardown, iFixit engineers found that the primary and secondary camera sensors share a single port, while the telephoto lens gets the other port to itself.
There’s a 20-megapixel monochrome f/1.6 aperture sensor on the left, a 40-megapixel primary camera with a f/1.8 aperture in the center, and the 8-megapixel telephoto f/2.4 sensor is placed on the right. Up front, there’s a 24-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. It has been discovered that the camera system is capable of laser focus, deep focus, phase focus, and contrast focus. This incredibly fast focusing perhaps is what justifies the 109 DxOMark score, putting it well above the likes of the Google Pixel 2, and the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
The interesting revelation following the teardown is that the triple-camera system has more optical image stabilization than estimated. Huawei said only the 8-megapixel sensor of the triple-camera system has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), while the other sensors rely on Kirin’s Neural Processing Unit including predictive focus, settings for over 19 different scenes and filter effects like bokeh. Other features of the camera include PDAF on main sensor, 4K video recording support, slow-motion video at 960 fps in 720p. However, the teardown reveals that all the three lenses come with OIS. It comes across as a surprise to see Huawei underselling its own product. Perhaps, the company intends to sell its AI-enabled software enhancements over the physical OIS.
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As mentioned earlier, the Huawei P20 Pro scores four out of 10 on the repairability scale, where 10 is the easiest to repair. The challenge is primarily owing to the glass front and back. However, many components are modular, and can be replaced independently. The notch-based screen also requires going through at least two layers of adhesive and some disassembly.