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Huawei Mate 20 camera features will include underwater mode and video bokeh effect

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are expected to bring new camera enhancements to compete with iPhone Xs and Galaxy Note 9.

  • Published: September 20, 2018 1:15 PM IST
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Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, the next flagship smartphones from the Chinese smartphone maker, will be unveiled at an event in London on October 16. The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will be first smartphones to use Huawei’s new Kirin 980 CPU built using 7nm process.

Ahead of their official launch next month, Huawei has been teasing the camera-centric design of the Mate 20 while the Mate 20 Pro has leaked in the form of official renders and working prototype. While it is confirmed that both Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will have triple camera setup like the Huawei P20 Pro, more details about the camera software have come to light. A new APK teardown by folks at XDA Developers has revealed a number of possible photography features that Huawei plans to introduce with the Mate 20 series.

With P20 Pro, Huawei managed to deliver a smartphone that takes critically acclaimed photographs but its video prowess was not that great. The APK teardown shows features that are centered around recording video and might end up enhancing the video experience on the smartphone. There is mention of a new Underwater Mode, which based on the code, will allow users to “take clear shots in underwater environments”.

The code reveals that by pressing the volume down button, owners of the Mate 20 series will be able to take a picture while volume up button will offer access to video recording. There is also reference to Huawei’s own waterproof cases and there is a possibility that Underwater Mode won’t be limited to water-resistant flagships.

Another feature mentioned in the APK is AI Zoom, which will automatically adjust the zoom level according to the distance and positioning of the subject in the video. This feature will reportedly not work with Huawei’s AI Cinema feature which allows users to add a number of different filters while recording video. The filters available include AI Color, Background Blur, Fresh, Vintage and Suspense. The bouquet of features being planned for Huawei Mate 20 will be rounded up by Video Bokeh.

Watch: Huawei P20 Pro Video Review

The Video Bokeh feature is rather self-explanatory where the background will be blurred and will add artificial shapes in order to create the illusion of light. The teardown also reveals that these features are still not live and there is no guarantee that they will be made available to users.

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  • Published Date: September 20, 2018 1:15 PM IST