By Akandinda Ison
The Best Camera Phone of the Year category was perhaps one of the most closely contested ones at the News18 Tech and Auto Awards 2018. The Apple iPhone XS Max went up against the Google Pixel 3 XL, the Huawei P20 Pro, the Samsung Galaxy S9+ and the OnePlus 6T. In the end, the triple camera prowess of the Huawei P20 Pro emerged as the winner.
Huawei P20 Pro debuted back in March and was instantly distinguishable from other smartphones on the market thanks to its unique aesthetic and triple-camera system.
The hardware not only placed Smartphone photography on a pedestal, but it also offered blisteringly fast performance across Android, too.
The three camera set-up combines a 40-megapixel (f/1.8 aperture) sensor, a 20-megapixel monochrome (f/1.6) sensor and an 8-megapixel (f/2.4) telephoto lens.
The 40-megapixel sensor is 1/1.7 inches in size, and is the largest camera sensor in a Smartphone since the 1/1.5-inch sensor seen in the Nokia Lumia 1020 way back in the year 2013. As a result, what you get are photographs which are brilliantly-detailed, sharp and with vibrant colors.
The Huawei P20 Pro is powered by Kirin 970 processor, paired with 6 GB RAM. It has a 4,000 mAh battery under the hood. And the P20 Pro was, and still is, one of the best mobile offerings when it comes to battery life.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays a big role in this phone. Let’s say you are framing a shot of your lunch, the camera will promptly detect “food” and switch to the best possible settings pre-set for that photograph.
For portrait photographs too, the AI working in the background understands facial contours in the frame and blurs the background accurately.
Huawei has also relied on camera-maker Leica’s expertise to optimize the photography performance. The aperture range, from f/2.4 all the way to the large f/1.8, is ideal for varying ambient lighting.
The P20 Pro uses a technology known as Pixel Fusion, which combines data from multiple pixels into one 2.0 um-size pixel each—this is when the camera shots in the 10-megapixel setting, for better detailing in a low-light environment.
However, you should expect more and better from Huawei in 2019 following the announcement of its new Nova 4 handset that has a futuristic hole-punch style notch and a 48-megapixel main camera module.
Nova 4 comes with a 48-megapixel rear facing sensor that is accompanied by a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 2-megapixel depth sensor.
The device’s front-facing snapper is 25-megapixels in quality.
Most notably, the device comes with a headphone jack, a trait not seen in either the P20 Pro or the Mate 20 Pro.
Nova 4 comes with a 6.4-inch screen that has a distinct cutout for its front-facing camera.
The panel is 1080p in resolution and offers a density of 398-pixels-per-inch.
Moreover, the product is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor and has 8GB of RAM.
Plus, the device comes pre-installed with Android 9 Pie and runs the Chinese tech giant’s EMUI skin on top of it.
Finally, the hardware has a 3,750mAh battery housed inside and comes in blue, red, white and black finishes.
The Huawei Nova 4 will launch in China for 3,399 yuan which is equivalent to around £390.
It is unknown when the hardware will launch in other regions across the globe.