Huawei introduced the Mate 20 Pro with a triple-lens camera last month and with that, the Chinese smartphone company managed to outrank Apple to become the second largest smartphone seller for two consecutive quarters. Huawei has now started teasing features of an upcoming flagship device and has revealed that it plans to implement a quad-camera setup with a high optical zoom lens for primary imaging.
In an interview with German publication Android Pit, Huawei Europe Consumer Business President, Walter Ji confirmed that the company will bring more innovation in the camera department, having gained praises for the technology used in the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro. He further teased that Huawei will release a smartphone with a quad-camera setup in 2019.
Ji stressed that smartphone zoom of up to five times is just not enough and said the upcoming flagship will feature a 10X optical zoom lens. The Chinese company did acknowledged that it won’t be the first time a quad-camera setup is used on a smartphone (Read: Galaxy A9), but indicated that it’ll surely better Samsung’s effort with better photography and will primarily focus on adding newer technologies to high-end devices.
Huawei will also be developing a foldable smartphone of its own and support for 5G technologies as well since dethroning Samsung appears to be their biggest priority. A foldable Huawei smartphone, Ji said, will land sometime during the first half of 2019. To clear the air over future Android One smartphones, Huawei said it’s focusing more on its own EMUI interface since it doesn’t see Android One as an ideal solution.
Ji also made an impression that since 5G technologies will likely expand post-2019, it’s AI functions can’t be outsourced to the cloud. Huawei will thus be developing AI functions locally within its devices through its Kirin processor which equip an NPU unit.