Huawei P20 Pro Teardown Reveals The Secret Behind Its Triple Cameras

Following a flagship smartphone’s release, it has almost become the norm to see teardowns, torture/drop tests for them in the next few days. This time we have the Huawei P20 Pro with a first of its kind triple camera design.

Huawei managed to pack three cameras in the smartphone, which is slightly smaller than its dual-cam predecessor, Huawei P10.  If you are wondering how the company did it, here’s iFixit’s teardown of P20 Pro’s design, which helps shed light on its mysterious internals.

Teardown

The first thing to note here is how the main board is compressed to support a large 4,400 mAh battery. Almost all of the main components are at the top of the phone and the camera sensors are attached to a single board.

Huawei P20 Pro Teardown

Motherboard placement is quite familiar and resembles other Huawei phones. The company has decided to stick to the same placement this time as well and is similar to Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s.

Cameras

Interestingly, the cameras get two separate connectors – the main and monochrome sensors share the same connector while the telephoto lens has its own connector. The 40 MP sensor and 8 MP sensor provide 3x hybrid zoom and the third monochrome camera provides better low-light photography by enhancing sharpness and detail.

The three rear cameras get by with just two connectors—the main camera and the monochrome camera share one port, while the telephoto camera gets the other all to itself.

Camera sizes can be seen clearly if we look at the side of the assembly. Starting from left, it houses a 20 MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor, followed by 40 MP f/1.8 RGB camera, and then lastly, an 8 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.

From the side we can compare the relative elevations:

Four Way Autofocus

Huawei P20 Pro’s camera comes with top-of-the-line features and supports four-way autofocus – laser focus, deep focus, phase focus, and contrast focus too. iFixit claims that all three sensors have hardware OIS – Huawei claims that only the telephoto lens has hardware OIS and rest of the sensors rely on Kirin processor’s neural processing and AI features.

Repairability

iFixit gave the Huawei P20 Pro a repairability score of 4/10 (with 10 being easy to repair and 1 being nearly impossible). Most of the components were modular, which means easy to replace on their own.

However, the battery is hard to replace but still doable. Having a glass back and glass front makes it more liable to break while opening up the phone for repairs. Another problem is the front glass being attached to the phone with two layers of adhesive, requiring disassembly on top of that.

Other than Samsung Galaxy S9+’s changeable aperture feature, Huawei P20 Pro is the only other phone to receive new, unique camera features. You can check out its detailed specifications and price in Pakistan here.