Huawei P20 Pro teardown reveals its triple-camera secrets
Huawei’s P20 Pro made a pretty big splash when it launched in late March. The phone has three rear cameras — including one with a 40-megapixel sensor and another with a 3x optical zoom — as well as a 24-megapixel selfie camera on the other side.
Now iFixit, a company known for its thorough dismantlings of gadgets, has taken apart the P20 Pro, revealing a few more details about the phone and its powerful camera system.
This is what the P20 Pro’s trio of rear cameras looks like when removed from the phone: On the left is the 20-megapixel monochrome camera, with a f/1.6 aperture. In the middle, there’s the 40-megapixel RGB camera, with a f/1.8 aperture. And on the right, we have the 8-megapixel, 3x zoom telephoto camera, with a f/2.4 aperture.
Interestingly enough, iFixit has found hints of optical image stabilization hardware for all three cameras, even though Huawei says only the 8-megapixel uses it (the other two officially rely on software-based OIS).
As expected, actually getting to those cameras wasn’t that easy. Though the Huawei P20 Pro is not the worst when it comes to prying it open and repairing it on your own, replacing components such as battery and screen will be problematic even for seasoned repairmen.
Other semi-interesting tidbits from the teardown include seeing Huawei’s humongous 4,000mAh battery, and mournfully staring at the place where the wireless charging hardware and the headphone jack could have been.
Check out the full teardown here.