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Huawei made headlines recently when it took the wraps off its all-new P20 and P20 Pro flagships; the later of which is equipped with one of industry’s most technologically and cinematically advanced camera configurations, boasting an industry-first triple-lens set up. It includes a primary, 40 MP f/1.8 lens, a 20 MP f/1.6 monochrome lens, as well as an 8 MP f/2.4 telephoto lens featuring 3x optical zoom.
According to The Verge, “Huawei’s new camera system is even superior to those on the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X,” providing a number of worthy advantages in comparison to single- and dual-lens cameras including drastically improved low-light performance and better zooming capabilities.
According to a report published this morning by the Chinese language Economic Daily News, Apple is considering launching at least one new iPhone model in 2019 featuring a similar triple-lens camera configuration, not only boasting a 6P lens design but a minimum 5x zoom, to boot.
While the report doesn’t specify whether the system’s zooming capabilities will be of the digital, optical, or hybrid variety, it’s worth pointing out that Apple’s iPhone 8 — with its 12 MP single-lens camera module — features up to 5x digital zoom. Apple’s dual-lens equipped iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, meanwhile, are capable of up to 2x optical zoom and up to 10x digital zoom — so we can assume that Apple’s rumored triple-lens system will be even further enhanced than that.
Seeing as how it’s still very early on additional details are scant at this time. However, MacRumors notes this rumor sets the stage for at least one high-end iPhone model for 2019 boasting impressively upgraded camera hardware — even in comparison to the iPhone X’s powerful VCSEL-equipped camera tech, which is not expected to change much in this year’s upcoming new models.