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Camera Test: The Huawei P20 Pro Beats The iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL

When it comes to photography, it’s typically better to double down on quality over quantity. Countless handsets have proved that more megapixels — and, as of late, more lenses — don’t necessarily produce images that are appreciably better. Just look at the Google Pixel 2, which needs only one camera to become our favorite camera phone.

Huawei P20 Pro

And then came Huawei. You can’t technically buy the China-based company’s latest premium offering on our shores, but that hasn’t stopped the world from gushing over the kinds of photos it can capture — especially at night.

The Huawei P20 Pro has three Leica-branded cameras. The main one is a 40-megapixel shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and an absolutely massive 1/1.7-inch image sensor. Above it is an 8-MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens that enables 3x optical zoom, while a 20-MP, f/1.6 monochrome unit on the bottom rounds out the trio.

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro

All those lenses and pixels allow the P20 Pro to accomplish some pretty remarkable things. For starters, it can filter that wealth of data into an extremely precise, noise-free 10-MP image. With the help of a new feature called AI Stabilization, Huawei’s phone can capture super-long exposures of 4 seconds at a time without the need for a tripod. And thanks to the onboard Neural Processing Unit, also featured in the Mate 10 Pro, the P20’s main camera can identify subjects and scenes and automatically adjust parameters and modes to suit what it sees.

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