Chinese smartphone maker Huawei has disclosed that it will be releasing new flagship devices later next month during an event that will be held in France. During the event Huawei is expected to unveil the P20 which is the successor to the P10 which was released last year. The P20 is expected to be the first smartphone in the world to possess three rear cameras which offer 40 megapixels in total resolution.
Other features of the P20 include a hybrid zoom of 5X which consists of both digital and optical. The front-facing camera which is also known as the selfie camera will possess 24 megapixels and this has undergone co-development with Leica, a German high-end camera maker. In contrast the resolution of the front-facing camera of the iPhone X is 7 megapixels.
Compared to Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, the P20 is expected to be more compact as it will possess an OLED display of 6 inches. It will run on Oreo or Android 8.1 which is the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system. The P20 will also be equipped with the Kirin 970 processor which is AI-enabled.
Unlike the iPhone X the P20 will not be completely bezel-free though its bottom and top bezels will be thinner compared to the Mate 10’s. This will be a departure from the current design trend especially with the high-end devices, a feature which ensures a bigger display even in a phone body that is small. Despite the improvement in user experience with regards to bezel-free phones consumers still considered the devices a luxury rather than a necessary according to a report by research firm IDC.
“The latest flock of posh flagships may have had consumers hitting the pause button in the holiday quarter … many of these new bezel-less wonders proved to be more of a luxury than a necessity among upgraders,” mobile phones research manager at IDC, Anthony Scarsella, said.
Dramatic growth of Xiaomi
In the same IDC report the year-over-year change in shipments showed that while Huawei’s volumes decline, its Chinese rival Xiaomi recorded a dramatic growth of 96.9% against Huawei’s fall of 9.7%. Part of the reason for the improvement in Xiaomi’s volumes was an expansion into Spain besides releasing budget phones that are well-crafted such as the Redmi 5A in markets that include Indonesia, India and Russia.
The rapid growth of Xiaomi saw now become the fifth-biggest maker of smartphones in the world behind Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and Oppo.