Huawei P40 Series to Pack a 52MP Sony IMX700 Image Sensor

Huawei P40 Pro

With the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro finally unveiled with their 108MP main snappers, having an ultra high resolution sensor appears to have become the new trend. Will the Huawei P40 series, famously known for their high-end photography skills, follow the same path? Well, according to the latest rumors, it might not.

Huawei P40 Series to Pack a 52MP Sony IMX700 Image Sensor

Huawei P40 Pro

New speculations do indeed suggest the upcoming Huawei P40 series may be equipped with a Sony IMX700 CMOS sensors. This sensor would have a resolution of 52MP; so less than half the res of the previously mentioned Galaxy S20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro. The sensor would also still use the same RYYB color filter we found on the Huawei P30 Pro.

Rumors imply that the Sony IMX700 adopts a large 1 / 1.33 sensor area with support for 16-pixel binning technology (4×4). In other words, the largest unit of photosensitive pixel size can be combined to about 4.48μm. For comparison, Galaxy S20 Ultra’s 100-megapixel sensor supports 9-pixel integration (3×3), with a single large pixel of up to 2.4 μm; meanwhile Xiaomi’s 100-megapixel HMX sensor supports 4-pixel integration (2×2), with a single-pixel size of 1.6μm.

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Sony IMX700 adopts a large 1 / 1.33 sensor area with support for 16-pixel binning technology (4×4)


So, according to the info surfaced this far, the next Huawei P40 series flagship should have an advantage over the other two handsets recently announced. Sony’s bigger single pixel size of 4.48μm would indeed be able to produce better images in low light conditions; in comparison to the 2.4μm and 1.8μm from Samsung.

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Finally, the P40 Pro should also be equipped with a 40-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 10x optical variable periscope lens and a ToF deep-sensing lens.

What do you guys think about Huawei going with the 52MP sensor? Are you hyped about the handset? Let us know in the comments section below!

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  1. Νεκτάριος Ζόγκος
    February 16, 2020

    bravo huawei. it will destroy everething another one time. notjhing comes close to huawei…

  2. Guest
    February 16, 2020

    I’m not a proffesional photographer so for me all the hype about pixels is overated. My P20 lite is good enough for my needs. If I need to take better photos I will get a digital camera. This just pushes up phone prices and is a marketing tool. So kudos to Huawei for not going for the most pixels

  3. akaloith
    February 16, 2020

    52mp with 16-pixel binning means:
    52mp original and 3.25mp binned OR
    52mp binned and 832mp original
    both impossible and worthless…

  4. Stiven
    February 16, 2020

    it’s 3.25 Mpix binned, also i think it’s too low, they should stick with 9 pixels binning or four pixels binning.

  5. akaloith
    February 16, 2020

    I only see 4 pixel to 1
    with an output of 13mp
    where do you find the specs of IMX700 ?
    cant find it anywhere

  6. Mike Dobson
    February 16, 2020

    I would be inclined to agree. This pixel rating war between brands strikes me as not necessary at all for actual results. If more pixels means smaller photodiodes then that will ultimately have an adverse affect on the noise in the picture as with high pixel digital cameras! Therefore in reality, if you go past a certain quantity of pixels on a sensor, you begin to deteriot the end result! So ultimately works out being counter productive towards image quality. This pixel thing is purely a marketing tool, misleading people into believing that more is always better, not at all!!

  7. Aaron Welsh
    February 17, 2020

    I’d be more inclined to think it will come with the latest Sony IMX686 64MP sensor

  8. alex ekonomou
    February 17, 2020

    Wish Hauwei didn’t have issues with the USA as I was looking forward to getting the new P40 Pro,best phones on the market.I had all the Samsung’s from 1 to 7 edge.Samsung phone are all gimicks and they always start to lag after updates.My P20 Pro has and is a fantastic phone and has preformed and still preforming like from new The camera is the main reason for buying this phone, it’s great.
    I will never buy Huawei again as no Google,shame.

  9. Valentin Hart
    February 17, 2020

    As a photographer, I can say that bigger pixels mean better image quality. think of the 2010 dslrs that packed a 12 or 16mpx senzor. the larger the senzor the more dof and low light abilities.