New Huawei Mate 20 Rocking a 16mm Ultra Wide-Angle Leica Lens


Huawei and Leica go together like butter and bread when it comes to smartphone cameras.

And, as far as Huawei is concerned, Leica is quite a powerful ally to have in its corner.

photo by alex escu
Photo by Alex Escu

So it should come as no surprise that the new Mate 20 will also feature glass from the storied German optical brand.

Featuring a triple-lens system that Huawei is dubbing the Matrix Camera System, the company is also including a Leica 16mm ultra wide-angle among them in an addition that has many people intrigued about the smartphone’s overall capabilities.

In a press release describing the incorporation of the ultra wide-angle lens, Huawei said it was to deliver photos with “a sense of spaciousness and a three dimensional effect.”

Huawei boasts that the inclusion of this lens gives the smartphone’s camera an “all situation” adaptability that users tend to appreciate in a headset. After all, smartphones are built to accompany people at all times and thus cannot be as specialized as traditional cameras or else risk being somewhat irrelevant to the normal consumer.  

Powered by a 40MP main camera, the Huawei Mate 20 lineup will also have a 20MP ultra wide-angle camera and a 8MP telephoto camera.

The range of lenses give the camera an “equivalent to the performance of a 16-270mm zoom lens” according to a press release picked up by Leica Rumors.

Like many other makers, Huawei is also incorporating artificial intelligence technology in the Mate 20 when it comes to picture processing. Called the AI Portrait Color video mode, this feature “can isolate human subjects and desaturate the colors around them to dramatically highlight the person.” Further, an “AI Spotlight Reel identifies clips with a shared theme and auto-generates a montage, made entirely of highlights.”

The new phones are currently on sale and top out $USD 1220 for the Pro edition.

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