Huawei P20 Protective Case Hints At Three Rear Cameras

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Three renders depicting what's said to be the protective case for the Huawei P20 appeared online earlier this week, giving even more credence to recent reports claiming that the upcoming Android flagship will feature a triple-camera setup on its rear panel. One of the newly uncovered images also contains a render of the device itself, showing a handset with an edge-to-edge screen and relatively minimal top and bottom bezels, albeit one that still has enough room for a physical home button which may double as a fingerprint reader. The latter design cue remains somewhat unlikely to be included given how the Chinese phone maker just recently did away with a home key on its Mate 10 flagship, and a third render that surfaced simultaneously with the other two also depicts a handset with two rear cameras instead of three, so there still isn't an industry-wide consensus on how the P20 will end up looking.

The variant with three back lenses has them arranged in a vertical manner, situated near the top left corner of the smartphone's rear plate, with a dual-LED (dual-tone) flash unit being positioned beneath the setup and a dual-camera setup sitting on the front. The cameras themselves were likely (partially) designed and manufactured by Leica, though it's still unclear how the system is meant to work and whether one of its sensors will be of the monochrome variety as was often the case with Huawei-made devices that shipped with multiple rear cameras. Another possibility that would explain the fact that the third render seen in the gallery below shows a device with only two back cameras and regular-sized bezels is that only the P20 Plus will end up shipping with a triple-lens setup. Alternatively, the final leaked handset may be the P20 Lite, another offering that's rumored to be in the works, or the render itself could simply be inaccurate.

While the successors to the P10 lineup were initially meant to be announced at the next iteration of the Mobile World Congress, the Shenzhen-based tech giant reportedly delayed them as it wanted to avoid a scenario in which it had to compete directly with Samsung's Galaxy S9 series. The Android 8.0 Oreo-powered smartphones are now expected to launch in late March and start retailing on an international level by the end of April.

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