• Huawei Mate 40 to come with free-form lens camera
  • Huawei Mate 40 likely powered by Kirin 1020
  • Free-form lens technology will improve the issue of spherical aberation from wide-angle lens

Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Huawei was able to reveal the Huawei P40 Series recently. And as rumored, these phones carried the high-end specs that one would only get from expensive phones. But at the top of it all is the rear cameras the devices have to offer.

As mentioned in a previous post, all Huawei P40 Series phones come with a standard 50 MP camera. The standard P40 will have an additional 15 MP ultra-wide lens and 8 MP optical zoom. The specs improve from there with the Huawei P40 Pro offering a 40 MP ultrawide lens plus 12 MP 5X optical zoom. It also comes with a time-of-flight sensor for better depth sensing.

Of the three new flagships, the Huawei P40 Pro sets the bar a bit as far as expectations for the next Huawei Mate 40 flagship. And this early, murmurs on what enhancements and new technology the phone will be carrying is already making noise. The Huawei Mate 40 will reportedly come with a new kind of free-form lens camera which should be the center of attention in the coming months.

This new camera technology is likely to buzz in the coming months. It is a new lingo although it is more often used in the context of prescription glasses. Curiously, it was reliable Apple leaker Ming-Chi Kuo who mentioned that Huawei was coming up with newly crafted optics for the Huawei Mate 40. The technology will reportedly help minimize the deformation produced by a wide-angle lens or best referred to as spherical aberration, Slash Gear reported.

Of course, there are still other features that the Huawei Mate 40 is likely to offer. That includes seeing a potentially new processor in the Kirin 1020 (codename "Baltimore) which the company passed on last year. It could use the latest Cortex-A77 or Cortex-A78 cores, the only viable options for Huawei per GSM Arena. So far, these are the only features out in the open but more are expected in the coming months.

For now, the spotlight belongs to the Huawei P40, Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei P40 Pro Plus. There are concerns about the availability of these devices due to the limitations forced on by the COVID-19. But according to CEO Richard Yu, this will not be a problem since production already started in December.

Huawei has warned that despite strong growth through 2019, it faces its 'most difficult year' ahead
Huawei has warned that despite strong growth through 2019, it faces its 'most difficult year' ahead AFP / Fred DUFOUR