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Huawei mate 20 pro triple-camera phone

Huawei gave us the first phone with a triple-camera setup last March, dubbed the Huawei P20 Pro. Since then, we’ve seen quite a few other smartphones with three rear cameras from manufacturers like Samsung and LG. More of them will join in on the fun soon — triple-camera is expected to become the new standard on flagship smartphones.

Huawei Mate 20 series

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Huawei’s Mate 20 series consists of three phones with triple-camera setups: the Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, and Mate 20 X. The Mate 20 Pro is the best of the series, and one of the best phones you can currently get. It sports an 8MP 3x telephoto sensor with OIS and f/2.4 aperture, a 40MP primary sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and a 20MP ultra-wide sensor with f/2.2 aperture and a 16mm focal length equivalent. For more details on the camera, check out our review here.

The flagship sports a 6.53-inch AMOLED display with curved sides, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and 3D facial recognition. It can also double as a wireless charging pad. Other specs and features include an IP68 rating, a massive 4,200mAh battery, and a 24MP selfie snapper.

The Mate 20’s triple-camera setup is a bit different: it consists of a 12MP primary f/1.8 sensor, a 16MP wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8MP telephoto sensor (f/2.4). The phone sports a smaller 4,000mAh battery, is only IP53 rated, and doesn’t have an in-display fingerprint scanner. On the bright side, it has a headphone jack, which is missing on the Pro model, and a much smaller notch.

Huawei Mate 20 X gamepad

The last of the three Mate phones — Mate 20 X — is aimed at gamers. It features the same camera setup as the Pro model, a massive 7.21-inch display, and a 5,000mAh battery. The device also has a new graphene-based cooling system — a first for the smartphone industry — to provide superior cooling during long play sessions. To make playing games a little easier, you can get a gamepad attachment for the Mate 20 X that features an analog stick as well as a D-pad and clips to the left-hand side of the phone (see image above).

Specs

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 20, 8MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm, 189g

Huawei Mate 20

  • 6.53-inch IPS LCD display with 2,244 x 1,080 resolution, 381ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 12, 16, 8MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 158.2 x 77.2 x 8.3mm, 188g

Huawei Mate 20 X

  • 7.21-inch AMOLED display with 2,244 x 1,080 resolution, 538ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB via NM (nano memory)
  • 40, 20, 8MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,200mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 174.6 x 85.4 x 8.2mm, 232g

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LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window showing home screen

The LG V40 comes with a triple-camera setup featuring a standard 12MP lens, a 16MP wide-angle lens, and a 12MP telephoto lens. In his review, our very own David Imel said “while the wide-angle camera has great clarity and color reproduction, the 2x optical zoom sensor was quite a let-down.” You can learn more about the cameras in David’s review at the link.

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In addition to three cameras on the back, the phone has two cameras on the front — allowing you to add the bokeh effect to selfies. It also features a headphone jack and a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC for improved audio quality, making it a great option for music lovers.

The V40 is a large phone, sporting a 6.4-inch QHD+ display with a notch. It has a glass back, supports wireless charging, and is IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. One of its drawbacks is the battery, which is quite small at 3,300mAh. For comparison, the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is roughly the same size but features a much larger 4,200mAh battery. As for pricing, the phone currently costs $700.

It’s worth noting that its successor — the LG V50 ThinQ — has already been announced. However, the phone isn’t available yet and there’s no word on exactly when it will go on sale. You can learn more about it here. It’s also a 5G device, so it’s not like it’s going to be widely available either. 

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED display with 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of storage, expandable up to 2TB
  • 12, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 8 and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 158.8 x 75.7 x 7.6, 169g

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Xiaomi Mi 9

The Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a triple-camera setup, which is covered by sapphire glass for protection against scratches. It features a 48MP f/1.75 primary lens, a 12MP f/2.2 telephoto lens, and a 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens. There’s a single 20MP shooter up front.

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Xiaomi’s flagship is powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128G of storage. That’s the global version — users in China also get variants with 8 and 12GB of RAM and as much as 256GB of storage. The phone sports an in-display fingerprint scanner and a 3,300mAh battery that can be fully charged in as little as 65 minutes.

The Mi 9 has a modern design with thin bezels, a notch, and a glass back. It supports wireless charging but doesn’t have a headphone jack or an IP rating. It’s up for pre-order in a few European countries starting at 450 euros (~$505).

Specs

  • 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6/8/12GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 48, 16, and 12MP rear cameras, 20MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6mm, 173g

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Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus red reflection on cameras (5 of 13)

The Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus have the same three cameras on the back. The setup consists of a 16MP wide-angle lens, a 12MP standard lens, and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens, giving you a lot of versatility when taking pictures. You’ll find a single 10MP shooter on the front of the S10, while its bigger brother comes with an additional 8MP sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus has a total of five cameras on board.

The phones are almost identical when it comes to specs. They are powered by the Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 Octa chipset, support wireless charging, and have an IP rating. They both also sport a headphone jack and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The two major differences between them are the display and battery sizes — check out the specs table below.

Samsung’s flagships are among the best and most feature-packed phones on the market, but they are also quite expensive. The S10 starts at $900, while the Plus model will set you back at least $1,000.

Along with the Galaxy S10 and S0 Plus, Samsung also announced the Galaxy S10 5G that also sports three rear cameras. However, the phone isn’t available yet — learn more about it here.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

  • 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 522ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8/12GB of RAM
  • 128GB/512GB/1TB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10 and 8MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 4,100mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with 3,040 x 1,440 resolution, 550ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 (Exynos 9820 Octa in some regions)
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 12, 12, and 16MP rear cameras, 10MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g

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Sony Xperia 1

Sony Xperia 1 Sony Xperia 10 10 Plus

Sony took a big step forward this year with the announcement of the Xperia 1. The phone comes with the Snapdragon 855 chipset, a 6.5-inch 21:9 display, and a triple-camera setup offering a wide, a standard, and a telephoto lens. All three cameras capture 12MP images.

The Sony Xperia 1 has a 21:9 display and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The flagship sports a modern design and has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The battery comes in at 3,300mAh, which isn’t that impressive given the size of the device. Other specs and features include 6GB of RAM, the latest version of Android, and expandable storage.

The Xperia 1 was announced at MWC 2019 and is currently up for pre-order at Clove in the U.K. It goes for 850 pounds, which translates to around $1,100. However, the phone will be cheaper once it launches in the U.S. It will be available unlocked at various retailers including Best Buy and Amazon. 

Specs

  • 6.5-inch OLED display with 3,840 x 1,644 resolution, 643ppi
  • Snapdragon 855 chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • Three 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,330mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 167 x 72 x 8.2mm, 180g

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Huawei P20 Pro

huawei p20 pro triple camera trend

The Huawei P20 Pro was the first phone with a triple-camera setup. The main 40MP sensor captures rich color, the 20MP secondary monochrome sensor captures additional details, and the third 8MP telephoto lens is used for zoom and additional focal length. The setup also features Huawei’s AI-assisted stabilization (AIS), which lets the P20 Pro take long-exposure shots without a tripod.

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The phone has a 24MP selfie snapper, a 6.1-inch display, and packs a massive 4,000mAh battery. It sports a glass rear panel, though you can also get it with a leather back. There’s no wireless charging or headphone jack on board. It has a fingerprint scanner on the front just below the display, which means that the bottom bezel is a bit bigger than it could have been.

The phone launched with a price tag of 900 euros back in April, but it’s now available for around 525 euros (~$590) — although pricing differs from country to country. Unfortunately, it wasn’t released in the U.S.

Specs

  • 6.1-inch AMOLED display with 2,240 x 1,080 resolution, 408ppi
  • Kirin 970 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm, 180g

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These are the best phones with a triple-camera setup in our opinion. Which is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!