Huawei gave us the first phone with a triple-camera setup back in March, dubbed the Huawei P20 Pro. Since then, we’ve seen 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

huawei mate 20 triple camera trendsetter

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).

The Mate 20 Pro goes for around 1,000 euros (~$1,140), while the regular version of the handset retails for 800 euros (~$910). You’ll be able to pick up the gaming-centered Mate 20 X for 900 euros (~$1,025) once it’s released in Europe.

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 V40 is LG’s only phone with three rear cameras. The setup features 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 $750.

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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Honor Magic 2

The front of the Honor Magic 2.

The Honor Magic is an interesting phone for a number of reasons. In addition to a triple-camera setup on the back featuring a 16MP ultra wide angle lens, a 16MP RGB lens, and a 24MP monochrome lens, it sports three front-facing cameras. The phone also features a slider design like the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, an in-display fingerprint scanner, and 3D facial recognition.

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Like Huawei’s flagships, it’s powered by the Kirin 980 chipset and comes with up to 8GB of RAM. The 3,400mAh battery supports 40W fast charging technology, which is said to charge the phone up to 50 percent in 15 minutes. Sadly, the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack, so you’ll have to pick up a pair of Bluetooth headphones or use a dongle with your wired headphones.

The biggest problem with the phone is its availability. It’s only available in China, and Huawei doesn’t plan on bringing it to other markets as of now. So the only way to get it is by buying it from a Chinese online retailer like AliExpress, which is selling the handset for $735.

Honor Magic 2 4

Specs

  • 6.39-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 403ppi
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/256GB of storage, expandable up to 256GB
  • 16, 16, and 24MP rear cameras, 16, 16, 2MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • 157.3 x 75.1 x 8.3mm, 206g

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Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A7 Samsung

The Galaxy A7 (2018) was unveiled in September and it’s Samsung’s first phone with a triple-camera setup. It comes with an 8MP 120-degree ultra wide angle lens, a 24MP main lens, and a 5MP depth lens. Like the Note 9, the Galaxy A7 comes with Scene Optimizer, which is a fancy word for scene recognition seen on many handsets so far. It automatically recognizes what the camera is looking at and adjusts the settings to create a better image.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is a mid-range device.

Unlike other phones mentioned on this list so far, the Galaxy A7 is not a flagship. It’s actually a mid-range device packing the Exynos 7885 chipset under the hood along with up to 6GB of RAM. Other specs and features include a 24MP selfie snapper that supports AR Emoji, a 6.0-inch Full HD+ display, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The Galaxy A7 is already available in Europe, where it costs around 300 euros (~$345). There’s no word on when or if it will make its way to the U.S.
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Specs

  • 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,220 x 1,080 resolution, 411ppi
  • Exynos 7885 chipset
  • 4/6GB of RAM
  • 64/128GB of onboard storage, expandable up to 512GB
  • 24, 8, and 5MP rear cameras, 24MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm, 168g

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Oppo R17 Pro

oppo r17 pro

Like the Galaxy A7 (2018), the Oppo R17 Pro packs a little less power under the hood than 2018 flagships, packing the Snapdragon 710 chipset. Its triple-camera setup is a bit different than those found on competing phones, as it sports a 20MP main lens, a 12MP secondary lens, and a TOF (Time of Flight) 3D stereo camera for capturing 3D images by circling the camera around an object or person.

The Oppo R17 Pro has an in-display fingerprint scanner and two batteries.

A few other things make the device stand out. It has an in-display fingerprint scanner and two batteries, both with a capacity of 1,850mAh — 3,700mAh in total. Oppo claims the maximum charging power is close to 50W and you’ll get a 40 percent charge in only 10 minutes, which is impressive.

The Oppo R17 Pro comes with a 6.4-inch display, up to 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It doesn’t have a headphone jack, water resistance, or wireless charging. The phone launched in China with a price tag of 4,300 yuan (~$620). It’s not available in Western markets at this time, but you can order it on AliExpress for $710.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Snapdragon 710 chipset
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage, non-expandable
  • 20MP, 12MP, and TOF 3D stereo rear cameras, 25MP front camera
  • Two non-removable 1,850mAh batteries — 3,700mAh in total
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 157.6 x 74.6 x 7.9mm, 183g

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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 600 euros — 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!