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Huawei’s next flagships may bring a DSLR-like camera experience

During CES 2018, HUAWEI CBG CEO Richard Yu told us that the company wants to bring DSLR-like revolutionary camera technology to its flagship devices. Here's what he had to say.

Published onJanuary 12, 2018

CES 2018 had a few big mobile announcements and one of them was the launch of the Mate 10 Pro in the United States. The winner of our Phone of the Year 2017 award is launching next month, but not without controversy, as we found out just hours before HUAWEI’s keynote.

At the end of that keynote, HUAWEI CBG CEO Richard Yu went to great pains talking about carriers, and the need for U.S. consumers to have more choice. A couple of hours later, we sat down with Richard Yu at our booth to talk about HUAWEI’s performance in 2017 and the challenges facing the company in the U.S., as well as the partnerships they’ve struck.

During the interview, Yu told us camera tech and AI integration are the next big battlegrounds and opportunities for all smartphone manufacturers. Specifically, he wants to bring DSLR like focal lengths and zoom to the mobile ecosystem.

A HUAWEI device running such a camera wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen it on mobile – Panasonic’s CM1 and Nokia’s Lumia 1020 both come to mind – but it would be interesting to see whether we actually need a DSLR-like experience.

Check out the full interview above and judge for yourself. would you be excited by a Leica-branded HUAWEI smartphone? Let us know in the comments below!