Qualcomm: 192-megapixel smartphones might come this year

64-megapixel smartphones, too



How many megapixels do you need on a camera? Most smartphones today vary between 12 to 24 megapixels. Only a handful of smartphones have pushed the boundaries to 48 megapixels. Still, the market agrees on this sweet spot for smartphone photography. However, the industry has kept a deep secret from us all this time. Until now.

Apparently, Qualcomm’s current generation of chipsets can support up to 192-megapixel cameras. That’s at least four times more than the industry standard! Initially discovered by XDA Developers last week, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon lineup — including 660, 670, 675, 710, 845, and 855 — has revealed a rather telling spec sheet. Theoretically, this expansive list can wield large cameras.

Of course, “theoretically” can mean a lot of things. Despite the support, it will take an enormous amount of engineering to attach a 192-megapixel camera onto a smartphone. Even then, you might be better off using an actual DSLR camera instead.

However, after the discovery’s initial wave of hype, Qualcomm has confirmed the best possible scenario. From another source’s interview, Judd Heape, Qualcomm’s senior director of product management, has revealed the current development of future phones wielding this amazing capability.

According to Heape, Qualcomm’s chips have always supported large cameras. However, the support comes at a price. If a theoretical smartphone did carry such a camera, it will lack plenty of other features, like noise reduction and adequate shutter speeds. It will capture only noisy and blurry photos.

Despite the inherent tradeoff, some smartphone makers are hastily moving towards more megapixels. According to Heape, the industry will launch 64-megapixel and 100-megapixel cameras by this year. Unfortunately, Heape has not revealed which manufacturers will launch such phones.

Regardless, a 100-megapixel smartphone camera is insane. What would you shoot first with such a camera?

SEE ALSO: Qualcomm is testing a new chip series for Android Go phones

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Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition unveiled

There are Moschino cases, too!



This is not a drill.

With Honor’s announcement of their Honor 20 series came a fashion collaboration that definitely excites me. The Honor 20 Pro Moschino edition was just announced and I just love how extra it is.

The phone itself has the worlds “This is not a Moschino phone” stamped on the back in true Moschino fashion. Of course, there’s a matching wallpaper that says, what else: “This is not a Moschino wallpaper.”

There are also cases that follow that design lead…

My favorite, a case that features similar bold text for that Moschino flair and straps that you can even hook to your bag.

Though all designs are fresh, the partnership isn’t surprising. Moschino’s Jeremy Scott is known for collaboration, not to mention, Honor also teamed up with the Italian fashion brand for the Honor View 20’s design.

No details on pricing and availability for this particular version of the Honor 20 Pro is out yet but one thing’s for sure: I’m loving the fashion x tech partnership and I’m definitely hoping for more!

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Honor 20 Lite offers triple rear cameras for less price

The more affordable ones



Honor 20 Lite | Image credit: Honor

Apart from the main Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro models, there’s another Honor 20 phone: the Honor 20 Lite. As the successor to the Honor 10 Lite, the new budget-friendly Honor 20 variant is meant to be in the lower tier.

The Honor 20 Lite has a 6.21-inch Dewdrop FullView display with a Dynamic prism-shaped gradient color body. It mimics the look of its more premium siblings, but for less cost.

As a midrange-specced Honor phone, it’s powered by the widely-used (within the Honor and Huawei family) Kirin 710 processor paired 4GB of memory and 128GB of internal storage. Unsurprisingly, it runs Android Pie-based EMUI 9.0 out of the box.

Honor 20 Lite | Image credit: Honor

Camera-wise, it has three rear AI cameras: a main 24-megapixel sensor, an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. In the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera inside the display’s notch.

The phone’s 3400mAh battery is respectable, but it doesn’t support SuperCharge and it charges through a micro-USB port. For comparison, the P30 Lite from Huawei already has a reversible USB-C. Additionally, the phone’s fingerprint reader is located on its back.

The Lite model is already available in stores in Europe for EUR 299 or around US$ 335 when converted.

SEE ALSO: Honor 20 Pro goes official with four rear cameras and 30x digital zoom

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Honor 20 Pro ties with OnePlus 7 Pro on DxOMark

Even beats the Huawei Mate 20 Pro



Honor has never been one to make noise on DxOMark’s camera performance charts, but the company finally felt that it’s time to set a high bar for all flagship smartphones to follow.

The Honor 20 Pro, which is the brand’s latest and best smartphone to date, earned a score tof 111 on DxOMark’s mobile ranking. That’s right below the Huawei P30 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S10 5G, plus it ties with the recently launched OnePlus 7 Pro.

It’s a major statement to say the least, and puts the Honor 20 Pro on the map as one of the best pocket shooters in the market.

When you check out its specs sheet, you wouldn’t be too surprised by the high score. The Honor 20 Pro has a 48-megapixel main camera with a bright f/1.4 aperture, 16-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 8-megapixel telephoto unit, and a 2-megapixel macro option. Indeed, that’s as much variety as a smartphone can get.

In addition, the chipset that processes the P30 Pro’s images — the Kirin 980 — does the same work for the Honor 20 Pro’s photos. The broken-down scores of 117 for photos and 97 for videos simply prove that this Honor flagship is every bit as capable as its parent company’s best.

With a starting price of EUR 599, this is quite a deal for the camera performance you get out of it. You can learn more about the Honor 20 Pro in our unboxing and hands-on video:

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