Huawei is one of the brands that push the envelope in terms of mobile photography. And if this latest patent is legit, then we might see them revolutionizing the industry even further.
A recent patent filed at the European Intellectual Property Office shows a Huawei smartphone with a unique camera module on the back. The first image shows the back of the phone, with an enormous camera bump on the back.
You can clearly see the LED flash, with a large hole next to it. While on the next image (see below), you can see an outline of the same device, but with what appears to be a lens attached to it.
This means that Huawei might be preparing for an interchangeable lens system for an upcoming smartphone, possibly the Huawei P50 series.
For those who are unfamiliar, the interchangeable lens is a feature found on professional DSLR and most mirrorless cameras. As the name suggest, it lets you switch between different lenses depending on what you need.
This could be a helpful feature for smartphones. Instead of rigging it with an ultra-wide, a telephoto, or even a macro lens — lenses that the user might never use — consumers can just opt to pick whatever type of lens they may actually use.
However, with a large lens sticking out on the back, don’t expect it to be pocketable. You can remove the lens to make it slimmer, but would you actually take the risk of losing a lens this small?
Clearly, Huawei still needs to sort out the practicality of this product. But then again, this is just a patent filing and nothing is official yet. In the meantime, you can check out the Huawei P40 Pro Plus, which has a 10x telephoto camera, and just came out in the Philippines for Php69,990.