Since 2012, P-series smartphones have repeatedly wanted to learn about design, battery autonomy and, above all, photographic performance. On the occasion of the tenth anniversary, a new masterpiece awaits us. Huawei P50 Pro, which, as many times before, takes mobile photography to a new level!
The trip was long and full of revolutionary technological breakthroughs, so it’s only right to look at it in more detail.
HUAWEI Ascend P1 – The Beginning of a Great Period (January 2012)
Huawei Ascend P1 and P1s smartphones were presented at the 2012 CES Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, USA. At 6.68 and 7.69 mm thick, the smooth case was, respectively, the thinnest of any phone Huawei has ever made. In fact, it was a visual discovery. Their appearance has been described as “thinner than a cricket’s wings”.
Until then, Huawei devised a plan to push the boundaries of mobile photography. The Ascend P1 is equipped with an 8 million backlit sensor with autofocus and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. In addition, the camera was capable of fast sequential shooting and offered a wide range of cool effects, face tracking, smile tracking, panoramic shooting, skin beautifying features, and low-light photography. This laid the foundation for the Huawei P series of smartphones, which then surprised every year.
HUAWEI Ascend P2 – Display (Feb 2013)
A year later, encouraged by the success of the P1, Huawei introduced the Ascend P2. Although similar in design, it brought a much larger screen in a still very thin 8.4mm case. The combination of the large screen and slim body reminded us of the infinity pool, while the elegantly curved edges and narrow bezels provide a comfortable grip. Ascend P2 introduced a right-click image button, which simplifies the shooting process and speed. The significant improvement in image quality was due to the camera with 13 million sensors at the time and improved performance in low-light conditions.
HUAWEI Ascend P6 – Extremely stylish and powerful (June 2013)
The Ascend P6 smartphone has surprised experts and users, as Huawei has taken decisive steps forward in almost all areas. The plastic body of the body has been replaced by aluminum, so the phone with a thickness of only 6.18 mm was considered the thinnest on the market. Showcasing the aesthetics in its simplicity, they find inspiration for it in a paper, while adopting watchmaking back processing techniques for stunning looks and exceptional quality.
It was a huge leap, hence the difference in labeling, as Huawei also wanted to say the phone is designed for a new era. In addition to the 5 million dual front camera, it also has an 8 million rear camera, which features close-up (macro) photography. For the first time, we were able to bring the smartphone lens closer to the scene to just 4cm.
HUAWEI Ascend P7 – The First Ultra-Slim 4G Phone (May 2014)
2014 was a turning point, as the first operators began building fourth generation (4G) networks. In addition to supporting the new grille that is only 6.5mm thick, the Ascend P7 has introduced a glass backrest, whose superior look and tactile feel comes as a result of an improved 7-layer processing process. And in mobile photography too, the phone was way ahead of its time. The 8 million front camera offers a very wide field of view, while the rear camera has used 13 million Sony IMX214 sensors with superb image processing. He is credited with the massive improvement in low-light photography, which laid the foundations for such future innovations.
HUAWEI P8 – First Quad-Color Sensor (April 2015)
Huawei took the next big step in the development of mobile photography in 2015 with the P8 series of phones, which included the P8, P8 Max and P8 Lite models. That year, they also abandoned the Ascend brand.
The P8 series phones were all metallic. The aluminum-alloy frame and clean, bright edges set off a futuristic look that’s still interesting today. But the great advantage was certainly mobile photography thanks to the revolutionary photographic light path mode and the use of a quad-color RGBW sensor, which improved light sensitivity by 32% and reduced digital noise by 78% when shooting in low-light conditions. The rear camera had 13 million Sony IMX278 sensors, f/2.0 aperture, and optical image stabilization (OIS), which helped make the P8 a “giant” of mobile photography at the time.
HUAWEI P9 – First Camera and Leica Collaboration (April 2016)
Smartphones entered a new era of mobile photography in 2016. It was at that time that Huawei introduced the two-camera system it developed with legendary German camera maker Leica. The P9 has 12 million colors and 20 million black and white (monochrome) sensors that work in tandem for multi-detail color reproduction, depth, and fidelity. The two-camera system has won praise from experts while at the same time laying the foundations for Huawei’s dominance in mobile photography.
In appearance, the P9 maintains a minimalist design and upgrades its 2.5D display that blends seamlessly with the metal and glass body and the fingerprint sensor on the back. Both externally and internally, the P9 embodied the ultimate spirit that continues to be the hallmark of the P series today.
HUAWEI P10 – Master of Portraits (February 2017)
The Huawei P10 smartphone in partnership with Leica has taken it to a new level. Great selfies thanks to the front camera with f/1.9 aperture, while the 12 and 20 million rear cameras have also been upgraded. Thanks to its state-of-the-art Kirin 960 processor, it has introduced 4K video recording to the P series.
The diamond body of the P10 smartphone is designed to dazzle and accentuate stunning details. In addition, it stood out from the competition with a glass and metal lid in eight colors: Ceramic White, Prestigious Gold, Mystic Silver, Rose Gold, Graphite Black, Brilliant Gold and Brilliant Blue and Green.
HUAWEI P20 – The world’s first triple camera (March 2018)
When the excellent two-camera system of the P10 predecessor was upgraded with a third 8-million-inch camera capable of 5x hybrid zoom, they earned the mobile champions of that year, the P20 smartphone series. But this was not the only improvement. The main camera of the P20 Pro received 40 million sensors. He is generally considered to be the first to make 10 million photos by combining dots. The P20 series also introduced for the first time a Night mode for photography that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and combines photography with different lighting for superior results even in the dark. The AI capabilities were great in every respect. The phone is able to recognize 500 scenes from 19 categories and adjust shooting settings accordingly.
The result for excellence in photography that year was the best DxOMark rating, which confirmed the P20 series as the market leader. The look of the glass case has also been upgraded, seeing gradient colors for the first time. An innovation that competitors soon began to emulate.
HUAWEI P30 – Higher Zoom, Better Night Photography (March 2019)
The P-Series’ stunning legacy has been upgraded by the P30 Series in both design and mobile photography. in a way that made them more disconnected from the pursuers. Namely, a four-camera system was introduced, among which 40 million sensors (Super Sensing) for the main camera with the revolutionary RYYB color filter. For the first time ever, any manufacturer moved away from the rules of digital photography and using RGB (red, green, and blue) filters. The RYYB filter (Red, Yellow, Yellow, Trendy) introduces yellow dots, making the sensor 40% more photosensitive. P30 smartphones see in the dark and can create bright images even in situations where competitors see only darkness. In addition, the P30 Pro introduced one of the first periscope lenses and with it the ability to 5x optical zoom and 50x digital zoom. While competitors boasted a twofold increase.
With the P30 series, it is considered a breakthrough in other technological areas. Huawei introduced curved OLED screens and a subtle overlay of body color on the edges. With an extraordinary sense of detail, the phone is no longer just a small computer in his pocket, but has begun to establish itself as a fashion accessory.
HUAWEI P40: 100x Zoom (March 2020)
2020 marked the beginning of ultra-mobile photography with the introduction of a 1/1.28″ physically large CMOS sensor. The more advanced P40 Pro+ includes 50 million wide 40 main cameras, then cameras with 3 and 10x optical zoom, and a ToF depth sensor. With this said, this phone also plowed the groove, because for the first time we saw the introduction of two communications cameras in one device. In addition, the P40 series offers a Quad-Curve Overflow display for an unlimited viewing experience reminiscent of running water.
HUAWEI P50 – Dual Array Camera (July 2021)
Given the challenges that Huawei has faced over the past two years, the P Series has become synonymous with flexibility. But nevertheless, the design features and versatile shooting capabilities of the P50 Pro are unmatched.
With the P50 series, Huawei is pushing the boundaries between software and hardware in image processing. Optics can take full advantage of the capabilities of computers and go beyond physical limits. The result is a wide range of dazzling and true colors that amaze. Enhanced XD Fusion Pro offers a color-appropriate engine, filter system, and dynamic range technology that enhances detail, color, and clarity in a variety of highlights. In addition, a new True Chroma Shot feature is introduced that uses the basic capabilities of P-Series hardware, such as zoom, night photography and HD video recording, to capture live shots in their full glory. The camera’s superior design and photographic capabilities seamlessly complement each other and offer the best of both worlds.
Over the past decade, Huawei P series smartphones have introduced amazing photographic capabilities one after another – the first Leica system, the first three rear camera system, the first periscope lens and the like. The P series has proven itself as a testament to innovation and it’s hard to believe what Huawei has achieved in a relatively short time. Of course the development has not stopped and in the future phones of this series will bring us new features and push the boundaries of mobile photography.
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