Huawei P20 Pro teardown reveals how they pulled off a triple camera setup

Huawei P20 Pro might be costlier to repair than the iPhone X.

    Huawei recently unveiled its P20 Pro smartphone with a triple camera setup. Users and tech enthusiasts have been continuously wondering how Huawei managed to cram in a triple camera setup. Well, it seems we have an answer now. iFixit has published a teardown of the Huawei P20 Pro, giving us a peek into how those cameras were tucked inside the device.

    Triple camera

    The teardown shows that both 20MP monochrome and the 40MP primary lens share a single connector port. While the 8MP telephoto lens has an exclusive connection to the motherboard. This shows that the company didn't reinvent the connection when it decided to add the telephoto lens; it hardly added a new connection on top of the normal dual camera connector.


    The iFixit teardown also shows how difficult it is to get to the phone's battery reservoir. However, once you manage to get to it, you'll find that the charger port is modular, making the replacement more convenient compared to other smartphones. This is an intelligent move from the company as the P20 Pro comes sans the headphone jack, which puts more reliance on the Type-C port than usual.


    The teardown also reveals that replacing the display will be a tricky business, as it is stuck to the glass back which is fragile. This also means that people who often break their smartphone's screen should avoid getting this phone or buy a really sturdy case for its protection.


    iFixit rated both Huawei P20 Pro and Mate 10 at four points out of ten in terms of repairability. It is not the worst score, but it still doesn't match the scores of Google Pixel and Pixel XL that were rated at seven points.

    Picture quality

    Talking about the camera performance, the Huawei P20 Pro scored tremendous 109 rating for its camera on DxOMark. Huawei P20 Pro's smaller sibling - the P20 secured the second place on DxOMark with a 102 rating. These two smartphones are followed by the Samsung Galaxy S9, Google Pixel 2, and the iPhone X.

    Video quality

    Apart from that, the P20 Pro also scores the highest rating (98) for its video quality. Previously, Google Pixel 2 scored an impressive 96 for the video quality. It is followed by P20 at 94, Galaxy S9 Plus at 91, and the iPhone X at 89.

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