The Z40 Pro has been teased by ZTE's Nubia for quite some time now, with plans to officially unveil the smartphone on 25 February 2022 at a launch event. The design of the device has been revealed early, however, via the company's Weibo.
Nubia took to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo to share the latest design features of its upcoming flagship smartphone, complete with camera specifications as well as sample images shared by the company executive showcasing the Z40 Pro's potential.
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It was already revealed earlier this year that the upcoming nubia Z40 Pro would feature a custom 35mm master lens paired with Sony's IMX787 sensor, (as reported (opens in new tab) by GSMarena) and would be by powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1SoC. Teasers from the company additionally confirmed a large f/1.6 aperture and some form of what appeared to be omni-directional autofocus.
Speculation is no longer required as Nubia (opens in new tab) has now confirmed a few features of the smartphone ahead of Friday's launch, including the design of the triple-rear camera and what we can expect in terms of image quality. The sensors shown in the advertorial images posted on Weibo (opens in new tab) by Nubia reveal a 64MP main camera with the Sony IMX787 sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide snapper and an 8MP telephoto module capable of up to 5x optical zoom.
The industry's first custom made 35mm-equivalent "ultra-clear main camera" supposedly has an increased film rate with the unit containing OIS and omni-directional autofocus that will reduce image distortion by 35%, gather 80% more light, and improve the picture clarity by 78%. This lens on appearance is much bigger than the other two making for a unique design appeal.(opens in new tab)
This device in comparison with its predecessor, the ZTE Nubia Z20 (opens in new tab), will have a 300x better heat dissipation that is coefficient for sustained performance and will feature Neovision 11, which is the company's own attempt to enter the world of computational photography. With presumably only two choices of finish, either black or silver, it is unlikely if nubia will offer additional device color options later in the cycle of the Z40 Pro's launch and release.
Sample photos uploaded to Weibo by the company showcase varying features of the Z40 Pro such as capturing movement as well as potential elements that apply to astrophotography and night shooting. Another sample image was uploaded to Weibo (opens in new tab) by Ni Fei, the company's executive, of a cat with bright blue eyes in exquisite detail, with the watermarked image corner declaring it was captured using the Z40 Pro device.(opens in new tab) (opens in new tab)
The "world's first" 35mm module lens on a smartphone is certainly an exciting development in the field of the ever-enhancing smartphone photography. Be sure to tune into nubia's launch event on Friday to be the first to know about all of the details surrounding its new flagship photography-priority smartphone.
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