The Huawei P30 Pro - Samsung's big Galaxy S10 rival - is set to not have a 48MP camera

A new leak suggests that Huawei isn't going to join the megapixel race in 2019, with the Huawei P30 Pro set to have a 38MP camera on the rear. 

This comes as a surprise, as it's heavily rumored the Samsung Galaxy S10 will have a 48MP sensor and Honor has already revealed its 48MP camera phone, the Honor View 20

If that wasn't all, it's looking very likely that the successor to one the best camera phones will keep its three-camera setup on the back, putting to bed rumors that it was set to add an extra lens to the back. 

The leak suggests that the lenses will be in a slightly different array to the P20 Pro and next to them will be the flash. The flash is currently situated below the lenses.

This news comes from a post on popular Chinese social network Weibo, which noted that the the Huawei P30 Pro will come equipped with the Sony IMX607 sensor. 

This new sensor - which hasn't been officially announced yet - sounds pretty incredible from a camera point of view, proving that you don't actually have to boost the megapixel count to stupid levels to get fantastic detail. 

The Sony IMX607 is set to be a stacked 1/1.8-inch image sensor with a square pixel array. 

It offers "exceptional low-illumination performance", according to GizChina which has more details about the sensor. It also has a high signal-to-noise ratio, quad pixel PDAF (so expect fast autofocus speeds), advanced noise reduction and three native ISOs (50/500/5000).

Not just about the megapixels

If this does indeed end up in the Huawei P30 Pro, then the megapixel count will be lower than what was found in the Huawei P20 Pro, which was 40MP. This was also what was found in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro

To counteract this, the sensor size is bigger so quality wise it should mean for better images. The sensor size that was found in the P20 Pro was 1/1.73-inches, compared to the P30's rumoured 1/1.8 inches. Couple this with the Quad-Pixel PDAF and it's shaping up to be a great camera phone.

Let's just hope it sticks to the monochrome lens...

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Marc Chacksfield

A technology journalist who has been in the industry for 17 years, Marc is the former editor-in-chief of TechRadar and has also steered the ship for technology brands including T3, Tom's Hardware and Tom's Guide, and is currently the director of Shortlist Media and co-owner of 

An expert in the field of camera phones and mobile tech, Marc has been a long-time specialist when it comes to phone reviews, hands-on coverage, reviews and rumors. As a frequent visitor to big trade shows like CES, he has also had boots on the ground for the latest camera announcements and breaking developments in fields such as 8K video.