Lets Talk About The Huawei Mate Pro Camera or Shall I Say Cameras

Topic: Digital Science

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Every smartphone on the market has a specific standout feature. The latest iteration iPhones have the A12 processor, the Note 9's Bluetooth capable S-Pen, then there's the new market arriving Pixel 3 which has the camera capable of capturing some of the best images ever taken on a mobile device. All of the mentioned smartphones in their own right are the best when it comes to digital photography. Then we have the Huawei newest flagship creation, the Mate 20 Pro. It to have an impressive camera, or should I say cameras.

Let's take a quick in-depth examination of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro camera specs. On paper, this could potentially be a front-runner for being the best smartphone camera on the market.


About The Cameras

In total there are four Leica cameras on the Mate 20 Pro, one front-facing and three on the rear. Its the rear cameras that has me stoked with interest. We're talking three different focal lengths; you have your wide angle lens, standard within the smartphone industry, an astounding 40-megapixels with a f/1.8 aperture lens. There's the 20-megapixel camera that has a f/2.2 aperture ultra-wide lens that's 0.6 x greater than the wide angle lens than most smartphones granting users an excellent real-world view.

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Then we have what now is seemingly is standard with most high-end smartphones and that's a is the additional telephoto lens ( 8-megapixels, f/2.4 aperture) whose primary function is to zoom in on subjects without image distortion. The single 24-megapixel front-facing camera has integrated sensors for 3D Face Unlock.

The central feature with the Mate 20 Pro camera is AI. Dubbed the "Thinking Lens, " this controls every aspect of the camera, offering a simplified way to capture great images. The A.I will also automatically swap directly to ultra wide-angle lens when A.I is needed, it will even intelligently recognize any primary objects within a camera, keeping it in full focus, and will be able to apply cinematic effects with A.I, shifting surroundings to black and white while the subject is in color.

 Image Credit: Technobugg.com

Image Credit: Technobugg.com

Aside from the impeccable hardware, the digital technology on the Huawei Mate 20 Pro is quite impressive. The fact the manufacturer was able to incorporate four cameras onto makes it even more interesting, each camera having a specific function. How the smartphone camera performs in real-world usage remains to be seen.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Spec Sheet

Dispaly: AMOLED

Resolution: 1440 x 3120

Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 980

CPU: Octa-core (2x2.6 GHz Cortex A76 and 2X1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 and 4X1.8 GHz Cortex

Storage: 128GB Max Card Slot 256GB

Memory: 6GB RAM


Phanteks Unveils The Glacier G2080Ti and G2080 That Illuminates

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It’s not out the realm of possibility for third-party GPU cooling manufacturers to unveil a slew of products right after a flagship launch of any graphics cards, which is what NVIDIA had done a few weeks back when they raised the curtains and revealed their RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. Phanteks a company that's heavily involved in computer hardware and other accessories has just launched their brand new Glacier G2080Ti and G2080 water-blocks.


In looking at this cooling apparatus, its designed for the enthusiast system builder, and gamers looking to push their new NVIDIA RTX graphic cards passed its performance boundaries. The G2080Ti is a full cover water-block who's optimized central channel structure, fully complete with a 6mm thick nickel-plated copper base explicitly made for efficient heat exchange. The entire block is tightly-sealed with VITON O-RINGS, which are the leaders in the industry.

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Let's examine the DuPont Viton rubber washer; it seals the entire Glacier G2080 water-block, the military grade hardware is capable of withstanding extremely high temperatures. The Viton rubber washer seal is also rugged enough to resist any forms of damage during installation as well as retain form after being compressed for an extended period.

The actual Phanteks Glacier Valve fittings can easily maintain an entire water-cooling setup with fitting rings. The new glacier valve fittings allow any system builders to close off water-loop and perform any needed maintenance without having to drain the whole system.

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As I mentioned in the title of this post, these water-blocks illuminates, that's because Glacier offers digital addressable RGB lighting, which is also compatible with ASUS Aura SYNC and Phanteks Digital RGB controller, sold separately. 

Your water-block color scheme choices are Satin Black and Mirror Chrome with D-RGB lighting. Preorders are now being accepted only at the UK Overclockers for £139.99. No word on when it will hit the US market.




Let Us Examine Apples A12 Bionic Processor Up Close

Topic: mobile processors

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Last week right on schedule Apple made their Fall reveal of their new iPhone lineup, which include the iPhone XR, XS and their and their top tier option the iPhone XS Max ( $1099 start price,ouch). Nothing more but incremental changes to design and hardware which was expected, but under the hood of these devices, the hardware, one in particular, the A12 Bionic processor is what made headlines at the Apple event. The processor should be familiar to iPhone X users. Apple introduced A11 Bionic chip right alongside Facial ID last year. The A11 chip critical feature is the performance controller which is capable of running six cores simultaneously under heavy workloads.


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Fast forward to 2018; Apple upgrades their new iPhone line with an A12 Bionic processor. Apple states it is first in the industry to use a 7nm processor. They also claimed in quote: " its the smartest, most powerful chip ever in a smartphone." In observing the latest benchmark numbers, there may be some validity to their claim as the processor has six-cores ( two performance cores and four efficiency cores, a four-core GPU, making it 50 percent faster than the A11 chip, there's also an updated Neural Engine. They also mentioned that a small portion of the processor is designed to handle AI tasks.

The A12 Bionic chip is basically beefed-up variant in comparison to the A11 processor; its Neural Engine had two cores, compared to the new processors Neural Engine which have up to eight cores. The old Neural Engine can handle up to 600 billion operations per second, while the new version is capable of handling 5 trillion operations per second.

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In looking at the GPU up close, Apple didn't provide much information on the actual architecture, except what I do know is the hardware is also customized by the company.

Finally, we have the precision 16 bit makes incorporated into the A12 chip.  Apple started implementing the 16-bit value after the A8 chip and its also integrated into the A12's Neural Engine. It allows operations to performed rapidly and at the same time save power. But this all in theory, how it holds up in real time usage remains to be seen.

Question, how long before we'll see similar type processors such as the A12 Bionic make its way to Apple's line of Macs? Plans are in the works to incorporate ARM-64 processing into their ultrabook line of laptops Bucking the trend that emphasis should be on performance and power consumption, less on speed and power.