The Huawei P40 Pro is expected to deliver the largest optical zoom on a phone camera

Zoom camera phones are expected to get even better in 2020, and the Huawei P40 Pro could deliver 10x optical zoom, according to research by technology analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

It would be the first flagship phone to reach that level of optical zoom, which preserves image quality much better than digital zoom.

More phones coming this year are planned to improve optical zoom, though Kuo apparently did not specify others in his note, which was purchased by MacRumors.

If the P40 Pro manages to deliver 10x optical zoom, it will be a success, though not surprising: Last year’s Huawei P30 Pro hit a 5x optical zoom.

Oppo used the same ‘periscope’ design on the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom that debuted in 2019, and despite the deceptive name, it manages a 5x optical zoom that is combined with digital to manage a 10x hybrid zoom – the same as the P30 Pro.

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