Huawei sub-brand Honor, and not Xiaomi, is the first smartphone maker to launch a mobile device with a 48-megapixel main camera. Since the launch of the Huawei P20 Pro early this year, smartphone makers have been engaged in a race to offer the best camera experience on a smartphone. This has led to develop phones with cameras that have higher megapixel counts.

Huawei set the bar high with the launch of the P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro, which features a 40-megapixel main sensor. Now, Honor, the e-brand of Huawei has defeated it to showcase a smartphone with 48-megapixel main camera. With View20, set to launch in China on December 26, Honor will have a smartphone that brings two new technologies to the main front.

The Honor View20 will not only be the first to feature a 48-megapixel main camera but also the first to sport an in-screen camera. With the in-screen camera technology, Honor is making the dream of a smartphone that is all-screen, with no need for mechanized components or sliders for the front camera.

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Honor says it achieved the possibility of an in-screen camera smartphone by drilling a hole with 4.5mm diameter. It claims previously only 6mm diameter hole was possible to be drilled on a display and it has now received five patents to make an even smaller hole that accommodates the camera.

The Chinese smartphone maker is not revealing how this tech works but we will know soon. The Honor View20 launch is set for launch on December 26 in Beijing. The launch will be followed by global launch in Paris on January 22.

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