MANILA -- Huawei said Tuesday it would unveil its photography-centered P40 line of premium smartphones in a live stream, skipping a grand launch in Paris as the world moved to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
Huawei has been adding one rear lens per year to the P series since the triple lens P20 Pro in 2018. Internet leaks suggest as many as 5 rear cameras on the top tier P40, the successor to the quad camera P30 line.
The P40 series will be the "world's most powerful 5G flagship smartphone," Huawei consumer business group CEO Richard Yu said in late February.
Germany's Leica co-engineers the cameras on Huawei's flagship phones. The Mate 30 Pro from late 2019 had 4 rear cameras housed in a circular module.
The cameras on the P40 are expected to improve upon the P30, which at the time of launch had one of the best night modes and up to 50x zoom powered by artificial intelligence.
In France, where the P40 was originally set for an unveiling, the government had banned gatherings of over 1,000 people to stop the spread of the virus.
Earlier, Oppo's Find X 2 Pro and Sony's Xperia 1 Mark II were also launched in global live streams after the cancellation of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last February forced the scrapping of many tech events.
In lieu of its own Barcelona event, Huawei launched via YouTube its Mate Xs foldable smartphone, MatePad Pro tablet and MateBook X laptop.