Lately there have been some rumors regarding the Huawei P50 series. A recent report shows that the Huawei P50 will use both Kirin 9000 and third-party chips. Additionally, we recently saw the first images of what is believed to be the Huawei P50 Pro. Now, there is speculation that this series could use the liquid lens that has been talked about for a long time. however, @Teme clearly stated that this rumor technically arrives on the web every year but never materializes.
According to The Elec, Huawei plans to launch the 2021 model of its P series in the first half of next year. In addition, Samsung and LG will be the suppliers of the Huawei P50 series display.
Huawei already issued a patent for the lens technology in November 2018. The patent shows that Huawei may be developing a new liquid camera to further improve the camera’s shooting capabilities. As a result, there has been consistent speculation regarding the liquid lens. However, Huawei has yet to launch this technology.
Liquid lens will improve camera performance
According to the patent, Huawei will add a group of liquid fixed lenses between the two traditional lenses. We can see it in the image below. So, by changing the voltage on both sides of the liquid, the focal length can also change which provides a clearer image. The distortion rate is also lower and can greatly reduce the color imbalance due to late synthesis. In addition, the emergence of liquid cameras can also change the current situation of camera protrusions.
Later, Huawei filed a patent on December 25, 2019 entitled “Engine components, camera modules and electronic equipment for driving liquid lenses.” This patent was made public on April 7, 2020. It should be mentioned that liquid lenses are not new. They have been used in high-end professional fields such as astronomical telescopes and medical endoscopes.
In addition to Huawei, many mobile phone manufacturers such as OPPO have also filed patents on “liquid lenses”. Already in 2005, a company called Varioptic introduced Cebit, the world’s first liquid zoom camera phone.
In addition, digital blogger @DigitalChatStation also claims that liquid lenses can be commercially produced next year, primarily for telephoto lenses.
Most of these technologies use a liquid drop-shaped material similar to the lotus leaf. Developers only need to change the entry point. The zoom and viewfinder can achieve different magnifications by pressing, which has the advantages of saving space and low cost.