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[RUMOR] Huawei “In-House” Sensor To Power P70 Camera

Huawei is apparently planning to break with tradition: rumors suggest it will break from Sony’s sensors and develop its own, in-house sensors for use inside the Huawei P70…



Key Takeaways:

  • Huawei is set to innovate with the P70 series by introducing in-house image sensors.
  • Moving away from Sony sensors, Huawei aims for technological self-reliance.
  • The P70 series may feature a custom-designed camera system with enhanced color accuracy and low-light performance.
  • In-house component manufacturing could lead to better quality control, faster innovation, and market differentiation.
  • Huawei’s strategic shift reflects a vision for a future of adaptable and in-house driven smartphone technology.


Reports suggest Huawei is looking to develop its own, custom image sensors. If true, it’s a bold move that would end its reliance on Sony’s sensors, marking a new era of proprietary innovation for Huawei. And a potential new revenue line – if the sensors are any good.

However, with its ever-gloomy relationship with the US, the wider implications for this technology outside of China do not look good. Still, the fact that Huawei is reportedly working on this new tech is interesting for a range of reasons which we’ll unpack in more detail below…

Evolving The XMAGE Platform Inside The Huawei P70 Series

Huawei’s prowess in camera technology is well-documented, and the P70 series promises to not just uphold but elevate this reputation. The XMAGE platform has already demonstrated Huawei’s ability to push the envelope in photographic excellence.

With the introduction of its own image sensors, the P70 series could be something really special.

And even if it isn’t – first attempts at anything are usually fairly unimpressive, just look at Google’s Tensor chip – future iterations could help the company build-out a competitive angle over its closest rivals (Apple, Samsung, and Xiaomi). All of whom, by the way, are reliant on Sony for their phones’ sensors.

The Benefits of In-House Manufacturing

Huawei’s shift to in-house manufacturing is strategic, offering several benefits:

  • Quality Control: Custom components can lead to superior performance.
  • Innovation Speed: In-house development can accelerate innovation.
  • Market Differentiation: Unique components can give Huawei a competitive edge.

The Strategic Implications of Huawei’s Shift

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Huawei’s pivot is a calculated strategy. After being unceremoniously kicked out of the US market, where it was quickly becoming the dominant player, Huawei lost nearly all of its global market share. It was blocked from using Google services on its phones and this basically made them a very tough sell outside of China.

With the P70, Huawei is said to want to use ONLY Chinese companies for the phone’s components. It wants to keep things local, to focus on Chinese suppliers and Chinese innovation. The new in-house sensor could be just the tip of the iceberg basically.

The upshot of this approach is that Huawei, following its supply chain issues post-pandemic, will have greater control over its supply chain and reduce dependency on external partners.

And this means more phones, more sales, and more revenue. All good things.

The Potential for Enhanced User Experience

By designing and manufacturing their own image sensors, as rumored for the P70 series, Huawei is positioning itself to fine-tune every pixel and sensor interaction, ensuring that the end result is nothing short of extraordinary.

This level of control could lead to a suite of benefits, from improved image quality to faster processing speeds, and even better battery life as components become more integrated and efficient.

Imagine a scenario where the camera’s sensor is so well-integrated with the phone’s processor that it can deliver faster autofocus, more accurate color reproduction, and superior low-light performance.

Beyond the camera, Huawei’s in-house approach could extend to other components like the display, the battery, and even the speakers.

With the ability to tailor each component to work in perfect harmony, Huawei could push the boundaries of what we expect from a smartphone. Displays could be more responsive and energy-efficient, batteries could charge faster and last longer, and speakers could deliver richer, more immersive audio.

Looking Ahead: Anticipation for the P70 Series

What can we expect from the Huawei P70 series? Not too much is known right now but given the pitch of this latest rumor I think it is fairly safe to say that imaging and its camera tech will be a big focus.

  • Enhanced Photography: The in-house sensor might introduce groundbreaking photography features.
  • Unique Features: A bespoke optical fingerprint reader could provide distinctive security enhancements.
  • Tech Autonomy: The P70 could symbolize a new chapter of technological independence for Huawei.
Richard Goodwin

Richard Goodwin is a leading UK technology journalist with a focus on consumer tech trends and data security. Renowned for his insightful analysis, Richard has contributed to Sky News, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 2, and CNBC, making complex tech issues accessible to a broad audience.

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