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With dual-cameras pretty much a standard-feature on high-end smartphones these days, it was only a matter of time before the first manufacturer would announce a mobile device with three (or even more) camera modules per side. If rumors are true, it looks as if this manufacturer will be China's Huawei.

Unlike in previous years, the Chinese device-maker won't launch their new premium model at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona at the end of this month. Instead, the P20 (as the new model is likely to be called) will be announced at a stand-alone event in Paris on the 27th of March.

According to a report by Forbes, the P20 will be the first smartphone to come with a triple-camera, offering a total resolution of 40MP and a 5x optical/digital hybrid zoom. Additionally, the front camera will feature 24MP resolution.

As, with previous models, the cameras have reportedly been co-developed with German optics manufacturer Leica.

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro features a dual cam co-engineered with Leica.

There are no further details regarding how the triple-camera technology exactly works, but we would assume the typical image output size will be considerably smaller than 40MP, and the high pixel count is mostly used for hybrid zoom and computational imaging purposes, such as de-noising and HDR.

The Mate 10 Pro is already one of the best smartphone cameras we have tested in a while, so it'll be interesting to see what performance Huawei can squeeze out of a device with an additional camera module. We'll know more in a few weeks time.