Huawei Pura 70 Ultra gets disassembled on video, take a look at that retractable camera

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Last week Huawei made the Pura 70 series of smartphones official, including the top of the line Pura 70 Ultra. This is the next generation of the long-running P series, now with an actual name instead of a letter.

All of the Pura 70 models have a very distinctive camera island design, and the Ultra comes with a 1-inch retractable main camera with variable aperture. If you’ve been wondering what the Pura 70 Ultra looks like on the inside, Chinese YouTube channel WekiHome has you covered as usual, publishing a full video disassembly of the device. Make sure you hit the CC button and set auto-translation to your language of choice to get subtitles.

As for almost any phone these days, the way in is through the rear, with the back plate coming off first, following the application of some heat to make the adhesive less… adhesive. Huawei has traditionally applied more adhesive than other brands, apparently, and that’s still the case here.

Once inside, the retracting mechanism (including the stepper motor) for the main camera is in full view, and it does look like a sweet bit of engineering. The stepper motor even has some noise-suppressing foam on it. This phone is the first ever to integrate a retractable camera and also have IP68 dust and water resistance.

Huawei Pura 70 Ultra gets disassembled on video, take a look at that retractable camera

This is made possible by the telescopic part of the lens cover being sealed. The point of all this is that the phone is thinner than its competitors with 1-inch Type cameras when you’re not using the camera. But there’s an additional benefit – when the camera isn’t in use and you shake the phone, it’s much less rattly than its competitors with 1-inch Type sensors.

The sensor-shift OIS is also on display, and all cameras have heat dissipation materials on their backs that are directly connected to the large vapor chamber. The Kirin chipset powering the phone is roughly comparable to the Snapdragon 888 and Dimensity 8200 in the AnTuTu benchmark.

Huawei Pura 70 Ultra gets disassembled on video, take a look at that retractable camera

The speakers used are identical to those in the Mate 60 Pro, it turns out, while the vibration motor is slightly smaller. The peak battery charging wattage is 88.3W, and charging from 0 to 100% takes 37 minutes.

The screen is made by BOE and covered with Kunlun glass. Manual brightness measurement yields 600 nits in manual mode and 1,242 nits in High Brightness Mode. The back of the screen is fully covered with a copper metal plate for heat dissipation purposes.

The conclusion is that while the Pura 70 Ultra still isn’t on par, performance-wise, with its competitors, it’s better than the Mate 60 Pro so Huawei is indeed progressing from release to release.

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