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The Huawei P20 is an interesting phone as it is the first smartphone with a triple lens camera on the back. The dual lens setup has been popular for the past couple of years, so Huawei really broke the mold with the P20, but it seems that other smartphone makers could be following suit, such as Apple.

We have been hearing rumors that Apple is considering launching a triple lens iPhones , and now a report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News (via MacRumors) has revealed additional details about what the third lens could be used for. According to the report, the third lens is said to help the iPhone achieve advanced 3D sensing via stereoscopic vision, meaning that it will let the camera capture images of a single object from different angles.

This could be used for augmented reality purposes which actually doesn’t really come as a surprise given Apple’s interest in the technology. This is actually not the first time we’ve seen smartphone makers explore the use of phones for augmented reality. Lenovo and Google worked together on a phone for Project Tango, but it never quite gained commercial traction.

The report also claims that the third lens on the iPhone could be used to provide enhanced zoom capabilities. In any case it’s probably best to take these reports with a grain of salt for now, but what do you guys think? Are we starting to go a little overboard with the cameras on our smartphones?

Filed in Apple >Cellphones >Rumors. Read more about Augmented Reality (AR) and iPhone.

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