06 July 2019
Ever since the Essential Phone-1 was launched people started talking about the notch and when iPhone X was announced, the notch became mainstream. However, brands have been designing ways to avoid the notch by introducing technologies like a pop-up selfie camera, in-display camera sensor and rotating camera setup.
Huawei has been doing great with its premium segment phones thanks to the design, superlative camera performance, and attractive pricing. The company has filed a patent for a new smartphone design specifically to avoid the notch with barely-there bezels around the three sides.
Unlike the current generation phones, the new design suggests that the phone may not have a significant ‘chin’ but will have a rounded top which houses the camera sensors and earpiece. Other key takeaways from the patent filing are a dual vertical camera set up at the back along with an LED flash and rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The device will also house a 3.5mm headphone jack and charging port located at the bottom.
The patent was filed on March 2018 with the World Intellectual Property Office and was published this week. The patent document hints that the design could be soon commercialized by either Huawei or its sub-brand Honor. Also, while in most cases these renders are only there to be added to the design patent while the device is already in advance stage of development.
Though we’ve got no official confirmation from Huawei yet, the device is reminiscent of Meizu’s current flagship the Meizu 16s, though this one may be a mid-tier or budget price segment. Also, since its just a patent, we will have to wait and see when Huawei actually announces the device.