Huawei has filed a patent for a high-end smartphone that includes an under-screen camera and top bezel display. camera phones generally have black borders around the screen and that’s essentially what the bezel is.
Manufacturers have been working hard to reduce the size of bezels in camera phones, however Huawei seems to be approaching this slightly differently. By making use of the space in the bezels, Huawei is using the black borders to display information like the time, battery percentage and connectivity information.
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Huawei is likely to have designed an under-screen camera and this means that on the front of the phone, the camera module will not be visible. This is similar to what Xiaomi patented early last year, however, we are still yet to see a smartphone with this technology.
Camera phone manufacturers have been trying to reduce the size of the camera notch that is found in many smartphones. This notch can vary from being unsightly in some smartphones to being barely noticeable in others. Huawei and several other camera phone manufacturers are seemingly trying to completely get rid of the notch by producing an under-screen camera.
The patent that Huawei filed also shows a large rear camera bump that houses four camera modules. The camera bump on the back of phone protrudes quite a bit which could indicate that Huawei will produce this phone with the telephoto lens found on the Huawei P40 Pro Plus.
Currently it’s uncertain if this potentially upcoming camera phone from Huawei is going to sit in the P series or Mate series of phones from the company. Nonetheless, this could be an important innovation for the company considering the difficulties it has had in the markets due to the sanctions from the US. Competitive technologies may be a crucial element in helping Huawei maintain and improve its market position.