Rumors about Huawei under-display cameras are gaining traction m
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(Pocket Ribbon) – Huawei is believed to be working on a system that will place the front camera below the display of future smartphones. New patents add to this rumor, although it is not clear which device this may show up on.
At the end of 2019, we first got a glimpse of a front camera under the display, with companies like Oppo and Xiaomi showing off the concept technology. So far, that hasn't made its way into a commercial device yet, but it has sparked a lot of rumors that it's the next big thing.
Huawei was added to the list of possible enablers for this technology, with a leaker on Weibo suggesting it would be in May 2020. But the disclosure of a few patents related to this technology adds to the rumors that Huawei is taking it seriously.
The patents were discovered by LetsGoDigital and provide images of two phones. These have a completely clear display, free of edges or notches. They have an extreme waterfall view and the two phones presented differ only when it comes to the layout of the rear cameras.
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You could easily speculate that they are showing the Huawei P50 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro, based on the layout of the designs.
The important thing to note is that these are design patents only: the hardware is not mentioned, or any discussion of the cameras in the patents themselves, so there is some level of speculation here.
Huawei has certainly pushed the technology hard in recent years and has an aggressive outlook on moving its phones forward. Rumors also suggest Nokia is looking at under-display cameras for the Nokia 9.3 PureView launching later in 2020. That could also mean that it is the Huawei Mate 40 Pro where we get a first glimpse of this technology: we would see the Mate 40 series launch around September 2020.
Written by Chris Hall.