While most smartphones have embraced the 2018 chopping box, we could enter a new phase with Huawei who wants to create a new design for their smartphones. Huawei has registered a new patent at the USPTO who sees a new design using a clipboard on the display.
The content was introduced on smartphones to allow OEMs to expand the screen and reduce the cutting edge but still needed somewhere to put the forward-facing sensors and camera. The preferred design was to simply cut out some of the display to accommodate these sensors. While it works, the note is not exactly for everyone's taste and therefore the score was introduced, while challenging one another introduced another. Huawei has filed a patent that shows a horizontal cutout in the earpiece display, which is one of the components usually found in the slit.
The image below shows the patent design that was released September 2, back in 2016 and published on November 6, 2018. The device depicted has the very smallest interior and a clipboard in the display to accommodate an earpiece but interesting there is no sign of a front-facing camera. The device depicted is simply a made and the patent's subject is the cut-out cutouts, but it leaves a very large unanswered question of where the camera would be placed with this design.
We could see a design very similar to OPPO Find X, where a slider mechanism is used to reveal the front camera, but the device does not seem to have any extra thickness that would suggest a launch camera. Huawei may have integrated the camera during display, which is not entirely out of the question.
On the back of the device, it appears that a dual camera set and what could be either a centrally located fingerprint sensor or a third camera, as the device may have a fingerprint sensor on the display.
Is this the next Huawei device?
For other device details, it seems to have a 3.5mm headphone jack on top of the device and a USB Type C charging cable. The patent application obviously focuses on displaying specific details relevant to the patent, so Huawei is likely to omit completely different details from the image. It may also be that this clip-on implementation may have been a design method that was once considered and since then evolved beyond the earpiece to include a camera and all other associated sensors.
Another simple analogy is that the patent describes a technique that we will never see in a final device as many other patent ideas have been considered and never executed before.
One thing is certain that 2018 was the year that saw the booklet widely taken by smartphone manufacturers, in 2019 it will be the year we see OEM's innovative beyond the tick for truly built-in devices. It may involve sliding mechanisms to expose the camera, which may mean screen shards to accommodate different forward-looking elements – only time will tell.
If this turns out to be the next Huawei device, let us know your thoughts in the comments below. Do you want a notch on the display to hold the forward-facing sensors and the camera or a cut in the display as suggested by the patent?