Multiple companies including Huawei are rumoured to be planning to incorporate under-display camera technology on their smartphones in the future. Huawei was speculated to introduce such a handset in October, but it wasn’t announced. However, we can expect the brand to a product with this tech in the coming months. The company hasn’t yet showcased the design or even confirmed the existence of an under-display camera phone. However, a newly discovered smartphone from the brand in the database of EUIPO could be the first such offering from the phone maker.
Huawei filed the patent for a smartphone with the European Union Intellectual Property Office in July this year, which was registered and fully published recently. The photos of the device in the database of EUIPO suggest that it doesn’t have a notch or a hole in the screen to house a selfie camera. Also, there doesn’t seem to be a pop-up selfie camera module on the device. While this is only speculation at the moment, this could be the first smartphone from the Chinese tech giant with an under-display camera.
Design-wise, the phone in the new Huawei patent looks very similar to the Honor 20 smartphone. The handset has a similar-looking camera module at the rear, which could either have three or four cameras. Just the Honor 20, the device in the patent filing seems to have a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a single speaker and USB Type-C port at the bottom. On the front, you have nothing but the display on the device.
As of now, it is not clear when exactly Huawei is planning to launch a phone with an under-display camera. However, we can expect an announcement by the end of this year or in early 2020.