Despite Huawei struggling with its smartphone business due to pressures from US sanctions, the company is apparently still working on innovative smartphone designs that might be seen in the future.
According to a LetsGoDigital report, the Chinese tech giant applied for a new patent for a smartphone that features an under screen selfie camera along with a bezel display. The company filed for the design patent with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration), with the documentation arriving with 7 product sketches and 2 color renders as well. This patent was published earlier today (12th January 2021) and details an interesting device.
Looking at the patent sketches, Huawei managed to house a thin strip display on the top bezel of the screen. The purpose of this tiny screen is to display basic information like the time, network status and signals, and all the other basic details that a conventional status bar houses. Placing all of this essential information on the top offers more screen real estate to be used for the display. In other words, playing media like videos or movies would not have this information disappear and the user can always check the time without pausing or swiping down.
Another interesting detail in the Huawei patent is the lack of a front facing shooter. Furthermore, no pop up camera mechanism can be observed on the top. So, it is highly likely that the company aims to house the selfie shooter under the screen itself. Unfortunately, finer details regarding this device are currently unknown, but the sketches also reveal the large quad camera module on the rear. At the moment, it is unknown if the company is actually working on such a device, so stay tuned for more updates.