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Dell's XPS 13 9380 webcam makes Huawei's unique pop-up webcam look silly

Huawei's unique pop-up webcam just looks silly now in 2019
Huawei's unique pop-up webcam just looks silly now in 2019
The quirky approach is becoming increasingly unnecessary. Webcam kill switches, webcam sliders, and newer webcam components designed specifically for narrow display bezels as found on the latest laptops offer the same benefits as Huawei's pop-up webcam without impacting camera angle.

When Huawei first unveiled the MateBook X Pro in early 2018 to supplant the original MateBook X, one of its biggest distinguishing features was the narrow display bezels. The webcam, however, had to be repositioned in favor of the very high screen-to-body ratio. Huawei's solution was to put the camera under what would have been a standard F7 key.

The resulting pop-up webcam was a novel approach at the time, but it is becoming an undesirable feature on Huawei's flagship laptops. Namely, the poor webcam angle is arguably worse than Dell's "nose cam" angle on the older XPS 13 9370 series. Other manufacturers have seemingly solved this issue by utilizing newer webcam components designed for narrow bezel displays.

Recent examples are the XPS 13 9380 and the Asus ZenBook S13 UX392 which offer very narrow bezel designs while preserving the traditional position of their webcams. Even the privacy advantage of Huawei's pop-up webcam has been made moot by webcam sliders and "kill switches" as found on newer Lenovo ThinkPad and HP Spectre laptops.

Thus, there is little reason for Huawei to continue incorporating its pop-up webcam on future laptops moving forward. Newer webcam components are able to offer the same narrow bezel and privacy advantages of the pop-up webcam without impacting camera angle as exemplified by some laptops already in the market. The MateBook 13 has moved the webcam back to its original position and we suspect that the upcoming 2019 MateBook X Pro and MateBook 14 will be the last Huawei laptops with the pop-up camera feature.

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MateBook 14 pop-up webcam. Needless to say, the fixed angle will be less than desirable for video conferences
MateBook 14 pop-up webcam. Needless to say, the fixed angle will be less than desirable for video conferences
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Allen Ngo, 2019-05- 4 (Update: 2019-05- 4)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.