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Future Huawei phones could have under-display selfie cameras and no physical buttons

One of Huawei's new phone designs. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
One of Huawei's new phone designs. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei has patented what could be its next-gen mobile-device form-factors. Not only do they have no discernible front-facing cameras, their side-buttons are replaced with what appear to be parts of a flexible display instead. These virtual keys have corresponding cut-outs in the device's frame.
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One of the most striking features of the recent Mate 30 and P40 premium device lines are their 'ultra-curved' displays that push frame technology to the (literal) edges of its ability to stay on a given phone. New patents filed by their maker Huawei suggests that it is not dropping this motif any time soon.

The screens chosen for these flagships are almost ostensibly there to showcase this OEM's facility with a flexible display. Its more recent claims, submitted to the Chinese national intellectual property office CNIPA in November 2019, show 2 potential phone designs in which this kind of engineering is applied to the creation of virtual buttons, accomodated by gaps in the frame.

They occupy the entire side of the phone in some of the patent's schematics, whereas they also extend further in some others, nearly meeting a triple rear camera module on one side. The phones as depicted in these images also appear to lack selfie cameras; however, this leaves scope for the possible next-gen trend of under-display front-facing sensors.

However, the monolithic effect created for the screen in question is disrupted somewhat by the frame's 'jigsaw' appearance. As this patent has only been granted in June 2020, it may be some time before such a phone might ever see the light of day in any case.

The Huawei virtual-button phone designs. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
The Huawei virtual-button phone designs. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 4018 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-06-23 (Update: 2020-06-23)