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Huawei and Honor aren't learning from their outdated webcam mistakes

Huawei and Honor aren't learning from their webcam mistakes
Huawei and Honor aren't learning from their webcam mistakes
With shelter-in-place guidelines and Zoom meetings becoming increasingly common, the flaws of laptop webcams are jumping to the forefront. Huawei hasn't gotten the memo about "nosecams" and the last thing we want is for users on the other end to stare at our nostrils and double chins.
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Back in 2018, Huawei introduced the 13.9-inch MateBook X Pro with a unique webcam that pops up from the keyboard. Though it was neat from a conceptual point of view, the camera angle was not optimal. We suspect that Huawei didn't want to put the webcam above the screen in order to minimize the bezels around the display as much as possible.

Now that it's 2020, webcams below the display have been falling out of flavor for everyone except Huawei and Honor. The latest MateBook X Pro and upcoming MagicBook Pro, for example, employ the same keyboard pop-up cameras that we loathed two years ago. There's no reason why the manufacturers couldn't address this problem in the two years since the original MateBook X Pro reveal.

The Chinese OEM could have followed on the footsteps of Dell in regards to the webcam. Older XPS laptops would employ webcams that were below the display which were subsequently ridiculed by users as the "nosecam". Dell fixed this issue a couple of years later by working with webcam developers for an ultra-narrow webcam module that can fit along the top edge of the screen again without increasing the thickness of the bezel.

Maybe the pop-up keyboard camera made sense back in 2018, but competing OEMs like Dell and HP are proving that laptops don't need to compromise webcam positioning anymore for super-narrow bezels. The MateBook X Pro and upcoming MagicBook Pro already look outdated from this point of view.

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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.
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Allen Ngo, 2020-06-16 (Update: 2020-06-16)