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Huawei may have patented a triple flip-camera phone

Huawei's new alleged flip-phone patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei's new alleged flip-phone patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Earlier, a patent apparently filed by Huawei showed a phone with a flip-camera module along the lines of the Asus ZenFone 6. Now, a new document along the same lines has been found. This one, like the Samsung Galaxy A80, has triple cameras that can serve either side of the device.

Huawei has recently become linked to a patent reminiscent of an Asus design for a smartphone with a motorized module that allows its main cameras to flip upward over the screen for selfies. Now, for its next ZenFone 6 impression, the Chinese OEM may have added a third camera to the flip-up module.

This document, should it prove valid, suggests that Huawei has also taken one of the most novel Samsung Galaxy A80 attributes into account while designing it. This phone's triple camera can also flip around to face the user at need, although it uses a different mechanism compared to the one in the new alleged Huawei patent.

Besides its flip-up camera, the new patent shows a more or less conventional smartphone, albeit one with an edge-to-edge screen. It also has dual speaker grilles at the bottom edge, which flank a USB type C port (and no others, unfortunately).

As with other candidate patents of this kind, there is no guarantee that it will ever be converted into a real-life patent; it may be that Huawei is simply covering its intellectual-property bases in case the flip-phone form-factor kicks off to the extent that it needs to compete with one of its own.

The new "Huawei flip phone" patent's diagrams. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
The new "Huawei flip phone" patent's diagrams. (Source: LetsGoDigital)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-12-22 (Update: 2019-12-22)