Huawei patents a D-pad-shaped rear camera in a new phone design

Huawei's "Plus-cam" phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei's "Plus-cam" phone. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
Huawei has patented a design for a smartphone that seems to have an under-display selfie camera. However, its other side has an interesting feature: quad sensors in a plus-sign-shaped module. Furthermore, one of the lenses is square, suggesting that it can accommodate cameras for periscope zoom photography.
Deirdre O'Donnell,

Huawei has submitted a claim for what looks like an under-display selfie camera phone to the patents office CNIPA. This documented, filed in October 2019 and published in September 2020, is nothing hugely unusual in itself: the OEM has reportedly done the same before. However, those devices appeared to be variants of the pre-existing Pxx and Mate flagship series, whereas this newer one looks considerably less like either.

It has a rear camer module in the shape of a + symbol or a directional pad, which, compared to the typical lozenges, squares or circles of today, is much more novel. Huawei may have done this in a new attempt to unify different lens shapes in the same quad-sensor arrangement.

This possibility is reinforced by diagrams showing that one of them is square whereas the other 3 are round. This is usually indicative of a high-powered zoom lens that requires an innovative periscope array sitting at right angles to the rear panel within the phone.

As to the other side of the phone as depicted, it has an uninterrupted display with minimal bezels that are more or less constant on all sides. To date, it is not clear if this new design is intended for premium models, or perhaps, for the upper-mid-tier Huawei smartphones of the immediate future. In either case, it may be a further hint that the punch-hole's days are numbered already.

Some renders based on the new patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
Some renders based on the new patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)


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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-09-23 (Update: 2020-09-24)
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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.