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Huawei patents a phone that may have a real mechanical zoom lens

A diagram from the new Huawei patent. (Source: TigerLeaks)
A diagram from the new Huawei patent. (Source: TigerLeaks)
A new phone design patent attributed to the OEM Huawei shows that it has one truly massive lens in an even larger rectangular housing on its back panel. However, there may be a good reason for this: its schematics show that it may also be capable of DSLR-like zoom. Therefore, this IP may one day represent the company's next image-sensor breakthrough.

Many OEMs have at least intimated that their higher-end phone cameras can rival the output of DSLRs in various respects. However, this kind of marketing can come around to bite them again, especially if it turns out photos allegedly taken with the mobile devices in question were in fact from these dedicated cameras instead. Then again, Huawei may be in a better position to make such claims again in the future.

There is evidence of this in a new patent granted to the OEM by the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). It shows a phone with a camera hump reminiscent of that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, containing components that could have come from the new Vivo X50 series. However, in this case, the IP's most outstanding feature may make more sense of the look achieved than usual.

The single, enlarged lens here is depicted as capable of extension and retraction, just like a real DSLR with a stock lens. Therefore, it appears its inventor has supplanted innovations like the periscope lens with this new mechanical contrivance.

Accordingly, this potential future Huawei phone may stand to gain the same kind of acclaim as the Nokia Lumia 1020 on its launch. Then again, the simple existence of the patent is no guarantee it will be committed to production any time soon.

Some of Huawei's schematics show how this patent might look as a real-world phone... (Source: EUIPO DesignView)
Some of Huawei's schematics show how this patent might look as a real-world phone... (Source: EUIPO DesignView)
...whereas others show how it looks "in action". (Source: EUIPO DesignView)
...whereas others show how it looks "in action". (Source: EUIPO DesignView)
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2020-07- 4 (Update: 2020-07- 7)
Deirdre O'Donnell
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.