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The Iceberg is back: ZTE patents a dual-notch handset

ZTE dual-notch design patent, ZTE Iceberg concept might become a product someday (Source: Mobiel kopen)
ZTE dual-notch design patent (Source: Mobiel kopen)
The ZTE Iceberg concept that surfaced on the iF World Design Guide might have seemed nothing more but another over-the-top design, but now a patent showing a similar device has been spotted online. Now, it only remains to see if ZTE can still launch a dual-notch phone, since the Chinese company has been sailing some rough waters lately.

If you missed our article about the ZTE Iceberg concept, you only need to think about notches. Those who love the notch will love such a device, because the Iceberg comes with two notches: one sits at the top of the display, and the other is located at its bottom. Now, a design slightly different than the ZTE Iceberg was spotted on the website of the Chinese patent office SIPO by Mobiel kopen.

The patent was published on April 17, 2018, but ZTE submitted the required documents back in September 2017. While the ZTE Iceberg had no Home button, the patent shows a device with a front-facing Home button that probably has an embedded fingerprint reader in it, but the purpose of the bottom notch is not obvious. If you have any idea why would anyone need two notches, feel free to drop a comment about it.

Sadly, we might never see the ZTE Iceberg coming to life as shown in the patent or using the design revealed on the website for the iF World Design Guide, or at least not in the foreseeable future. For now, ZTE is busy trying to survive the sanctions imposed by the United States which managed to strike the Chinese company in two vital areas: they cannot buy Qualcomm Snapdragon processors for use in their devices and Google can no longer allow them to use Android or any other software components they have been providing. 

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-04-26 (Update: 2018-04-26)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.