Huawei's looking into display holes too, new patent reveals

Huawei's looking into display holes too, new patent reveals
There’s no denying 2018 has been the year of display notches but, moving into 2019, it appears the next trend may be display cut-outs. And just days after Samsung announced its new Infinity-O panel, Huawei has been granted a patent which is related to a similar concept.

For those unaware, Samsung’s new display makes use of a circular cut-out in the top-left corner that will be used for the front-facing camera. However, when it comes to Huawei’s concept, this circular hole is swapped out for one that is shaped just like an in-ear speaker. Presumably, this would then be used to house the earpiece and any other sensors that may be necessary up front. One thing that does remain unclear, though, is the placement of the selfie camera. After all, the cut-out depicted doesn’t appear big enough for the sensor.

As Huawei hasn’t yet confirmed plans to implement this kind of design, there’s no guarantee that it will do so. But with Samsung’s Galaxy S10 expected to adopt the new Infinity-O display, there’s a very high chance Huawei will adopt a similar design with its upcoming P30 series which is expected to be announced in March.

Considering the Mate 20 devices all use triple-camera setups, it’s highly likely that Huawei’s P30 series will follow suit. The flagships will also be powered by the Kirin 980 and should arrive with 128GB of internal storage. Aside from this, though, not much is know about the smartphones.

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17 Comments

1. GreenMan

Posts: 2697; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

I wonder when manufacturers will come back to their senses and start making normal phones for normal people? Do we really need those notched and holed monstrosities? My iPhone 7 has HUGE bezels, and yet, that fact doesn't bother me as much as those awful notches. Actually, the bezels don't bother me AT ALL. Oh well, G'Day!

2. j_grouchy

Posts: 177; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Agreed. The latest thing people seem to freak out over is the "chin". Why is this really a problem? Because people want to find things to complain about.

7. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

They only complain when it's a brand they dont even buy. This is what is so stupid, especially a bit one particular group of fans. They attack everything OEMs like Samsung do, that are different from their own. Yet at the same time, complain is an OEM copies what they do. These fools are never happy. Yet their own. Rand does lame things and keep rasing the price, but they never have a thing negative to say. Just ignore them. Because the fact is, we can't control what these companies do. And unlike those fans, the rest of us have a choice of what we get to buy. If Samsung does something we dont like, we can move elsewhere. THEY CANT. That one thing is why Windows and Android are the best options because choice matter.

3. rvshum13

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 14, 2018

this is so true, other phones cannot even do basic function as phones just for the aesthetics. but i do not agree with the iphone 7 which has way lot of bezels. I hope they will make a normal phone that doesnt go with this stupid notch trend. how are you even gonna hold your phone with so much screen and no durability at all IMO My s9+ has the best bezel of all, good to hold and with nice screen body ratio.

5. TechGirl90 unregistered

I agree. Granted, there's nothing wrong with thinking outside the box, but, practicality has to be in mind while thinking outside the box, and sadly, that's one of the key factors that has been lacking this year. This patent from Huawei looks interesting no doubt, but, I see this as no different from the notch, I'll explain why; the notch takes up user real estate specifically when watching videos full view(e: iPhone X), that speakerhole will be obstructive when consuming media, and in some cases, when reading or playing a game, whatever your activity is. Again, nothing against Huawei or quirky ideas from any of the OEMs, just have practicality in mind with your outside thinking. :)

8. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

There were kdoot who complained a out big screens, are they complaining nkw? Their OEM has a 6.1" display and they are loving it They only complained because thatbis exactly what they wanted and they weren't getting it. Now that they have it, they complain about what other things they dont have. They complain about no one needing 1440p. That's because they wished they had it, considering they are paying more not roo. Because unlike Android fans who wont buy a ohone they dont like and have a choice to buy a other, they are stuck with what they get. I think Samsung cant hide a hole under the display, and have it be revealed when needed on top tier phones. So let's just wait before we assumed. Because a small hole yes would be an obstruction, but it's way different then a stupid notch. They are not the same. Think if it this way. Sitting in a theater and someone tall sits in front of you, or a person is tall and has a big hat on too.

11. TechGirl90 unregistered

"They are not the same. Think if it this way. Sitting in a theater and someone tall sits in front of you, or a person is tall and has a big hat on too." The thing with the theater example is; there's a solution to that problem, 9 times out of 10, you can move up a row to avoid that issue with tall folks with a big hat on. With a speakerhole with the display, that's not an option, now, I'm almost certain that Huawei will add a "hide" feature to that, but then, you'll end up with bezels that some folks on here like to complain about, despite it serving a good purpose. It may not bleed into the top bezels like a notch, but, it's the same when it comes to being obstructive, although not as pronounced as a notch, but still noticable to be a problem.

6. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

If you love the old style of phones so much, go on eBay and buy up as many of them as you can.. After all they will still work for many years to come, if you get ones made by Samsung foe sure. Phones are changing doe the future. Either get with the program, or get out. Complaining about something tou can't control is just dumb. You dont have to but any of the latest models.

10. Vogue1985

Posts: 466; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Good for you and your Huge bezel. Aka Smaller and Cheaper Screen for More money. Makes sense, I am sure Apple will have something you the iPhone XB for people who want a small screen on a Hugh phone for Premium dollar. Good for you. Gday

13. Elvis358

Posts: 229; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

100% agreed GreenMan.

4. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Looks like 2019 will be the year of holes. Nice.

9. Vogue1985

Posts: 466; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Huawei's not giving anyone a break. Bring it lol.

12. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Yeah I'm sticking with my thicc fat xz premium bezels... These holes ain't loyal.

14. Brewski

Posts: 697; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I just feel sorry for all those screenshots with a notch/hole/cutout. I use screen shots all the time and that would annoy the crap out of me...

15. KingSam

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

They won't show in screenshot just like notches don't. Black space as if ui was there.

16. S4NDY

Posts: 246; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

keep in mind that this is just a patent and may never come to any phone really.

17. JMartin22

Posts: 2371; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

The one jarring thing these cutouts can lead to, is obstruction of content. It has the potential to be even more bothersome than a notch.

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