Huawei says it "can make the chin shorter" on its smartphones, but has chosen not to

Huawei says it
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro's chin

Nowadays, almost every smartphone manufacturer out there claims to have produced a bezel-less device despite the presence of a thicker chin. Two prime examples of this are the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. But in a recent interview, Huawei explained why it hasn’t yet removed the chin from its smartphones.

Speaking to GSMArena recently, Richard Yu, the CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, revealed that the decision to maintain the chin on its most recent flagship devices is down to “accidental touches.”

According to the CEO, Huawei “can make the chin shorter” but has chosen not to because there would be a number of “inadvertent presses” every time a user swipes up from the bottom of the display, thus making the design choice pretty inconvenient. In addition to this, the company believes that reducing the thickness of the chin further would make its phones less “comfortable to use.” It also argued that “some space” beneath the display is necessary so that users can use their devices “more confidently.”

As a direct result of this choice, the world’s second largest smartphone manufacturer is instead focusing on what it believes “is more important” – shrinking the side bezels. Moving forward, Huawei also appears to be increasingly focused on making its notches smaller, even if that means removing features such as 3D facial recognition and autofocus for the front-facing camera.

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22 Comments

1. alanrock

Posts: 312; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

zero chin will lead to what exactly ?

2. joshuaswingle

Posts: 591; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

AcCidEnTaL tOuChEs

19. Mike88

Posts: 401; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Doesn’t happen on iPhone X and XS with no chin,,,

22. Fursan

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2019

That does have a chin but it's symmetrical due to the border around the phone.

3. Awalker

Posts: 1977; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Uncomfortable use.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1365; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

Nice PR talk. In reality they wanted to say "we could reduce the chin if we folded the screen drivers but this is a very expensive solution and we cannot afford it". Actually their reasoning makes sense but I'm sure that if they had the possibility to eliminate the chin, they would. Bezeless sells more than ergonomics. Otherwise we would have kept thumb friendly, thick bezels on top and bottom.

6. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Ohhhh why you lyin!

7. Galen20K

Posts: 576; Member since: Dec 26, 2008

Huawei says a lot of things........ like how they're not a scrupulous shady company(biggest lie ever)). lol

8. CEDEOTB

Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I bet they could also put the camera under the screen but "chose not to"

9. CEDEOTB

Posts: 415; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Could've also went ultrasonic on the fingerprint scanner but "chose not to"

10. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

He makes a good point. Even though most want symmetry and no chin just for looks, it's really pointless cuz the phone naturally rests in the middle of our palm with the thumb at the middle screen area. You're just asking for more thumb gymnastics as the navigation /gesture area keeps getting lower with a reduced chin.

11. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's BS and you know it, if they cared that much about this issue, they wouldn't have gone with 6+ inch displays on the majority of their smartphones. Stop drinking the kool-aid.

12. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

So are ergonomics and ease of use not taken into consideration when OEMs make design decisions? Are u saying accidental/palm touches not an occurrence for certain users with some devices due to minimal bezels? The size of the screen has nothing to do with it cuz we know these devices are 2 handed devices as they are today. My point is the comfort of use for the navigation area when u don't have to stretch any lower than u have to if there was no chin at all. That is true for my uses. I don't know bout yours. Yes we know Apple has a patent that doesn't allow the folding of oled at the end to move components to accomplish true chin-less but how do u know Huawei didn't consider a license with Apple and forgo associated costs with it but just decided not to instead since ultimately it doesn't achieve anything in the big picture? Were u at the board meeting? How da hell do u know what the Huawei representative is saying is BS?

16. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

You still didn't answer my question, if they were this concerned about ergonomics, why are they putting bigger and bigger screens on their smartphones? Apple isn't interested in licensing their folding patent, or else you would have seen bunch of OEMs already getting that license in order to get rid of the chin on their smartphones. And you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know they're lying, they have a history of bragging and making false statements, no one believes that Huawei had the chance to copy Apple's unique thin chin, and they decided not to.

20. monoke

Posts: 1161; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I'll elaborate since u missed it.. Screen size and chin reduction decisions are a moot point. The big phone trend and necessity of 2 hand usage has been popular since the Note was introduced. The decision to go 6" plus was already established and has no bearing on bezel reduction. The bezeless and consequential chin reduction came later after the MI Mix made headlines. Since it's a given phones of today are on the larger side, my contention is the ease of usability in the navigation area as u don't have to reach as low if the chin was completely removed even if it's just a few mm more for certain devices. Apparently you've been to all the major Oem board meetings concerning the feasibility of these matters so what do I know eh.

21. mackan84

Posts: 454; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Since when is it a patent to fold the screen a couple of times and program the software? It’s just expensive and hard that’s all, think about every update.

23. Fursan

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 06, 2019

As if any of that can't be countered by software right!?

13. pogba

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

Typical PR talk. Since when did phone manufactures care more about ergonomics than sales? you're telling me they passed on a 90+ StBR because they care about someone accidentally pressing the display? If they can afford it and it makes them more money or gives them something to brag about over competitors, they would do it regardless of how it affects the consumers.

14. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Firstly of course they can afford it, they are a $100 billion+ company. Secondly why would they purposely degrade the user experience just for looks, that would be pretty stupid. It's not like only Apple can do the tiny chin, the Xiaomi Mi9 has a smaller chin than the XS range but most OEM's are choosing not to do so and thats for the reasons in the article.

15. pogba

Posts: 110; Member since: Jun 13, 2018

By afford I mean incorporating tech and still keeping the price reasonable. They already degraded user experience with the notch. So yeah, it's stupid.

17. maherk

Posts: 6876; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They're like parrots, repeating words without thinking. How do you care so much about accidental touches yet your phone has: 1- A 6.47 inch display? 2- Curved edges with almost no bezels? They know he's lying, but fanboys gotta do what fanboys do best, blindly repeat what your favorite company claims.

18. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Shut up Huawei. That’s BS.

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