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