Teaser reveals that Huawei will unveil an all-screen phone next week

Teaser reveals that Huawei will unveil an all-screen phone next week
Is Huawei about to unveil an all-screen smartphone? A tweet from a gentleman named Jeb Su (via BGR) contains a teaser from Huawei showing an illustration of such a phone. The image says that the beleaguered Chinese manufacturer will announce such a device on October 17th in France. Su says that the phone will feature an in-display selfie camera and fingerprint scanner. He happens to be VP of Advanced Technologies, Principal Analyst and Technology Futurist at Atherton Research. The firm is a global technology research firm.

If such a phone is unveiled by Huawei this month, it isn't clear when such a device would be released. The company unveiled the Mate 30 series last month and the foldable Mate X could be released this month. Besides the backlog, the technology used to produce an in-display camera is in its infancy. This could push back the release of Huawei's all-screen phone to sometime in late 2020 or even 2021. Huawei could remain on the U.S. Commerce Department's Entity List when this phone is released; that would prevent it from accessing its U.S. supply chain and force the company to repeat how it handled the lack of the Google Play Services version of Android on the Mate 30 family. The latter runs on the AOSP open-source version of Android with Huawei's App Gallery used for app distribution. That could limit the appeal of such a device outside of China. As a result, it might behoove Huawei to show off the device now but hold off on an actual release to stall for time and hope that the Trump administration removes it from the Entity List. Some believe that the U.S. intends to use Huawei as a bargaining chip in an attempt to get better terms out of China in any new trade agreement between the two countries.

The all-screen Huawei phone could be powered by the Kirin 990 or Kirin 1000 SoC


Back in June, Oppo sent out a tweet with a video embedded showing a prototype phone with an in-display selfie camera. That same month, Xiaomi also embedded a tweet with video of a prototype with an in-display camera. As for the fingerprint scanner, in-display biometric readers are old hat by now. Keeping a front-facing camera from getting in the way of an all-screen design has led other manufacturers to develop pop-up cameras, wedges, rotating cameras and other methods to keep the screen from being blocked by a notch, or marred by a punch-hole camera.


The all-screen phone will be powered by a Kirin chip, most likely the same Kirin 990 SoC that is found inside both the Mate 30 family and the Mate X. If the phone is not scheduled for a release until the second half of next year or later, it just might have the Kirin 1000 SoC under the hood. This would be Huawei's first 5nm chipset and is expected to debut on next year's Mate 40 line. Designed by the company's HiSilicon unit, the chip would be manufactured by TSMC and using the 5nm process, it would have more transistors inside than the 10.3 billion found inside the 5G version of the Kirin 990.

The lower the process number, the more transistors fit inside a chip making it more powerful and energy-efficient. Chips produced using the 5nm process will have as many as 171.3 million transistors per square millimeter. While Richard Yu, the chairman of Huawei's consumer group, said that the company went with the less powerful ARM Cortex-A76 CPU core for the Kirin 990 to save battery life, he adds that the more powerful Cortex-A77 CPU core will be employed on the Kirin 1000. Although ARM says that the latter offers a 20% performance boost over the A76 with no extra draw on the battery, Yu said that Huawei's own testing contradicts ARM's claim.

While U.S. consumers must feel like they are missing out on the innovations they are seeing from Chinese smartphone manufacturers, OnePlus still has at least one U.S. carrier partner and Oppo said earlier this year that it does have plans to invade the U.S. handset market once it feels settled in on the European continent.

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14 Comments

1. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm here for it! Huawei has been making the most innovative smartphones out today, starting with the Mate 10 Pro on up, IMO. Gotta say, I applaud Huawei for marching on and creating great smartphones despite the tomfoolery and BS political propaganda they are caught in the middle of, all while there is no proof to back up the allegations made against them. Looking forward to learning more about this.

2. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But you gotta admit, they took a step back with the Mate 30 Pro. Imo, the Mate 20 Pro is still their best phone to date, the camera is better than the P30 Pro and Mate 30 Pro, the screen is also sharper, while having almost the same battery life and same charging speed. I was expecting much more from the Mate 30 Pro, but it's quite the disappointment, especially with it's choppy video recording that we were promised it was going to be groundbreaking.

3. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

The only thing I don't like about the Mate 30 Pro is the lack of a B&W sensor because Huawei has stuck with with that all color configuration. As far as video recording goes, I find it does it better than almost any other smartphone out right now from what I've seen, with the exception of the iPhone. Apple does video recording better than anyone on their iPhones, if I'm being honest. Huawei did take a step back with the screen sharpness from Mate 20 Pro to the Mate 30 Pro. I am looking to upgrade from my Mate 20 Pro to the Mate 30 Pro, but dam, the Mate 20 Pro is a phenomenal smartphone.

5. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The Mate 30 Pro is terrible at video recording, it starts falling apart 40 seconds after recording in 4k 60fps, the video becomes so choppy. 2 updates already, and they can't find a fix for it. Plus at night, the videos stutter when walking.https://youtu.be/2Wk5ncctXXc Check at the 15:40 mark. And also, check his newest videos about it, as I mentioned, Huawei still hasn't find a fix for it. Color science is also a major problem, especially when it comes to skin tones, just like the P30 Pro, they're way off.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Recording at 4K on the Mate 30 Pro could be muuuuuuch better. Huawei needs a fix for that asap. Recording below 4K is fine. https://youtu.be/vyVK-MeoEZc

8. maherk

Posts: 6939; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I honestly don't think he even owns the device. A channel that uses a robot's voice, that doesn't show they have the device, and only does one or two videos about an X device, is most likely a fake channel. There are tons of these channels that have popped up recently, they'll have videos of phones that were just released before the whole tech community, and they always never show the phone itself, only pictures and videos they allegedly took from these devices.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

During the video he used his actual voice. The robot voice was only used during the opening of the video. Whether he owns it or just had a review unit is not for me to say, but he did mention in the comments that he was using a device that belonged to a friend.

7. meanestgenius

Posts: 22213; Member since: May 28, 2014

Here’s another video featuring video recording on the Mate 30 Pro.

11. Techno4

Posts: 9; Member since: Jul 31, 2019

The mate 30 pro has a better camera than the mate 20 pro every tech site that reviewed the phone said so and independent reviews. Everyone just isn't running the firmware that dxomark has when they did their camera test after all they scored one less point that the note 10+ in video, also same way apple is pushing deep fusion with an update huawei is also pushing night mode video recording with an update.

4. S4NDY

Posts: 254; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Just Nova 5T France launch, nothing new.

9. ECPirate37

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 14, 2011

I love my Mate 20 Pro, but is the 30 Pro really a step back? From everything I read the photos are so much better (and my mate 20 Pro is already phenomenal. And I loved what the p30 Pro did. Is it just the video that people think is a step back, or am I missing something? (And I don't care about google apps, play store, or anything else. Just the hardware side)

10. tokuzumi

Posts: 1925; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I'm no longer a fan of curved edge screens after having a Galaxy S9 for 18 months. It's a great phone, but too many false touches. Sure you can mitigate this by moving apps away from the edge, but I shouldn't have to be restricted where I want to put an app. Aesthetically, it looks great. But in reality, the functionality isn't worth the design limitations.

13. Vogue1985

Posts: 476; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

No wonder trump didnt want them coming,first to have all 5g frequencies line,not one like everybody else,the mate 30 killed it and now this.

14. Loveneesh

Posts: 442; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

I think it's honor v30.

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