A smartphone with two punch holes could be on the way

A smartphone with two punch holes could be on the way
Why settle for one punch hole?

The notch is almost a couple of years old now and, in the world of smartphones, that means it’s becoming a dated design feature. Companies such as Samsung have recognized this and late last year introduced the newer punch hole layout. But it seems as though ZTE isn’t content with just one hole.

Although a smartphone with this design may never make it to market, the Chinese company has patented a new layout that involves placing two circular punch holes side by side. One of these will presumably house the front-facing selfie camera while the second could include a wide-angle alternative or a dedicated depth sensor. Alternative, it could be home to the in-ear speaker as there appears to be no sign of one along the edge of the frame.

A smartphone with two punch holes could be on the way
Unsurprisingly, the chosen display is paired with minimal side bezels but a slightly thicker chin. Also, the lack of a fingerprint scanner along the side and rear suggests an in-display solution could potentially be adopted. Regarding the layout on the back of the smartphone, it the standard affair of a vertical dual-camera setup paired with an LED flash.

Considering ZTE has already released its 2019 flagship in the form of the Axon 10 Pro, it’s possible this patented design will be used on an upcoming mid-range offering. In any case, as mentioned above, there’s no guarantee ZTE will ever make use of this design patent.

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5 Comments

1. aegislash

Posts: 1457; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Rumored Pixel 4 design and Galaxy S10+ easily have the worst looking punches. I wouldn’t mind this because at least they’re actually centered.

4. Carlitos

Posts: 650; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Well that's your opinion. A lot of think having the punch hole to the side is less intrusive and looks better.

5. aegislash

Posts: 1457; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Well of course it’s my opinion. Are we not in the comments section where people can express personal opinions?

2. technut

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Until under display cameras become mainstream, I think a pop out cam is the way to go. Absolutely love the Oneplus 7 pro. No more notches or punch holes for me.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 875; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Same, I don’t even use the front camera. It looks so clean with no notches.

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