Huawei registers smartphone patent with a screen on the back cover and periscope lens
A new Huawei patent has just been made public by WIPO, the world intellectual property body, showing that between late 2018 and early 2019 the company had the idea of presenting a smartphone with a rear screen, following ideas from other manufacturers Chinese like Meizu, Nubia and Alive.
Discovered by the LetsGoDigital website , we can notice that the exclusive design that has not been used by Huawei until now, with symmetrical edges above and below the screen and reduced notch, creating a small “half moon” at the top of the display, less intrusive than the wide cutouts , drop, oblong (pill-shaped) or circular, but the real attention is on the back cover.
In it, we see a screen that occupies much of the upper half of the smartphone. Its square format reinforces that this is a screen dedicated more to shortcuts like time, notifications and, possibly, it would be possible to use it to capture selfies with quality of the great rear cameras.
The patent also shows the device with three rear cameras offering two traditional circular lenses, possibly one main and one wide-angle and a periscope lens, implemented by Huawei for the first time in the P30 Pro to offer high quality 10x hybrid zoom.
The LetsGoDigital website took advantage of the momentum to present a concept of how the final smartphone design could be. We see the screen with a tiny notch, much smaller than what is seen in the patent and which should be bigger to house the front camera, but the back cover shows more faithfully how the two-tone finish on the glass and the secondary screen could be.
As always, it is worth remembering that patents do not necessarily reflect the launch plans for a particular device. Although the idea looks promising, the project was published by Huawei in late 2018 and approved by WIPO in early 2018. With almost two years and many changes since then, thanks to the US-China trade war, there is no certainty whether Huawei really plan to present the idea someday.
Until now we have seen models being presented with the idea of offering a rear screen: the Meizu Pro 7 , three years ago, was one of the precursors, followed by the Nubia X with a much larger screen, also having the Vivo NEX 2 and the latest from category, the Nubia Z20 launched last year with Snapdragon 855.
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