Huawei had filed a patent application in 2015 for smartphones equipped with a camera under the screen. This is not the first time that we learn that the brand is working on this technology, but for the time being, no model of smartphone that would be equipped with it has been announced.
Photo sensors under the screen on smartphones date before the pandemic. Already in 2019, Oppo and Xiaomi presented prototypes without a notch. At the start of the year, we were able to take a number of selfies with the first smartphone equipped with this technology, the ZTE Axon 20 5G (spoiler: it was not yet fully developed). According to rumors, the Galaxy Z Fold 3 may not have a bubble either.
A technology at the project stage
We learn today that Huawei has also started to think about a solution that would rid the screen of any distraction. This is not the first time that such a project at Huawei has made a name for itself. This time, the patent application filed with the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) dates from 2015. We see a fairly generic smartphone, if we refer to its photo block and its general design, but which still has a screen with extremely thin borders, which highlights the lack of punch for the camera.
For the rest, there is a flat screen, two buttons on the side, a USB-C port and a 3.5 mm jack input on the top.
Despite several patent applications filed for this technology, no release date for a Huawei smartphone without a notch has been announced. We do not even know if these ideas will one day materialize, because it should be remembered that the existence of a patent is not necessarily synonymous with commercialization.
We also imagine that between the management of the American embargo still in progress to this day and the launch of HarmonyOS, the camera under the screen could well not be a priority.