Patent documents suggest Huawei is developing hidden front cameras

Huawei’s Mate 40 Series is also expected to go on sale later this year, following the launch of the P40 Pro earlier this year. At the same time, the company appears to be developing a borderless, full-screen smartphone. The patented images, shared by Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital, show that the new machine has a large surface on both sides of its screen and may have a hidden front-facing camera design.

Patent documents suggest Huawei is developing hidden front cameras

(From LetsGoDigital)

Huawei is understood to have filed two patent applications with the State Intellectual Property Office on October 28, 2019, but it was not announced until June 2, 2020.

Each patent application document contains 7 images of the unreleased Huawei smartphone, mainly in the layout of the rear camera.

The shape is futuristic, with a longer screen on either side than the waterfall screen used in the Mate 30 Series.

Patent documents suggest Huawei is developing hidden front cameras

(Photo via LetsGoDigital)

The side of the body does not see the solid button, the bottom is USB-C port, the power key is moved to the top, the volume key should also follow the virtual sidebar scheme.

The front front camera is completely invisible and there does not appear to be a pop-up mechanism on the top, meaning it may swap the underscreen hidden front-facing design.

A few vendors have demonstrated this concept design, such as OPPO and Xiaomi, and are not expected to be commercially available until at least the end of this year or early next year.

Patent documents suggest Huawei is developing hidden front cameras

(Photo via LetsGoDigital)

In hindsight, the first document depicts three camera sets arranged vertically in the upper left corner, but the bottom sensor has a rectangular design, meaning it may support a potentialhigh optical zoom function, while the flash is located between the second and third cameras.

The second document depicts a ring-shaped four-camera group similar to the Mate 30 (Pro) series, so we have no doubt about the authenticity of this model. As to what the truth is, it remains to be seen.