Huawei Smart Machine Design New Patent Exposure Touchscreen Extends to Virtual Key Positions on Both Sides

Dutch technology blog LetsGoDigital has just unveiled Huawei’s new patent for a smart machine screen design that extends the screen to the traditional key positions on both sides of the body. It is reported that the company submitted its application to the State Intellectual Property Office in November 2019 and made it public on June 16, 2020. The document contains 14 images showing two concept smartphones with slightly different details.

Huawei Smart Machine Design New Patent Exposure Touchscreen Extends to Virtual Key Positions on Both Sides

(from: LetsGoDigital)

From the front of the fuselage, the machine also appears to have a under-screen hidden front-facing camera design. The positionof the volume/power buttons on both sides traditionally provides an extra small area of virtual touch, and no other physical keys are seen on the machine.

In terms of the concept machine’s style, it clearly follows the design style of Huawei’s high-end P40 series. On top of the flat screen, side virtual touch technology is added to side touch.

Huawei Smart Machine Design New Patent Exposure Touchscreen Extends to Virtual Key Positions on Both Sides

(Picture via LetsGoDigital)

The second design doesn’t make much difference in style, mainly because the side-pack screen (virtual touch button) extends more area to the side. The company will obviously test the pros and cons of comparing the two designs, and then choose the one that is more user-friendly.

In addition, the rear three-shot position in the upper left corner of the body back is provided, but the flash position is not clearly marked. Of course, the machine may also use a dual-camera-flash combination similar to the P Smart 2020, with a common USB-C and speakers/microphone openings at the bottom.