In November,media reported that Huawei may introduce a rotating camera design for the P Smart 2020 series of smartphones. Now LetsGoDigital, a Dutch technology blogger, has unveiled a new patent for the company, hinting that it is also expected to launch a version with a flip-mounted three-camera. Many manufacturers have tried perforated or pop-up pre-shooting schemes before. However, from Huawei’s newly patented illustrations, this flip three-camera module with LED flash is not difficult to achieve.
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On January 9, 2019, Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. filed a patent for the design of the smart machine with a 180-degree flip camera. It was approved on December 17, 2019 and entered the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Global Design Database.
The patent description contains 12 illustrations showing a full-screen phone that flips the rear camera to the front. But in fact, Samsung has long introduced a similar scheme on the Galaxy A80.
When you compare the designs of the two companies, Huawei clearly chose a lower-cost solution. The lens die set cannot be rotated around the shaft, but is folded directly from the back to the front in a 180-degree attitude.
If Huawei had decided to adopt this design on devices such as the P Smart Pro, it would have saved more sensors and interior space than the pop-up front camera scheme (the lens was reduced from four to three), after all, the Glory 7i had used a similar scheme (only single-camera).
Functionally, the three cameras provide an enhanced selfie experience, especially with a flash. But from the design aesthetic point of view, the lens module bulging this large block, still looks quite thick.