In the quest to be a competitive player in the high-end smartphone market, Huawei is seemingly working on its next smartphone with all-screen front panel.
One of the newest industry trends which is catching up really fast is the screen dominant display (by reducing the screen to body ratio). Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8/S8+ is possibly the first in this direction and without a doubt it looks unique and the best designed phone from the South Korean company. Apple is also rumored to adopt a similar design language for its upcoming iPhone 8.
The Chinese phone maker is supposedly the latest one to take this route. A summit held in Shenzhen, the headquarters of Huawei, has solidified the trend being adopted by a number of smartphone manufacturers from China for their future phones.
While there are no specific details being divulged or available about the same, it has been suggested that the company’s next flagship, Honor Note 9, will likely debut with an all-screen design. The aspect ratio could be 18:9 pointing towards a generously large screen. Given that the current Honor Note 8 has a 6.6-inch screen, we would expect the Note 9’s screen to be at least as big, although, the phone itself could be slightly smaller in dimensions. This shall be followed up in the Huawei Mate 10 as well which is lined-up for an even later release. Both smartphones could be powered by the Kirin 970 processor.
While a screen dominant display appears radical both in concept as well as in reality, there are certain design challenges that need to be addressed so that the usability and the practicality of the phone is not compromised. The biggest one probably is the placement of the fingerprint sensor which is now becoming quite a norm.
We have already seen that the Galaxy S8 hasn’t really been successful in placing its biometric sensor in an ergonomically friendly location. While the back side is a primary alternative, but having it right besides the camera makes it a little challenging to use (in Samsung’s case). Huawei surely will have to find a better location, but it does present an opportunity for innovation.
Expected August Launch
It is expected that Huawei will reveal its first all-screen phone in August or somewhere close to it because that’s when the company usually launches its products. There is also no information on the pricing as yet. Keep watching this space for more information.
News source: digi.tech.qq.com