ZTE patented a smartphone with punch hole hidden between network icons
ZTE patented a phone with punch hole hidden between network icons

ZTE patented a smartphone with punch hole hidden between network icons

The punch hole design initial surfaced late last year. Coming to be the trend this year, most manufacturers have stuck to notches and pop-up selfie cameras. Most of the phones with a punch-hole display have been from the similar manufacturers that pioneered the design and they are Huawei and Samsung. But, 2020 might actually be the year of the punch hole as extra manufacturers will be adopting the design. ZTE could be among the adopters too but their design is unlike any we have seen.
ZTE patented a phone with punch hole hidden between network icons

ZTE punch hole patent

A patent filed by the company at the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) in April 2019 was published a some days ago. The patent which is for a “display display, camera device, terminal, and panel manufacturing method” describes a phone with a Quite compact punch hole camera.

The dimensions of the hole isn’t the interesting part but wherever it is located. Rather than placing it in the middle of the screen or in the corner as we have seen on the Galaxy Note 10 and Huawei Nova 5i respectively, the punch hole is nestled between the network and battery icons at the top of the panel. You can yet say it is positioned in the corner however it is mixed since the hole is compact and the icons flanking it on each side make it much less noticing.

ZTE punch hole patent render

LetsGoDigital has produced renders based on the patent description to give us an idea of the design but the final device might be mixed.

The punch hole design isn’t the only thing about the patent. The description also mentions the phone will not have a traditional earpiece however will use Sound-on-Display technology. We have seen this tech look on a number of smartphones this sort of as the LG G8 ThinQ and the Galaxy A80. This technology vibrates the panel to transmit sound and will allow for a extra full-screen product.

The Axon 10 Pro is ZTE’s flagship for 2019. It has an cheap value tag that made it a contender for the “flagship killer” title whenever it released, runs near-stock Android on the international variant, has a curved AMOLED screen, triple cameras with optical zoom and support for wireless charging. We anticipate its successor will arrive with much better options and hope it retains its inexpensive value tag.

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