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Huawei Continues 'Hole-Punch' Smartphone Trend With New Nova 4

Chinese smartphone maker Huawei today introduced the Nova 4, featuring what has become known as a "hole-punch" display.

The "hole-punch" design refers to the tiny hole for the 25-megapixel front camera, rather than the controversial notch, allowing for a nearly edge to edge display. Of course, this means the Nova 4 lacks the necessary sensors for 3D facial recognition and instead relies on a fingerprint scanner for authentication.

The display still has a thicker bottom bezel, known as a "chin," so this still isn't a completely full-screen design.

As noted by The Verge, the Nova 4 follows in the footsteps of Huawei's View 20 and Samsung's new Galaxy A8s as the latest smartphone with a "hole-punch" display. The Nova 4 also has a triple-lens rear camera setup, including a main 48-megapixel lens, a trend that some 2019 iPhones are expected to follow.

Galaxy A8s

There's a slim chance that Apple ever adopts the "hole-punch" design for iPhones due to the TrueDepth system for Face ID, unless it invents new ways to integrate all of the various sensors under the display. The more likely possibility is that the notch is here to stay for now, but gets slimmed down over time.

The Nova 4 is currently limited to China, priced around the equivalent of $490. Huawei will likely expand availability to select other regions soon, although its devices aren't available through any major carriers in the United States.

Tag: Huawei

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12 months ago
This seems like the worst of both worlds; it's asymmetrical vertically and horizontally without the hardware to make 3D face scanning a security feature to rival Face ID.

And then there's the fact that it still has a chin.

But, look, if you're an iPhone owner hoping for a similar effect, I've got a DIY solution:

Rating: 38 Votes
12 months ago
Definite improvement over the notch design.
Rating: 35 Votes
12 months ago

Definite improvement over the notch design.

I will assume this is sarcasm.
Rating: 29 Votes
12 months ago
Or maybe just have a small bezel on the edge to hold all the camera gear. When did this become such a bad idea? Until the notch we were all fine with it.
Rating: 17 Votes
12 months ago

As a notch-lover, it must drive you crazy that you could have achieved the same effect with a piece of black tape on earlier iPhones - years ago

Didn't realise that sticking on a piece of black tape would enable 3D face recognition or suddenly make the rest of the display edge-to-edge.

Maybe I'm doing it wrong. [USER=256215]@AngerDanger[/USER], could you help me out with a GIF outlining how to follow Bacillus' steps? I'm really struggling.
Rating: 15 Votes
12 months ago

Definite improvement over the notch design.

But is it? That screen corner is totally useless for displaying anything, and unlike a notch it isn't symmetrical. Apple's notch is probably a bit big, but I prefer it to this. The OnePlus 6T notch looks far better than this hole punch fad, in my opinion.

Soon phone makers will start touting 'revolutionary smart sensor bars' at the top of phones, and we'll just be back where we started...
Rating: 10 Votes
12 months ago

Definite improvement over the notch design.

Aesthetically, possibly - there's still a chin. But that's down to the eye of the beholder.

Functionally? Absolutely not. The notch needs to be the size it is to house the Face ID components. Without that, it's form over function (which ironically people accuse Apple of).
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago

Seems like a sacrifice just to hide a selfie camera.

I'd way more prefer the notch to this. Why wouldn't they just put the camera in the bottom where they already have a bezel? Or move the bezel area to the top.
Rating: 8 Votes
12 months ago
Not gonna lie, I think that front camera / front of the phone design is straight FIRE! Though I'd prefer chin up top rather than down low.

I personally like the color gradient on the back too (at least in marketing photo)

Makes me wonder what 2019 iPhones will look like, I'm assuming just a slimmed down faceID (horizontally and vertically)

The competition is beating apple at their own game: design
Rating: 7 Votes
12 months ago

Definite improvement over the notch design.

I completely disagree. The camera pulls your eye away from what you want to be looking at. The empty chin also makes it look like they forgot to centre the screen or something. I'm not a notch fan but this design is definitely worse.
Rating: 6 Votes

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