We often cover news about the smartphone patents, but this time it’s about a smartphone case. Huawei has applied a patent for a smartphone case that has a large camera cut-out in a rectangle design.
First reported by Mobiel Kopen and spotted by LetsGoDigital, the cover is expected to have been developed for the Huawei Mate 30 Pro. It’ll be the successor to Mate 20 pro which was released in 2018 with triple-rear camera setup.
Unlike the Mate 20 Pro cover which has a square design for three cameras and an LED flash, the new cover design is bigger hinting towards a five-camera (Penta-camera) setup at the rear. Five cameras and LED flash seem to be a perfect fit for the design.
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro comes with world’s first 7nm Mobile AI Chipset, an octa-core Kirin 980. It is available in 6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB internal storage options. The storage supports expansion via microSD card.
The triple rear camera has a primary sensor of 40MP, the second sensor of 20MP and an 8MP third sensor.
As usual, nothing is mentioned in the patent about the product for which it has been developed or the reason for a bigger camera cut-out. But if we put the case next to that of the Mate 20 Pro (see below), then it is obvious that it has been designed for a smartphone with more sensors.
A Penta-camera setup on a smartphone is not a rumor anymore. Nokia’s upcoming flagship the Nokia 9 PureView will also hold the five-cameras at the rear. However, it’ll too early to say anything because it is still unclear the purpose of the cut-out in the case.
It is also possible that space is meant for a fingerprint scanner. Let’s wait and see.