ZTE’s latest patent envisages phones with in-display earpiece

If you think we have seen it all from manufacturers in their quest for creating a truly bezel-less smartphone, then you might have to have a re-think, as the coming year could bring with it smartphones that are purely all screen when viewed from the front.

And while the like of Huawei and Samsung are in for a fight as to who gets the first smartphone with camera hole in their display, ZTE on itse own is envisaging punching holes in the display as a way of fitting in the earpiece in its future devices. To implement this, ZTE in a recent patent application is looking at the chances of doing away with the upper bezel and the display notch by punching a hole on the display for the earpiece.

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Accompanying images reveal the prototype ZTE phone with a rear fingerprint sensor as well as a dual rear camera. We are not sure how ZTE plans to fit in selfie camera into the prototype device, as that isnt visible here, but there are chances it could be entirely under the display, and not the puncture hole type. Only time can tell how ZTE plans to go about that.

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