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Huawei’s Newest Flagship Features Hole Punch Design and Insane Camera

by Brandon Russell | December 17, 2018December 17, 2018 2:30 pm EST

Samsung’s new Galaxy A8s may be the beginning of an all new trend, one where devices adopt a hole punch design over the notch.

Not long after Samsung introduced the A8s, Huawei has unveiled the Nova 4, a smartphone that ditches the notch for a hole punch design. You can see the front-facing camera in the top left corner, rather than in the middle where the camera is traditionally situated.

Some of the Nova 4’s specs include a 6.4-inch display (2310 x 1080), 8GB of RAM, 970 Kirin processor, 128GB of storage, USB-C, and a 3,750mAh battery. The device also features a triple-camera setup, headlined by a 48MP main shooter. There’s also a 25MP camera on the front.

I’m more interested in whether or not devices like the A8s and Nova 4 signal a new trend to come in 2019.

This past year has been all about the notch, something most customers actively despise. The hole punch design still isn’t the bezel-less future we want—look at the Nova 4’s chin—but it’s an interesting alternative.

For what it’s worth, in a quick poll we did on Twitter, most people seemed to prefer the OnePlus 6T’s teardrop notch to the hole punch design.



Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell likes to rollerblade while listening to ACDC.