Remember the Huawei teaser from last Monday with a shooting star in the upper left corner? The company cleared any confusion today, relaunching the same teaser, but with a camera instead of a light dot, revealing this will be the Huawei nova 4, and it will arrive on December 17.
The phone was already spotted in the wild in a pre-production case with its unusual selfie camera in the upper left corner. Given Samsung is yet to announce a launch date for the Galaxy A8s, Huawei looks set to become the first company to introduce a phone with the unusual solution.
Huawei nova 3 arrived in July with a Kirin 970 chipset, while the nova 2s sported a Kirin 960 platform. This leads to the assumption the new device will have the latest SoC – Kirin 980, because if it sticks to the midranger Kirin 710, it might be as powerful as the affordable nova 3i, and that would be an utter disappointment.
Huawei has started teasing an unusual solution to the camera notch problem: a phone with a circular cutout in the display. Apparently, the Huawei Nova 4 (the company’s first phone to feature the hole-punch camera) has already been spotted in person during a live stream for the 18th birthday of Chinese singer Jackson Yee, according to a report from WinFuture.
While there isn’t much information about the Nova 4, there does seem to clearly be a camera cutout in the screen. And honestly, it doesn’t look that bad. Sure, having an omnipresent black dot in the corner of the screen might take some getting used to, but likely no more than a notch would.
Huawei isn’t the only company pursuing a hole-punch camera, either: Samsung confirmed earlier this month that it was working on a similar “Infinity-O”-style display for future Galaxy phones.
In either case, we likely won’t have long to wait for more information on the Nova 4. Huawei has already confirmed to The Verge that it will have more news on December 3rd.