Following in the footsteps of Samsung and ASUS, the Chinese tech giant Huawei is planning to launch a new smartphone that will come with rotating camera tech. Called P Smart Z 2020, the smartphone will succeed the P Smart Z 2019 that came with a retractable camera.
Huawei has filed two patents for two phones with European Union Intellectual Property Office and World Intellectual Property Office, that indicate the presence of a rotating pop-up camera in the P Smart Z 2020. The patents were discovered by LetsGoDigital.
The patent describes a phone having a motorised single camera module as seen in the P Smart Z 2019, however there is one significant change. Instead of being retractable, it can rotate, meaning it can not only be used as a selfie camera but also doubles up as a rear camera. Apart from this, the smartphone is expected to come with a physical fingerprint scanner and an LED unit towards the back. The phone features a dual-tone design.
For the second phone, Huawei is planning to put in a big motor to accommodate two cameras. And similar to the first phone mentioned above, this can also rotate. The phone would also have a glass back.
The P Smart 2019 came with a 16MP selfie camera and a dual rear camera system at the back consisting of a 16MP + 2MP). The phone is powered by the Kirin 710F SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. We believe, the P Smart Z 2020 will also improve on the specifications.
While the P Smart Z 2019 costs around $310, the P Smart Z 2020 will cost more owing to the inclusion of rotating camera module. However, Huawei might go for an aggressive pricing strategy to stay on top of the competition.
The Huawei P Smart Z 2020 will be announced somewhere in May 2020 in Europe as it has been spotted in the European database.
The real question that comes to mind is that whether the phone will ship with an official version of Android. And while Google has been granted a 90 days license again, its future in regards to ties with Google and US companies is still uncertain.
Last month, Huawei confirmed that the US ban on using Android licence is hurting it badly. And unlike Chinese consumers, Android phone users are accustomed to using popular Google apps, the lack of Google’s official support can undermine sales.