The Samsung Galaxy S10 may be the most high-profile phone to use the ‘hole punch’ screen design, but the South Korean firm won’t have the market all to itself in 2019.
One of its biggest rivals in this new space will be the up-and-coming Huawei, which teased its hole-punch design before news of Samsung’s offer offering was leaked online, or news of the Galaxy A8s hit the web. The Huawei Nova 4 has a hole in the left-hand corner of its screen that houses a 25-megapixel selfie camera which appears to be smaller – and therefore less noticeable – than the one on Samsung’s device.
Powered by the Kirin 970 processor, the Nova 4 is rocking a 6.4-inch 2310 x 1080 display, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a 3,750mAh battery and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. It also comes with 18W fast charging.
It’s expected to retail for 3,399 yuan (around £388), but there’s also going to be a cheaper version which swaps out the phone’s 48-megapixel snapper for a 20-megapixel variant. The Nova 4 will launch in its native China first, before making its way to Europe and India after that.
The Nova 4 shares some DNA with the Honor View 20, which is perhaps unsurprising as Honor is Huawei’s sub-brand. Both phones have a 48-megapixel rear camera in their uppermost hardware configuration, but the View 20 is confirmed to use the newer Kirin 980 chipset, which means it will be faster than the Nova 4.
After a year of seeing plenty of Android phones adopt the ‘notch’ screen, it would seem that the ‘hole-punch’ is going to be 2019’s big trend as far as smartphone displays are concerned. While we’re seeing companies like Xiaomi try something different with phones like the Mi Mix 3, most manufacturers appear to have resigned themselves to the fact that they need some kind of hole on the display if they’re going to include a selfie camera, and the one seen on the Nova 4 looks to be the most discreet example yet. Will it give Huawei the advantage over Samsung? We’ll no doubt find out next year.