Huawei deviated from the norm when it released the P20 Pro with three rear camera sensor early last year. The P20 Pros camera setup stood tall on DXOMark benchmark as the best phone camera setup, with the Galaxy Note 9, iPhone Xs and others failing to topple it. The feat was repeated on the Mate 20 Pro which also packs three camera sensors at the back. Now, it seems the company is about taking things to a higher level. The hint about this comes in form of a Huawei patent application for a smartphone case filed to the China National Intellectual Property Administration.
The smartphone case suggests that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro will have a penta-camera setup. The case bears a larger cutout at the upper half of the case which is markedly larger than that of the Mate 20 Pro. Recall that the Mate 20 Pro packs three rear cameras and an LED flash. The larger cutout of the smartphone case only suggests that the Mate 30 Pro will have 5 sensors at the rear with an LED flash. However, we are not certain if the patented case is for the Mate 30 Pro but it is definitely for one of Huawei’s 2019 flagship. Perhaps, we could see it as early as on the P30 Pro.
Other details of the upcoming device that can be scooped from the Smartphone case patent include the absence of a rear fingerprint sensor. This suggests the device will likely feature an under-display fingerprint sensor. The device also has the power button and volume rockers located on the right side. At the bottom of the handset is the USB Type-C port, as well as the grills for the bottom-firing loudspeaker. If this turns out to be true, the Mate 30 Pro will join the Nokia 9 which also expected to feature a penta-camera setup.