Huawei P11 rumors: Bezel-less design with Apple iPhone X-like notch in the works

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It’s only a couple months or so before the Huawei P11 and possibly the Huawei P11 Plus become official, succeeding the highly successful P10 and P10 Plus that were announced in February 2017.

Looking at Huawei has been doing lately, be it in the low-end or high-end market, we expect to a drastic departure from the traditional design used on the Huawei P10, but from the latest reports, it appears that the Chinese OEM has even much bigger plans than we expected.

While it was a no-brainer that the Huawei P11 will debut with a bezel-less design similar to the Mate 10 family, no one saw this one coming. According to a discovery made by folks at XDA Developers, the P11 will come with a true bezel-less design like what we see on the likes of Apple iPhone X and Essential Phone. In fact, the report says that the P11 will come with a notch-like design similar to the iPhone X.

Found through hidden images and configuration files discovered in Huawei’s new firmware file, it has been determined that the Huawei P11 and probably P11 Plus will ship with a FullView display, which is what the company calls its 18:9 display panels. In their digging, XDA Developers found an image file known as RoundCornerDisplay and showing off the notch on the top of the screen, albeit a little smaller than what the iPhone X has, but bigger than the Essential Phone. It gets even interesting as they also found a file with a “notch” reference in it alongside values for the start and end points of the notch on the display.

Huawei P11

While this discovery doesn’t mean Huawei is set to unveil a new, say, Huawei P11 with a notch-style design, it for sure suggests that the company is testing a device with this design to see how things work. Apart from the mentioning of the notch, the leaked details also reveal the alleged Huawei P11 will ship with a massive 6.01-inch display screen made by Samsung, probably OLED, with a full HD+ (2244 x 1080 pixels) resolution.

The phone, codenamed EMILY, has the same resolution as the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, which also ships with an 18:9 aspect ratio and FullView display screen, but it doesn’t have a notch. Not so long ago, reports emerged suggesting that the Huawei P11 could feature a massive 40MP triple lens on the back and a 24MP sensor for selfies, Kirin 970 processor, Android Oreo and EMUI 8.0.1 skin on top.

Speaking of Oreo, Huawei is already rolling out OTA updates to the likes of Mate 9, Honor 9 and Honor V9 in China, with the rest of the markets expected to join the party sooner than later. It’s a surprise to see the Chinese OEM topping the list of non-Google device makers with respect to rolling out Android OS upgrades. At some point, it was considered the worst, but this has changed over a relatively short period of time. Expect the speed of updates to get even better with Android Oreo’s Project Treble.


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