Huawei will be launching several P-series smartphones at the March launch event. Yet, a filing at the US Federal Communications Commission shows that an unidentified Huawei device has passed through regulations. Sources are calling this the Huawei P20 Lite, although there is no certainty that is the name the company is going with.
What makes this model interesting is the screen. Instead of the popular 18:9, it features a resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels which translates to 19:9 aspect ratio. It likely translates into a slightly taller device than what we’re used to seeing by now, and it will be interesting to see how Huawei intends to push this deviation from the norm.
Other notes in the filing are the rear dual camera, a 2,900mAh battery, and dimensions of 148mm x 78mm. The technical drawing shows rounded edges, but not rounded screen edges; however, this could just be for FCC filing schematics.
Speaking of schematics, Huawei seems to have included a notch on the front of the phone display. Like the iPhone X, the cutout on the display houses the IR scanner and front camera. It would be unfortunate if this is the design element that other companies have elected to copy from Apple.
Huawei is not expected to have anything to show off at MWC 2018, choosing to give the event a wide berth with Samsung set to dominate proceedings by revealing the Galaxy S9. That said, it’s a little early for an unannounced phone to be passing through the FCC; which means that Huawei might have something new on show ahead of its own March event.