Notches! They’re so hot right now, and between the Essential Phones little circular notch and the iPhone X’s elongated bar, the world’s gone totally nuts for bits of the screen which are missing to make way for cameras and sensors.

Well, not quite, but it is something of a trend, and it appears that Huawei are gearing up to get in on the act, if files sourced by XDA-Developers are anything to go by.

The firmware files analysed by the community revealed a configuration file which defines the “RoundCornerDisplay”, which assits in obscuring parts of the screen to make way for the rather unusual display configuration. They even went so far as to recreate what the files suggest the top of the screen will look like:

huawei notch

Ooh, notchy! Elsewhere, the files reveal the phone has a 6.01″ Samsung EA8074 CMD TFT LCD screen with a practical resolution of 2160×1080, once the notch is taken into account. We’re also seeing a top-of-the-line Kirin 970 processor (the sort which powers Huawei’s Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro and Honor V10), Android 8.0 (underneath EMUI 8.0.1) and a high chance of dual-SIM support for the west. Oh, and it’ll have Huawei’s ‘Easy Projection’ software (video below).

No details as yet as to which phone it could be, but with a major announcement due at MWC in February, we’d wager that it’s the P11, with its wild sounding camera system, developed in part with Leica. If so, then Huawei is clearly in the market to make a splash in 2018. Needless to say, we’re pretty excited.

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