The hatred for notches and strive for higher screen-to-body ratios has led to a new craze of punching holes in the displays. There aren’t smartphones with camera holes in their front panels yet Samsung, Lenovo and Huawei are about to launch a trio of those next month. And now ZTE seems to be in the race of screen holes, however for resolving another problem – the earpiece.

Though, to be fair, Huawei might have thought about that first.

Nevertheless, going by the latest patent from ZTE, the OEM is trying to reduce the upper bezel and potentially eliminate the need for a notch by making a hole for the earpiece.

The patent doesn’t picture the front-facing camera which could mean there isn’t one to begin with – like the ZTE nubia X – or it will hide behind the display.

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Unlike the camera pinholes this is still at the patent stages of its development so it will take way longer to materialize. If at all.

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