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Is OnePlus trying to move the Selfie Camera somewhere else?

OnePlus has patented a way of tucking away the selfie camera in the bezel of a phone.

The display notches or the punch-hole cutouts holding front cameras are the most dislike element in a camera these days. Brands don’t like this too. Hence, they are working on under-display camera technology. According to reports, OnePlus could be working on selfie camera in a way to eliminate punch-hole cutouts or notches on its smartphones. OnePlus has filed a patent where they want to push the camera above bezel instead of hiding it under the display.

It seems like the company has been working on a “display aperture” which fits into the thin bezels of the phone for the selfie shooter. All this information came from LetsGoDigital. LetsGoDigital is a website that exposes numerous mobile patents that normally not come out as real goods. Hence, we can’t say anything if OnePlus is trying to play around with the selfie camera. However, this “in-bezel” camera will remove all the problems of notches and cutouts on the display.

OnePlus new patent:

The concept render shows a tiny camera tucked inside the top bezel of the display. This concept has been previously utilized by Meizu for their flagship smartphones. However, OnePlus seems to have figured out a way to keep the bezel narrow while holding the camera. If this patent came to existence then OnePlus phones will provide True Full Screen Display experience with no notch or cutouts.

OnePlus camera render (Image: LetsGoDigital)
OnePlus camera render (Image: LetsGoDigital)

To recall, OnePlus utilized Pop-up selfie camera mechanism in it’s OnePlus 7 series smartphones namely OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro. These smartphones offer a distraction-free fullscreen experience. Many brands have been working on hiding the selfie camera. The ZTE Axon 20 5G is the first phone to feature a full screen display. It manages to hide the front camera underneath itself. Xiaomi and Oppo are currently working on the same technology and have shown some renders too. However, there is no information about their commercial roll-outs.

Meanwhile, OnePlus’ patent design solution seems to be an effective way of providing an interruption-free display. However, since it is a patent, Thus, it will be too early to comment on it’s commercial roll-out. Therefore, it is confirm that this technology won’t take part in OnePlus 9 series.

Till now, OnePlus utilized that punch-hole cutout to place the selfie camera on al its phones. The OnePlus Nord used a pill-shaped cutout for housing its dual front cameras. The upcoming OnePlus 9 series is likely to use the same punch-hole cutout for the front camera as well. Also Read: Google is testing a dark mode for desktop search

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