Mobile phone manufacturers are constantly coming up with a way to make the most of the onscreen viewing space. Whether notches, holes in the screen or mechanical cameras that slide or rotate with mechanisms.
Vivo has registered a patent in China that shows some solutions never seen before. Instead of having a hole in the screen for the cameras why not anymore? Vivo presents 3 different design proposals, each aiming to take advantage of the screen viewing space.
The first design is certainly what catches the most attention. This is a 4-hole camera rig in each corner of the panel. A mobile phone of this type would then have 4 front sensors, increasing the photographic capacity of the equipment. Alternatively, we may have more advanced face recognition cameras or sensors.
The second design also features 4 holes but arranged in two modules at the top corners. The third design is similar but the holes are separated. These patents do not confirm mobile phone releases but suggest future designs that Vivo may use in the future.
Under-screen cameras will be the trend for 2020
With patents registered by Xiaomi and Oppo, the solution for notch in 2020 is to place the cameras under the glass. The technology is not yet ready to be deployed on commercial mobile phones but will surely emerge over the next year.
Therefore, Vivo’s patent appears to be just a “safeguard”. In case the holes in the screen remain “trendy” by 2020, the brand is already patented for all possible combinations.
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