In 2019 we saw the proliferation of various solutions in the mobile market whose common goal was to abolish the very little worshiped notches or even the holes in the screen.

This led to smartphones being launched with revolving cameras, such as the Asus ZenFone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy A90. However, pop-up cameras have become more popular with devices like the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro or OnePlus 7 Pro and 7T Pro.

OnePlus 7 Pro
OnePlus 7 Pro Pop-up Camera

The truth is that, although I liked the idea of ​​not having any “interference” on the screen, I initially stood back with the pop-up mechanism that I would see on devices like OnePlus tops.

OnePlus 7T Pro was smartphone of the year for EBox readers and publishers

However, by this time, I do not recall seeing any problem with these mechanisms. And the proof that it was a good choice is that the OnePlus 7T Pro was voted the smartphone of the year by both EBox editors and our readers.

While we don’t have front-facing cameras built into the screen, this seems to me at the moment the best solution for embracing a “full screen” on a smartphone. Unfortunately, OnePlus seems to want to step back, and bet on a hole in the screen.

OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8 alleged design. Credit: @OnLeaks

This can be seen as a setback, as we saw a full screen on OnePlus 7T Pro, and OnePlus 8/8 Pro is very likely to have a hole in the screen to house the front camera (so the rumors indicate). This should have the advantage that the company finally bet on IP68 certification. The question is whether users will like the design change.

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