11 February 2020
In the past couple of years, we have seen OEMs try out different ways of putting cameras in a way that they can offer as much viewing area on the display as possible. Pop-up cameras and punch-hole displays are results of this very goal and in recent months, there have been reports of brands working on the under-display camera mechanism. OnePlus has become the latest OEM to join the club as suggested by its latest patent application.
The most interesting thing about the patent is that it not only talks about the "invisible" front camera but also shows different ways of hiding rear cameras. There is a total of four different camera alignment approaches and three of them are about verticle alignment. The only remaining one shows two of the cameras on the left side and the other two cameras on the right side.
This is not the first time we are seeing OnePlus taking interest in invisible cameras. It has already shown a concept smartphone named OnePlus Concept One. It is a concept device with camera sensors that become visible only when in use. It makes use of a glass called electromagnetic glass that enables the mechanism. OnePlus showcased the device at CES 2020 but also clarified that it will not go on sale anytime soon.
As we say all the time that patent applications do not always turn into real products. It means even though OnePlus might be interested in releasing phones with invisible cameras, there is no surety that it will happen in the near future. Nevertheless, we will keep you updated about all the developments.