12 June 2019
Essentials has finally plugged the plug on the Essential PH-1 smartphone. The device received varying reviews, with some liking it and others not so much. Rumour has it that the device has been discontinued in order to make the way for the Essential Phone PH-2. Reports have just surfaced about the Essential Phone PH-2 in terms of its display and design. It appears that that the smartphone will have its front-facing camera behind the screen and no on-screen cutout.
If you remember correctly, the Essential Phone PH-1 was the first device to start the notch display trend. It seems like its successor, the Essential Phone PH-2 is going to set a trend of its own as well. This could be the start of smartphones housing cameras behind the displays. This would rule out the need for notches and even on-screen cutouts. A set of drawings, first discovered by SlashGear, reveal the presence of a transparent display on a smartphone with an all-screen front. As evident from the patent, the smartphone will have at least one front-facing camera and sensor under the display.
Another set of drawings reveal that the smartphone will have an in-display fingerprint sensor. Considering this is a possibility, there’s a good chance that the device will feature an OLED display panel. Unfortunately, no other details regarding the smartphone have surfaced online. The pricing and availability of the smartphone also remain a mystery.
Behind the display camera will mean a lot to the overall design of the phone. It actually changes the entire designing approach.
Things have started hiding behind the screen now. Essential is hiding the camera and Apple's hiding the fingerprint scanner.
A fingerprint scanner is anyway under the screen only, but yes, they are using the entire display for the purpose.
I'm in the first place surprised to see Essential working on a new phone, especially after a not so good opening.