14 December 2020
In the last couple of years, smartphone brands have focused extensively on getting rid of the phone's bezels. It is easier to get rid of all bezels except the top one as it is where the front camera goes. This is the reason we have seen companies out for notched and punch-hole displays but none of these methods offer a "full screen" viewing experience. But it seems like Oppo has discovered a new way to get the desired result.
Oppo has filed a patent that shows a removable camera module design. The application has been spotted on the official website of the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). It is a rear camera module that looks like a traditional module in the first look. There are dual camera sensors with an LED sandwiched between the two. This arrangement is based on the patent sketch but there could be other arrangements as well.
It is said to be a removable module that comes with a USB Type-C connector. This is what will allow users to take it out and make use of it like a selfie camera setup. This connector is also said to be capable of bending at two different angles i.e. 90-degree and 180-degree.
One of the most interesting aspects of the patent is that the connector might even have WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity options. It can even have a Lithium battery so that it can have its own power source to work for a longer period of usage. And while all these things are certainly exciting, this is only a patent application at the moment. It means it is hard to guess whether and if it will actually be transformed into a real product.