11 July 2019
The next big solution in a quest to bring a “truly” bezel-free smartphone ought to be an under-display camera tech that would let the manufacturers place the camera(s) underneath the display just like the still-very-new under display fingerprint scanner. Well, a few Chinese companies have shown up early and shared their R&D into this new tech and to name one is Oppo which just recently premiered it during the MWC show in Shanghai. The smartphones with this tech-enabled aren't coming too soon but it’s good to note that some of the notable names have started working in this area already.
Last month, Oppo and Xiaomi grabbed enough attention as they demoed their first attempt of having an under-display camera back to back. But, in the race, we have Huawei, another Chinese company also which appears to be eyeing on this upcoming sector as well.
Huawei has just filed a patent for the user interface and how the area over the camera will be used. Looking at the images or schematics filed in the patent, it appears Huawei has some unique solutions for this designated area. As you would see, one of the images shows the time you’re on a call, while another will be the Camera Mode as pictured with AI Mode. Unlike Oppo, Huawei has tucked the front camera in the upper left corner.
Note that this could just be an early sight of this tech, considering the patent application is showing so many usages of the area where the camera is going to be placed. This is too early to comment on the solution but it’s good to note so much research is going on and if all turns out well we may see a smartphone coming out soon.