22 August 2019
Oppo Reno that brings a new way of motorized selfie camera to retain the bezel-free display profile has gained much traction, well, more because of its design. While some call it the weirdest pop-up camera mechanism, some just don’t get bothered about it and in fact, like it because it’s different. But how the Chinese company attained this mechanism? Or how this pivotal camera works? Well, to answer these curious questions, the YouTuber Zack from JerryRigEverything has done a teardown and made a video as well to give you a clear shot of the Oppo Reno from inside.
From lifting the back panel of the Oppo Reno to pulling the motherboard of the Oppo Reno, Zack takes us to the small tour of teardown to let us view the small portions of the device and take note of peculiar things like neither of the rear cameras have OIS, pulling up the battery component is easiest, and thermal paste on the motherboard helps in transferring heat to the metal frame.
But we are more curious about the triangular-shaped pop-up motorized camera that raises whenever a user switches to the selfie camera. Zack shows what goes behind this moving camera module.
Notably, the whole thing works similar to all the other motorized smartphone cameras. The video explains how the mechanism behind this moving camera module of the Oppo Reno works. The motor placed on the left turns the threaded shaft and as the threaded shaft spins, the stationary metal chunk goes up and down, thus raising and lowering the little wedges holding the selfie camera. So, whenever a user chooses to open the front camera or rear flash, the contraption motor starts to do its job.
Note that the mechanism can also sense the pressure applied to the wedge-like triangular placeholder for the camera. So, nothing gets any damage if the spring on the rod senses any pressure from the top. It will just trigger the return of the motor.
Note that this pop-up wedge is tied to the top of the phone with just one screw. Zack unscrews it to pull out the whole wedge. Digging further and pulling out the motor mechanism completely reveals that the hole for the rod that goes up to the camera has its own little red rubber ring. This might have been glued to keep the dust away, also, it might help keep the metal rod from grinding on the edges.
Tearing apart the wedge-like thing reveals an interesting thing. He pulled out the 16MP selfie camera from inside of the housing and found out that the earpiece of the phone is inside the camera unit.
The YouTuber concludes that despite the extra motorized module, the design of the Oppo Reno is quite efficient and not complex, and in fact, easy to reassemble as well.