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- OnePlus has patented a way to throw away the selfie camera in the frame of a phone.
- The company noted in a 23-page patent application that such a device would have a high screen-to-body ratio.
- This may be OnePlus’ latest attempt to create an uninterrupted smartphone screen.
OnePlus can work in a way to eliminate holes in the holes on smartphones, and no, we are not talking about putting in a popup mechanism. Instead, it seems that the company is working on a “display device” that fits the selfie shooter within the thin frames of a phone.
People over kl LetsGoDigital discovered a patent document filed by OnePlus for the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO). The 23-page documentation describes a OnePlus phone with an OLED screen. A hole for the selfie camera is made on the top frame covered with a “transparent cover plate.”
The patent application describes this display device as a “high screen-to-body ratio, low production costs, high yield and high product safety.”
While under-screen selfie cameras are where the industry is heading, the technology is not quite ready to take off yet. ZTE’s Axon 20 5G is a good example of how reliable cameras under the screen can still be a while away. Our readers are also different for buying early cameras under the display.
Meanwhile, OnePlus’ patented solution seems to be an effective way to create a seamless display. But since it is only a patent, we are unsure whether the company is serious about commercializing the design. We are sure that we will not see anything like this on the OnePlus 9 series, given that leaked reproductions already show a hole in the screen.
At the moment, all eyes are on OnePlus’ alleged affiliation with Hasselblad for the upcoming flagship. Whether this new selfie camera location is at the top of OnePlus’ priority list, some are assuming.