With OnePlus Concept One, the company has already showcased its first smartphone at CES 2020 with a “disappearing camera” feature. In that concept phone, the company used electrochromic glass at the back to bring the illusion of disappearing cameras on the concept phone. However, implementing electromagnetic glass is very expensive in a real-world scenario. So, to achieve its goal of camera hiding, the company has filed a patent that allows it to hide rear cameras by using a different technique.
The patent was spotted by LetsGoDigital on the WIPO Global Design Database. It shows a circular camera, similar to the OnePlus 7T in the different events of occurrence. The front of the patented OnePlus phone design does not show a notch, a cutout, nor is there any outline for a pop-up mechanism. This hints us for an in-display selfie camera and might use the same technology to hide the front camera as well.
At the back, the phone is seen to sport a plastic flap, which simply pushes itself away to reveal the lenses when the camera app is opened and comes back into its place to hide the lenses when the camera is not in use. This technology is similar to what we see in regular digital cameras which OnePlus wants to inherit in its smartphones to hide the camera.
The photos shared in the patent show four ways in which the plastic flap will work, and these flaps should work in a mechanical manner. This new method will allow OnePlus to hide cameras without using those expensive glasses.
Like most of the patents, it is not necessary that this patent will come out to real or a new phone with this concept is near. Most of the time, patents do not convert into real-life phones. However, this patent probably hints us that the company might use this feature in its future phones.
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