OnePlus is currently gearing up for the OnePlus 9 series launch in March 2021. As leaks continue to pour in, a new report has revealed about a future OnePlus smartphone. According to LetsGoDigital, the company has filed a patent for a front camera that is located on the top bezel. The company filed a patent with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) for a ‘display apparatus’. It is a smartphone with narrow bezels and an OLED display. The patent further reveals that the top bezel has a tiny hole for the front camera. This could be OnePlus’ way around removing the hole-punch until the under-screen camera tech is ready for commercial use. Let’s take a look at the OnePlus patent filed for a smartphone with a selfie camera in the bezel.
OnePlus files patent for positioning selfie camera in the top bezel
OnePlus has filed a new patent with the WIPO for a display apparatus. The patent reveals that the company is working on a phone with narrow bezels and an OLED display. The top bezel has a tiny hole with a transparent cover glass. According to a LetsGoDigital report, this is where the front camera will be placed.
Several OEMs have been working on a way around to hide the notch. Previously, it was the notch and pop-up camera module. Several companies are now opting to use a hole-punch cutout for the front camera until the under-display camera tech is matured for commercial use.
The patent reveals that the front camera is placed on the screen’s top edge right in the centre of the bezel. This will help the company offer more screen estate without drilling a hole in the display.
Whether or not the company will use this display tech is unknown. This, however, does not seem to be the OnePlus 9 series. Leaked specifications reveal that the upcoming flagship series will have a hole-punch cutout at the top-left corner of the display. You can click here to check our coverage on the upcoming OnePlus 9 series.
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