A prominent Chinese tech industry blogger with Weibo account name “Digital Chat Station” broke the news on August 3 that Chinese smartphone manufacturers are researching new full-view screen smartphone solutions, and that some will launch an “ultra-micro selfie camera solution.” This feature will package the selfie camera on the smartphone’s frame, without a heavy mechanical structure or affecting the screen, and with better imaging quality.
According to the blogger, a new foldable smartphone model will adopt this solution, and a straight display model is also under consideration. Consumers can look forward to whether the “ultra-micro selfie camera solution” can bring about better full-view smartphones.
Full-view smartphones represent a more perfect form pursued by manufacturers. For this reason, major smartphone manufacturers in China have introduced models with pop-up cameras and in-display cameras, such as vivo NEX and ZTE Axon 40 Ultra.
However, the popup camera occupies too much space in the device, while the whole model can be too heavy or thick – not to mention the high cost of maintenance. On the other hand, the in-display camera has the problem of poor imaging quality. Nowadays, most smartphones have returned to notch displays, which can be a compromise.
Xiaomi also applied for patent named “pop-up camera module and terminal” in June this year, and made new explorations into mechanical popup cameras. According to the patent overview, compared with existing technology, the pop-up camera module example provided by patent reduces the complexity of the structure of the module, and also saves the occupied space.