OnePlus seems to be working hard to hide the cameras on its phones. We saw earlier how OnePlus Concept One unfolds its vanished effect with the help of electrochromic glass.
Now a new OnePlus patent shows another phone that can hide the sensors of its rear view cameras. However, this uses a completely different mechanism.
A cheaper way to hide rear view cameras?
First discovered in the WIPO database of serial patent hunters, LetsGoDigital, the new OnePlus patent shows a smartphone with lenses that disappear when not in use.
Unlike the Concept One, this new patented OnePlus phone hides its rear cameras under a plastic flap. The images in the patent application show a OnePlus 7T-like circular camera housing. This time, however, the lenses are not stacked horizontally, but vertically.
The patent shows two telephone models. One of them has three cameras and a flash, while the other has four cameras and a flash. Both have the plastic flap that hides the camera sensors. You can see them in the picture below.
Why do you need a phone with hidden cameras? Perhaps OnePlus is pushing this concept to protect the lenses from scratches and dirt. It's also possible that this is a privacy feature, much like how you can disable cameras on smart speakers like the Amazon Echo Show. On the other hand, it might just be a trick, but we won't know for sure until OnePlus actually releases such a device.
This new mechanism for hiding the cameras is also much simpler than that of the OnePlus Concept One. The production of the transparent glass used in the Concept One is more expensive compared to the simple plastic flap described in the new patent.
Lower production costs could make it easier for OnePlus to actually bring this design to market instead of the Concept One. The idea is not to have any visible camera lenses on the back if OnePlus is aiming for it.
The electrochromic glass used in the Concept One can also be used as an ND filter when taking photos. If you choose a plastic flap phone instead, you will lose this feature.
Finally! No notch
In addition to the hidden back cameras, the new patent also points to a selfie camera under the screen. Given that its sister company Oppo is already experimenting with under-screen cameras, we wouldn't be surprised if the technology also lands on OnePlus phones.
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According to LetGoDigital, there is no visible notch in the phone models shown in the patent. It also includes a top-angle picture that shows no tray from which a selfie camera can exit.
Can we see these patented OnePlus smartphone designs this year? Yes and no.
We still don't know what the OnePlus 8T series has in store. Therefore, this patent could well be related to the upcoming OnePlus phones. As a rule, however, companies patent many different designs and do not always make it into production.
We have to wait and see what OnePlus has in store. For now, the upcoming OnePlus 8 series is the city's topic of conversation, and we expect it to hit the market next month or so.