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LG’s new patent hints at smartphones with under-display front-facing camera(s)

The patent details two display designs - one flat and one with curved edges - both having a hole for front-facing camera(s) and other hardware.

  • Published: November 9, 2018 3:50 PM IST
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Image Credit: GSMArena (via LetsGoDigital)


It seems that smartphone manufacturers are on a quest of completely eliminating bezels around the displays of their mobile devices. It s the sole reason why notches have become the unfortunate reality of smartphone market today. Also Read - Best camera phones under Rs 35000 to buy in July 2021: Pixel 4a, Mi 11X, and more

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However, that s not to say that OEMs aren t working on solutions that would enable full-screen smartphones without any unsightly indentations in the displays. The new waterdrop notches are quite unobtrusive, and smartphones like Oppo Find X and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 completely do with notches by using slider mechanisms. And now, it seems LG is also planning to do something different to realize the dream of all-screen smartphones. Also Read - iPhone 14 details leak even before the launch of iPhone 13, to bring this crucial feature

According to a report by LetsGoDigital, the South Korean technology major has filed a patent for a new display design that places the front-facing camera under the screen, thus eliminating the need for any notches.

As per the images accompanying the patent application, LG s design details two types of screens one flat and one with curved edges (like the display on Samsung s flagship Galaxy S and Note line-ups). Both these designs feature an oval-shaped cutout in the screen, under which (at least) two front-facing cameras can be housed. Along with that, the cutout can also house hardware like ambient light and proximity sensors.

While the solution seems interesting, it s not exactly an ideal one. Although the display cutout eliminates the need for notches, it s still going to get in the way when the screen is being used, whether for watching videos or for anything else. Moreover, a permanent hole in the display means that UI elements will have to be arranged in the area around the cutout.

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All said, it s too early to hope for a smartphone having this type of display. For now, LG has just filed for the patent, so there s no telling whether one would actually be granted or not. Even then, not all patented designs and technologies end up being used in actual products.

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  • Published Date: November 9, 2018 3:50 PM IST


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