The 6 types of motorized cameras that try to kill the notch

The 6 types of motorized cameras that try to kill the notch

And to reach the perfect front and without any edge has become the main goal in the design of some manufacturers, and they are not all experiences. Both Samsung with the Galaxy S10 and its perforated screen and the latest OnePlus 7 Pro look for the formula.

Let’s see what are all these formats and which one is best placed to impose as the winner while the technology does not overcome the barrier of placing the camera directly behind the screenjust like the fingerprint sensor that proliferated last year.

Pop-up, the least risky

He appeared with Vivo Apex, the first candidate who surprised everyone at the MWC in 2018, which he attended. The idea has attracted attention and NEX is not long in coming, taking advantage of the concept in a final product.

Now this system is the smallest and probably the least vulnerable of all. It simply includes an element, the front camera. The front sensor or sensors are distributed or miniaturized to be embedded in one way or another in its front.

The most relevant of phones with this system is the OnePlus 7 Pro that has just been introduced, and the eternal start-up Take out the chest with the resistance of your system.

The fully equipped module

Oppo is another of the most experienced in this segment and it’s not a coincidence. It is highly likely that Oppo, Vivo and even OnePlus will be under the aegis of BBK Electronics, the telephony giant that controls some of the biggest manufacturers in China – and therefore in the world.

This module came with the Find X, and included all possible sensors in a mobile of its category: front camera, the sensors needed to unlock the face with Face ID and even a double rear camera with icluido flash. They get up and fall in unison.

There is a significant disadvantage, of course, the module reaches its upper corners, subtracting the integrity of the whole that, being fair, was not wasted.

The fin

Pursuing the evolution of this system, Oppo has another design in mind with its Oppo Reno line. A fin which is now much more robust in the face of misfortunes such as just sitting on the phone.

The & # 39; end & # 39; simply, by design, allows the module to return to the inside if there is excessive pressure from the outside. In his analysis, I could mistreat him – moderately – he is resistant in many ways. Of course, it keeps a slack that does not remove all doubts and accumulates dust.

Sliding and rotating

in case there are doubts about the possibility of complicating or designing a more complex system, Samsung has recently introduced the Galaxy A80. There is a completely immersive screen thanks to its rear camera and a slider.

How basically add a rotor to the mixture, which brings all the sensors to the front after sliding them up. This system brings the main camera to the front – with wide angle, ToF sensor and flash included – with the big picture-wise victory that entails. He has the counterpart, yes, of completely expose the mechanism Sliding before twisting, like Find X.

Interestingly, a system very similar to this one has already happened – without slipping – just with the photographic improvements in mind – when nick It was not a problem because the frames were already big and generous in itself-, with the Oppo N1 by 2013. It is not surprising that today they are dragging know how and continue to experiment.

The engine is your hand

There was an alternative to the introduction of all the sensors in this slider, and comes from the hand of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, never better said. The mechanism drag the rest of the screen terminal, battery included, in a design reminiscent of the most daring phones of yesteryear.

As usual and like the other brands that have tried to play with this mechanism, Xiaomi has been quick to make sure that this system is tested for hundreds of thousands of performances.

Flip, flop

The latest addition to the team is the Asus Flip Camera in ZenFone 6, presented last Wednesday. With this system we report the front camera to the main -And double, flash included. In addition, it has curious functions, such as following a subject simply by rotating the module.

As usual also in this type of systems, they have a protection against falls, which quickly recovers the module to avoid being damaged when it detects a fall with an acceleration of 9.8 m / s².

The alternative to the front camera: another screen

Other experiments try to bring the infinite screen of a drawing with as few cracks as possible and avoid moving parts. The problem? Which go through the incorporation of a second screen for selfies this interrupts the experience and adds as much cost as a second space-consuming element.

There are several bets in this segment, such as the Vivo Nex Dual Display, the Nubia X and even the Vivo Apex 2019, which said: goodbye to all kinds of ports and cracks in design they call Super Unibody: from the headphone jack to the charging connector itself.

A step forward in aesthetics, two late in industrial design?

As new camera systems take over an advance in a more purely visual senseI really can not believe they are called to stay. Not even in the medium term.

Simply, between the module and the engine that they take too much space inside the terminals, and they add a further difficulty to more traditional sealing measures. There are new cracks, voids through which water and even high humidity in some designs can cause serious damage.

The mobile industry has just justified the removing the headphone connector for the same reason – although some cheaper models, such as the Pixel 3a or the recent Oppo Reno, show some distance – and in the interest of a larger battery in a similar gap.

I do not see them so clearly for these systems that, in the end, make the phone just as useful – or almost – but potentially thicker and vulnerable.

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