The race to achieve a full-screen smartphone design has been intense. We’ve seen notches, punch holes, pop-up and rotating cameras but a new patent from Oppo is offering us yet another interesting take. Even til now, all pop-up cameras are usually found positioned at the top of phones but an Oppo patent found in the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) database is giving us our first look at a side-mounted pop-up cam.
As you can see from the patent sketches, the motorized camera module is placed on the right-hand side of the phone. The clever design lends the pop-up camera to sit flush with the back when not used.
As seen in the above image, the rear houses two more cameras below the pop-up mechanism as well as the LED flash, although that’s just a reference image.
The right-hand-side also appears to house the power button while the left is home to the volume rockers and sim-slot. The bottom houses a speaker, Type-C connector and a headphone jack.
There’s no clear indication as to when this patent might make it to an actual phone or if it’s happening at all. Companies don’t turn all of their patents into production devices, but seeing Oppo’s taste for different pop-up mechanisms it’s not inconceivable that we might actually get this one in an actual phone sooner or later.