Many smartphone brands are going after the under-display selfie cameras tech now. In this growing list of companies, Google Pixel phones are also going for it. However, we did not expect such a feature from the brand as of yet but patents for the same are popping up. Although this tech cannot be expected in the Pixel 6 we can expect it to feature on Pixel 7. We also know that this tech is still under work requiring time but many major brands are going after it. In addition, there is a rumor that Samsung’s upcoming foldable phone might be the first mainstream device to feature it.
Google Pixel phone with an under-display camera?
According to the patent– spotted by LetsGoDigital, it is for a ‘full-screen display with a sub-display camera‘. However, the system used is a bit different from what we see on patents from other companies. Or on the ZTE Axon 20 5G, which already launched with an under-display camera. As per the report, Mountain View firm has come up with its own unique way of implementing an under-display camera on future Google Pixel phones. The patent describes in detail the method Google could use if it ever adopts the technology.
Generally, the selfie camera is positioning in a similar way to punch-hole selfie cameras. It comes just with a tiny secondary display panel over the top, so it can be hidden when not in use. Here though for Google Pixel Phones, the selfie camera lens is not actually pointing towards you. Instead, the display has a little ‘window’ in it, with a mirror underneath.
Furthermore, the patent image shows how it plans to place the second screen directly opposite the camera sensor on Google Pixel phones. There’s a prism or mirror positioning between the sensor and the secondary display. When the selfie camera is in use, the prism rotates to let in light through a small, 2-3mm window. When not in use, the prism rotates to reflect the content displayed on the second screen onto the main display. Additionally, the sub-display also reportedly has three sensors on it, possibly to enable the face-unlock.
However, we should note that at this point it is still a patent. There is a long way ahead before it comes to fruition on any smartphone. But it seems like under-display cameras could be one of the next big things in smartphones.
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