LG's future flagships could carry three front-facing cameras

LG's future flagships could carry three front-facing cameras
The LG G8 ThinQ has two front-facing cameras

Triple-camera setups are all the rage at the moment. The Galaxy S10 has one, the Huawei P30 & LG V40 ThinQ do too, and even Apple’s next-gen iPhones could gain an extra camera. But what about triple selfie camera setups? Well, if LG’s latest patent is anything to go by, they could be the next big thing.

Details about LG’s functionality plans for each camera weren’t provided, but it’s safe to assume there’ll be a regular sensor accompanied by a wide-angle alternative. In addition to this, the South Korean brand could fit its future smartphones with a Time-of-Flight sensor as seen recently on the LG G8 ThinQ. This will probably be used for the company’s recent hand gesture feature, as well as retrieving depth data for portrait photos. LG could also choose to implement a 3D facial recognition system with the sensor that’ll rival Apple’s Face ID.

The patent in question sees the three cameras placed within a wide notch that sits above the display. This panel sports relatively uniform bezels that are slightly on the thicker side, but overall the design resembles LG’s recent flagships quite closely.

In addition to this, the smartphone described boasts a triple-camera setup on the rear that is aligned horizontally – much like the LG V40 ThinQ and LG V50 ThinQ – and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Other external details include a dedicated Google Assistant button, a bottom-firing speaker, and no headphone jack.

Because this is just a patent at this stage, there’s no guarantee LG will ever release a smartphone with three cameras up front. Nevertheless, such an implementation could be quite interesting and, more importantly, could capture the attention of consumers which is something LG needs at the moment – it’s sales are gradually declining.



1. Xperia14

Posts: 1208; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

I hope they don't. Am I the only one who thinks that the dual selfie camera on the S10+ is an actual downgrade compared to the single camera on the S10? I'd rather have actual screen space than a bokeh effect for my selfies that I never take.


Posts: 419; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I also prefer a single cutout. Samsung just has to push it further into the corner like on the Huawei View 20. Except the View 20 has a flat display...

5. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The ToF cameras are superior to just a regular 2D cameras. Also Joshua was clearly wrong when he said that LG could also choose to implement a 3D facial recognition system with the sensor that’ll rival Apple’s Face ID. The current LG G8 ToF already has better facial recognition than Apple's FaceID. FaceID uses a 2D IR camera to scan the 30,000 points from that land on a users face. Those 30,000 dots are generated by an IR dot projector. LG's ToF camera generates millions of 3D pixels to Apple's only 30,000 dots.


Posts: 419; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Every manufacturer is trying to get rid of the notch or reduce it to a cutout and this is what LG does. Smh

4. Arrelo

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 19, 2019

Ah, LG G series, the phones I want to love because of its incredible wired audio and manageable size but which always come saddled with enormous compromises: questionable add-ons (G5), old chipsets (G6), small battery and a notch (G7) and now gimmicks galore and an awful notch again (G8); I can imagine LG management being presented with a perfect phone every year and then get scared of what would happen if it was successful and then they would have to offer good customer support for it and software updates: better to cripple it somehow design wise, then cripple it again with bland software and no updates and voilà, the perfect LG G series phone recipe!

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