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.

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