Oppo patents show alternate ways to workaround a punch-hole camera

Oppo patents show alternate ways to workaround a punch-hole camera
Samsung's first phone to employ a front-facing punch-hole camera is the Galaxy A8s. Swiping down from the hole opens the camera app with an animated flourish included. We do expect the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S10 line to offer the same feature. Based on a pair of patent applications submitted to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) by Oppo, there are another ways to make the punch-hole useful.

Oppo's patent applications are titled "Mobile phone with app icon interface" and the diagrams show an Oppo handset with a front-facing punch-hole camera on the upper left corner of the display. According to one filing, the camera icon overlays the punch-hole on the display, and clicking on it opens the camera app. Clicking the icon and swiping it to the right will turn off the camera app (see image at the top of this article).

With the second filing (via Lets Go Digital-translated) there are five app icons at the top of the phone's screen, including the camera app that again overlays the punch-hole. Swiping on the apps allows other icons to appear, although the camera app always remains in the same spot (see image at the bottom of this article). Clicking on it opens the camera, and tapping on any of the app icons on the top of the screen will open that particular app.

The first Oppo handsets to include a front-facing punch-hole camera are expected to be unveiled next month during MWC 2019 in Barcelona. Those models are believed to be the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro. Both of those phones could also come with the company's 10x optical zoom technology, and an in-display fingerprint scanner that can be accessed anywhere on the handset's display.

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15 Comments

1. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 729; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Or they could all just stop this hole punch nonsense immediately instead of having to come up with a solution to a problem that didn't have to exist in the first place. That's also an option.

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

agreed... making it tough to hold a phone without finger prints all over the viewing area.

6. Chumley

Posts: 39; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

Exactly. As if people have complained for years about having a 2mm bezel for all the camera/sensors. As it is with screen ratios pushing 90%+, you can hardly handle a phone without a stray input.

8. Cat97

Posts: 1923; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

You can always buy a Sony or any 3 year old phone and enjoy the huge bezels.

3. Busyboy

Posts: 733; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

So, where does the status bar go?

10. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

That should definitely remain on top intact. In the prototype they just knocked it out.

4. basher

Posts: 110; Member since: Sep 20, 2015

And have blurry selfies with fingerprints on

5. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

It would be so much simpler to leave a few millimeters on top. There they could put the sensors and cameras at ease. Then would end this agony of notches and holes. And everyone would be glad.

7. osterrich21

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Why 100% screen? Just to break easier and the phone makers to sell more units?

11. 27satz

Posts: 158; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

So I will stretch all the way to the top to access camera? And how about fingerprints and smudges on top ends up in blurry pictures

12. Vogue1985

Posts: 478; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Simple smart idea. However not for the folks how what 1inch bezel,this is not for you, buy a pirated iphone 4x lol.

13. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

That's stupid, that's only looks good on home and lock screen. In reality, that hole need to be moved to farther from the edge, if you open apps or games, there will be a hole in the middle of your apps/games interface

14. Brewski

Posts: 710; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Whatever happened to the idea of putting the camera behind the screen and just turning off those pixels when a picture is taken or in between refresh cycles?

15. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The camera hole should go in the dock at the bottom - that would make more sense so the camera icon can be in the dock with the hole

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