Do you prefer a pop-out camera or a notch?37
Many users didn’t mind the cutouts or at least learned to live with them. Others still hate them with a passion. So, phone makers kept working on other solutions. The slider phones came first — the phone’s screen can be manually pulled down to reveal a selfie camera behind it. These are kind of cool and an odd mix of flip phone nostalgia and futuristic smartphone design… but they do have their drawbacks, like collecting more lint than a velcro sticker in a washing machine and proving hard to make water-resistance work.
Then, we got the super-cool, mechanized pop-out camera. First, it was the Oppo Find X that debuted with such a feature… now, we have it on the OnePlus 7 Pro. Basically, whenever the phone needs to use the selfie camera (when using face unlock or taking a selfie), a mechanized tray pops up and reveals the lens. When it does its job, it goes back in and patiently waits to be summoned again, like a well-trained retriever.
And woosh — with that magical technology, we get all-screen phones that have no notches, cutouts, holes, or whatever else. Just a super-thin bezel and a big display up front. Pretty cool, eh?
Of course, the mechanical tray still has some drawbacks. For one, durability and lifespan are still a bit of a concern. Yes, the manufacturers insist that the devices have been stress tested and everything will be just fine, but hey… Samsung said the same about the Galaxy Fold. Secondly, you kind of always need to be aware that this camera will want to pop up when you activate any form of selfie app, from Snapchat to the Insta stories. And it’s a bi-i-it slower when activating for face unlock, if that’s your thing.