If you have been keeping up with the smartphone trends, you already know that notches are now passe and brands are striving towards getting rid of the notch altogether to achieve an all-display fascias on their handset offerings. From elevating selfie cameras to punch-hole displays, we have seen quite a few innovations, and there are even talks of hidden under-display selfie cameras. Pricebaba has now spotted a new patent registered by OPPO, which showcases several new designs of sliding smartphones to help achieve all-screen fronts.
The majority of drawings in the patent seem to be an extension of what we have already seen on the OPPO Find X. However, the curved top module of the smartphone seems to have been substituted by other patterns for some reason. As you can see in the gallery above, there is a triangular design, a zigzag pattern, a wavy structure, a slanted straight line and a semi-circular curve. Out of all these, the last two seem to quite plausible. Additionally, all these designs seem to be featuring dual-camera modules on the back with a third cutout for a flash. On the front, we can see four circular cutouts, which could be dual cameras with additional sensors.
Apart from the regular sliding mechanism, the patent also reveals a very peculiar sliding design. In this design, the top portion of the smartphone seems to be sliding sideways to reveal a hidden dual-camera setup. Additionally, this setup seems to have a dual-camera module on the rear as well with an LED flash tucked in between two lenses. Apart from these, the devices in all illustrations seem to be featuring USB Type-C ports at the bottom with speaker grilles flanking on either side.
There’s not much information in the patent listing apart from this. Most likely this is OPPO covering its bases with new designs, and it’s quite possible that none of these get launched commercially.