A new Google Pixel patent shows that the camera phone maker is currently working on an under-screen camera design. We’re not surprised that Google is researching this concept as most smartphone manufacturers have invested in reducing the edges of handset displays in recent years.
In fact, most camera phones currently available have edge-to-edge displays. The only mistake many phone manufacturers have tried to overcome is the notch or hole in the selfie camera damaging the top of the display.
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In mid-September 2020, Google LLC filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). This patent was recently published on May 6, 2021 and shows a Google Pixel handset with a front camera under the OLED display. To make this possible, an additional OLED display with the same pixel density was integrated into the design.
As reported by LetsGoDigitalThis second screen of the sub-display is directly opposite the camera and below the main screen. There is a prism or mirror between the camera and the additional display. When the camera is not in use, the content shown on the second screen of the sub-display is reflected by the prism on the main display. When the camera is activated, the prism rotates so that the incident light can be collected.
Some have thought that we might see this under-screen tech in the upcoming Google Pixel 6 (expected in the second half of 2021). However, LetsGoDigital points out that the more likely we will have to wait until the Google Pixel 7 in 2022 to see this new selfie camera design.