It seems that Vivo will not first smartphone manufacturer with retractable front camera. After MWC 2018 showed the concept of the Vivo APEX device with the fingerprint reader under the display and frontalkoy, hidden inside the gadget, Essential has shown its patent for smartphone with such same camera.
What is known
ABOUT the head of the company Andy Rubin told Twitter. As it turned out, a patent entitled " Apparatus and way to maximize the display area of a mobile device " was 2016 year.
Judging by schemes in patent, the front camera, if necessary, will be right corner of the smartphone, and by completion of work - " hiding " back. The sensors are located under the display, so there is practically no upper frame here, and The screen occupies the maximum surface area.
Where will the speaker be located? - it is not clear yet, but the Vivo APEX has been replaced with Screen SoundCasting technology, which provides vibration transmission directly through the device screen without the need to incorporate a traditional speaker.
Will receive whether such a front camera is the second generation of Essential Phone and translate Does this idea in general a life - is still unknown. But recognize that this is a " fresh " idea for compared to "Monobrovyu" , which began to add almost each new model.
Source: AndroidPolice , Andy Rubin (Twitter) , Google Patents