Oppo has been in the news a lot lately. For example, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer introduced the revolutionary Find X fullscreen smartphone with pop-up cameras last month. The company also announced that Oppo smartphones will be offered for sale from this month in Europe and America. They also want to tackle this immediately, if we look at the 40 new brand name applications from Oppo in Europe. In the Netherlands, you can now buy both the high-end Oppo R15 Pro and the budget A3. The Find 2X will follow in a few months.
However, the innovative company – which, like OnePlus and Vivo, is part of BKK Electronics – seems to have many more plans. For example, Oppo has applied for various patents for foldable smartphones. Today, however, we report on another patent that has been published by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office).
Oppo smartphone with a second display for selfie recordings
Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications filed a patent for an ‘Electronic Device’ at WIPO on 12 September 2017. This patent was published on 12 July 2018.
It is a smartphone with a screen-filling screen. A dual camera is located on the back of the device. A front camera is missing. However, we see the second screen on the back, this is also a touch display. Scenes that are captured with the camera can be displayed on this screen.
When the user looks at the display on the front, the content is shown on the main display. Users can switch to the second screen with an icon. Just as you have the possibility to switch to the front camera with modern devices.
By activating the display on the back, users can take selfie photos with the main camera, which is usually of better quality than a front camera. In addition to changing between display 1 and 2, it is also possible to display the camera content both on the front and the back.
An LCD or an OLED screen can be used, but it is also possible that a flexible display is used so that the edges can be bent and thus nicely in line with the housing. This also applies to both the main display and the second screen.
The second screen covers at most half of the back of the device. This allows the user to hold the device stably without your hand covering the display. The patented Oppo smartphone is also protected against water and dust.
In addition, the patent deals with some specific camera components, which can also be selected via the second display. In addition to a regular photo and video mode, a scene mode will be available, a night mode and a continuous recording function. There will also be a self-timer available.
Finally, Oppo has recorded several locations for the second camera. The double camera can be placed underneath each other, but it is also possible to place a camera on both sides of the second display. As a third alternative, a situation is sketched in which the second camera is shown below the display.
It is not the first time that we encounter such a smartphone design. Samsung has in April this year a similar Samsung smartphone with double display patented. Here the second display was also meant for making selfie recordings. The front camera was also missing on this model.