Asus managed to surprise many people with the Zenfone 6. It is the first full-screen phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. This is made possible by implementing a rotating camera. The dual camera system automatically folds when you take a selfie. At the end of last year, the company already filed a patent for various smartphone models, some with a pop-up camera, others with a hole in the display.
Asus seems to intend to introduce other full screen models in the (near) future. A design patent from Asus Computer was published on 21 May 2019 in the Global Design Database of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). This time the full screen smartphones are equipped with a slider camera.
Asus full screen phone with slider camera
It concerns a total of 10 different models. All telephones have a full-screen design, only a narrow bezel remains visible at the bottom. The rear is the same for all variants. A double camera is visible here, placed horizontally apart, with a flash in between. This camera system is similar in design to the recently introduced Zenfone 6. However, this time it is not a folding camera, but an extendable camera.
Since it is a design patent, the description is brief. Nevertheless, it contains an important detail. With 5 of the 10 models, the sliding system only works upwards, as we now know from various other mobile phones, such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. With the other 5 models, the system can also be slid down, creating a dual slider system. Apart from the slider system, these models exactly match the first 5 variants.
Asus smartphone with dual slider system
All Asus patented telephone models display a dual front camera. The placement and distance between the cameras differ. The microphone and flash are also integrated into different ways into the extendable system. There are also some physical buttons on the sides, which function as on/off switches and as volume buttons. The bottom offers space for a connection to charge the device.
It seems that Asus actually intends to release such a smartphone model. It is not the first time that we have heard of an Asus telephone with a dual slider system. Last month Evan Blass published a series of concept photos of an Asus 5G dual slider phone via Twitter. The concepts came from one of Asus’s Zenfone 5 designers.
The images showed a remarkable number of similarities with the patent published this week. It can also be seen from the pictures that the lower slider system could be used as a speaker and / or for audio control. For this Asus would seek cooperation with Harman Kardon, the two companies have been working together for some time for the ultrabooks, notebooks and laptops from the Taiwanese manufacturer.
By the way, there is still a noticeable difference, for example, there is no fingerprint scanner visible on the patent images and the concept photos do. Whether this will ultimately be placed behind the screen is as yet unknown, but certainly not unthinkable, as more and more models have an on-screen fingerprint sensor.
It remains to be seen when Asus will introduce its first 5G device. The first 5G smartphone is now available in Europe, it is the Oppo Reno 5G that was introduced last month. This is also a full-screen phone, but the Chinese manufacturer has opted for a slanted pop-up camera, which makes it look extra stylish.
Oppo was also the world’s first manufacturer to introduce a smartphone with a rotating camera. Long before the Zenfone 6 and Galaxy A80 was released. The Oppo N1 was already introduced in 2013. Obviously, this was not a full-screen phone yet, but an automatic rotating camera already had this device.