Oppo finally got a patent for a phone with an under-display camera and now the company has secured the rights to three more designs. They all have one thing in common: a rear display in the camera island.
It’s highly unlikely that these solutions will be part of the Find X5 series, but we’d love to see a revolution in the way we use smartphones, and hopefully Oppo can lead the way in this.
A display on the back is nothing new – the Meizu Pro 7 series brought a large 2” Super AMOLED display, while the Mi 11 Ultra reused a 1.1” Mi Band 5 panel. And let’s not forget the vivo NEX Dual Display with two full-size displays on both sides, as well as any foldable phone.
We think Oppo could borrow the use of a secondary screen from the clamshell foldables – a small panel for notifications, selfies and AOD. The patents issued by the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) do not mention whether these screens are touch sensitive or not.
All of these camera and display designs look great, but chances are Oppo will certify them to prevent competitors from ever using them. This isn’t new or unexpected in the manufacturing world, and Oppo is doing everything it can to protect itself from competition in an environment where every new design sparks an avalanche of copycats.