Google files a patent for a single front-facing camera under a smartphone screen

Google is filing a patent for a single front camera under a smartphone screen

Efforts to reduce bezels and notches on the top of smartphones are hampered by an important must-have: the front-facing camera. While many Android devices have taken over the “hole punch” via the legendary Apple notch, Google could head for a unique camera under the display.

Reported and illustrated by Lets Go Digital, a new product from Google describes how the company plans to implement an under-screen camera differently from its competitors.

Under-display cameras as a concept are not new. In January, the ZTE Axon 20 5G was the first handheld to offer a smartphone camera under the display to create an uninterrupted main display.

Unfortunately, the camera in the Axon 20 isn’t particularly good and has image degradation issues directly related to its placement under the display. The technology is still young, however, and while ZTE has certainly tried the first proof of concept, Google is trying to iterate and improve.

Since this is a new technology that can be difficult to implement properly, it seems that Google has come up with an interesting solution. In September last year, the company applied for a patent for a “full-screen display with a sub-display camera”, in which the front camera is placed under the screen and an additional display is integrated. This would be the OLED panel with the same pixel density as the main screen.

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