Dutch publication LetsGoDigital has reported that Oppo has patented three different smartphone designs with a secondary display. All three designs have a rear-mounted secondary display built right into the camera island of the phone. The first design has a tiny circular secondary display at the centre of a circular rear camera island, while in the second design the same display is squared shaped. The most interesting out of the three designs is the one that has a larger display underneath the camera setup.
Smartphone designs were largely similar before the debut of phones with foldable displays. This is why smartphone manufacturers have been attempting to innovate with the screen. We’ve seen phones with curved displays, sliding secondary displays, and rear-panel secondary displays. The latter is undoubtedly the greatest approach to provide more screen real estate, and it’s been tried by a number of companies, including Vivo, Meizu, and, most recently, Xiaomi with the Mi 11 Ultra. Another Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Oppo, now appears to be interested in following suit.
The patents filed with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organisation) offers the brand a worldwide patent of the design. And as always with patents, there is only a bleak chance that the product will see the light of the day. In this case, the patent could’ve been filed to pre-empt the competition from launching phones with similar designs or functions