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LG allegedly patents a triple selfie camera

A smartphone leaks blog claims to have unearthed a patent filed by LG in which a phone with a triple selfie camera is depicted. The phone in question could easily be a V50 ThinQ, except for the three distinctly lens-like sensors visible in its notch. This, then could suggest the next generation of LG phone design.

The blog Tiger Mobiles claims to have found a patent of LG's that describes a triple-camera set-up for a phone's front panel. This document was apparently published to the Hague International Design Bulletin, which is maintained by the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) on April 19, 2019. It consists of a diagram showing the novel intellectual property in question, depicted in the context of a phone that strongly resembles the OEM's current flagship.

On one hand, the alleged new and comprehensive front-facing imaging system could give LG the edge in this facet of smartphone photography, particularly if it were to be realized by, say, 2020. On the other, it still clearly requires an emphatic display notch, which, by the looks of it, could take up a comparable amount of space to that found on the LG V50 ThinQ.

The sensors within it - which are apparently the only thing not subject to potential change in the patent's diagrams - are 4 in total: 3 larger, circular components of equal size, accompanied by a final, smaller pore positioned between the second and third 'lenses' to the right. This suggests a possibility of 3 actual cameras, augmented by a range of possible modules from a flash to a depth sensor.

For context, both the V50 and G8 ThinQ have dual frontal shooters, although the second module is a time-of-flight sensor in the case of the latter. Therefore, should this patent be genuine, it seems that their successors may have yet more powerful selfie-snapping potential.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04-20 (Update: 2019-04-22)