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Rumor | OPPO has a concept phone with concealable ports and cameras in the works

Another example of a port-less phone. (Source: Meizu)
Another example of a port-less phone. (Source: Meizu)
A well-known leaker now claims that OPPO is working on a prototype mobile device with that ever-popular "port-less" design in mind. However, it seems the OEM has struck a unique balance between function and looks in this concept, as it does in fact have a USB port (albeit one a user might have trouble finding). It is also said to integrate electrochromic glass and under-display tech in order to deploy its cameras at need.

Now that LG has officially left the smartphone market, a glaring gap in the innovative and experimental realm of this space might become more apparent. Then again, OPPO for one seems committed to help fill it, with its patents for strange new pop-up selfie-camera types and 2-in-1 phablets. Now, the tipster Digital Chat Station asserts that its upcoming concept device is the latest word on the "port-less" trend.

Some OEMs, even Apple, reportedly think this kind of completely monolithic, uninterrupted form-factor is the future. Then again, recent examples of potentially real-world products based on the idea have crashed and burned, even on crowdfunding websites.

However, OPPO has reportedly addressed one of the Meizu Zero's major sticking points in a new prototype: it is still capable of wired charging, rather than being completely reliant on wireless power. It has a USB port for this purpose, which, according to Digital Chat Station, is "absolutely integrated" (translated) within the concept phone's structure.

OPPO is also apparently as fond of the new potential trend of electrochromic glass as is its sibling OEMs OnePlus and Vivo. Its new prototype apparently uses the material to hide its rear cameras, as in the recent Concept One. It is also rumored to conceal its front-facing shooters with under-display technology.

Finally, it is also now said to drop physical buttons in favor of pressure-sensitive alternatives. Then again, its leaker has yet to mention when or where this new device might be showcased.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-04- 7 (Update: 2021-04- 7)