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OPPO might launch a phone with detachable camera module

OPPO patent showing modular camera (Source: OPPO/WIPO)
OPPO patent showing modular camera (Source: OPPO/WIPO)
The latest patent that surfaced online suggests that OPPO aims to take the modular phone concept one step further in the camera department. Thanks to this design, the user could even place the camera module a few feet away and use the handset as a remote, apart from being able to use the module for selfies and usual photos.
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Although it has just begun to become a noticeable presence in the Western world, OPPO has quite a few innovations under its belt. The Chinese OEM launched the N1 handset with a rotating camera module back in 2013, soon to be followed by the N3, a model that featured an improved motorized camera hub. Now, they are aiming for a fully detachable camera module.

While the idea of a detachable camera module would make most of us think about the change to upgrade it before anything else, OPPO's approach includes more than just that. As described in the patent, the camera module comes with a battery of its own, so it can also function as an independent still camera and video recorder. Obviously, this would allow the user to use the phone as an advanced remote controller. 

To make everything even better, the USB connector of the camera module allows to connect it to the smartphone's USB port for selfies and video calls. While this is not mentioned in the patent, I think that being able to use the camera with other handsets would be great. 

Sadly, everything's in the concept stage, but maybe OPPO is already testing a few prototypes and the commercial release of such a phone design is not too far. Would you consider buying such a handset if it had a competitive price? The comments section is all yours, as usual, so don't be shy.

OPPO modular camera patent detailed (Source: OPPO/WIPO)
OPPO modular camera patent detailed (Source: OPPO/WIPO)
OPPO modular camera patent detailed (Source: OPPO/WIPO)
OPPO modular camera patent detailed (Source: OPPO/WIPO)

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Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - Senior Tech Writer - 5433 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2013
In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2020-12- 7 (Update: 2020-12- 7)