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OnePlus may have patented a hidden-camera phone, but not as you might think

The "OnePlus hidden camera phone patent" image. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
The "OnePlus hidden camera phone patent" image. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
A new report claims that the smartphone OEM OnePlus has patented a phone with hidden rear cameras. However, this design allegedly depends on physical components rather than the next-gen electrochromic technology found in this company's recent concept device. On the other hand, it also seems to integrate an under-display selfie camera.

Recently, OnePlus showcased its first concept device at CES 2020. This was the first of its phones to integrate electrochromic technology, which also allows for automatic color-shifting in the glass of high-end automobiles such as those of this OEM's brand-partner McLaren. Now, a new patent allegedly linked to the same mobile-tech company seems to suggest it is looking to solidify this nascent position as a "hidden-camera phone" brand.

It shows a phone that does bear somewhat of a resemblance to OnePlus' pre-existing 7T phone, in that it has a round housing for its rear cameras. However, this design distinguishes itself by exhibiting lenses that can be obscured behind additional components found in this module.

Then again, the design suggests that the same components are mechanical (and also probably manual) in nature, rather than delivered through anything more advanced such as electro-chemical materials or finishes.

On a more high-tech note, the images in this alleged OnePlus patent have a front panel completely uninterrupted by notches or even punch-holes of any kind. This suggests that a more up-to-date solution such as under-display selfie cameras are also in play in this IP.

More images from the new OnePlus patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
More images from the new OnePlus patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02- 6 (Update: 2020-02- 6)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.