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Oppo patents smartphone with side pop-up camera

For those who follow smartphones all year round, trends like the Folding phone design, pop-up cameras, water-drop notch, and the Punch-hole design dominated the mobile world in the outgone year. While there is hardly any smartphone maker that has yet to embrace one or two of these trends, a new patent from Oppo is giving us yet another interesting take.

Unlike most smartphones with pop-up cameras seated at the top, a new patent sighted in the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) database reveals that the Chinese phone maker Oppo is developing a smartphone with an entirely different design.

First sighted by Tigermobiles, the new patent discovery reveals a smartphone design with a side-mounted pop-up cam. The pop-up camera as seen below is situated on the right-hand side of the phone. It is cleverly implemented in a manner that it sits flush with the back when not used. Speaking of the back panel, the patent sketch reveals the device will come with a dual-camera below the pop-up mechanism, with an LED flash below it.

Attached are some impressive mockups of what this device could look like, and from the mockup, we can see what appears to be the power button on the same side as the camera,  while the left is home to the usual volume rockers and sim-slot. The bottom houses a speaker, Type-C connector and a headphone jack.

To be clear, we are not sure when or if the design will ever make it to an actual phone design, but it is worth noting that the design looks far less complicated than most other designs we have seen so far, so bringing it to reality might not pose any challenge to the Chinese smartphone maker.

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