Punch hole cameras within smartphone displays are fast becoming a major talking point in 2019 and a new leak suggests we could see a Nokia-branded handset adopting the look very soon.A couple of teaser images spotted by Android Pure appear to advertise HMD Global's (the firm that now makes Nokia smartphones) MWC 2019 press conference in Barcelona, Spain, and there are a couple of interesting images faintly displayed on them.The two images don't, at first glance, give anything particularly obvious away.Enhance!However, if you increase the brightness on both of these images, a couple of interesting features are revealed.Firstly, the image featuring the outline of the handset reveals what appears to be a punch hole camera in the top left corner of the display - as you can see below.We have already seen the punch hole camera feature on the Honor View 20 this year, and many more manufacturers are expected to follow suit.Switching focus to the second leaked image and you may be able to make … [Read more...] about Nokia 9 Pureview could be the next phone with a punch hole camera
Telephoto lens zoom has been a big innovation in smartphone tech over the last few years, with the iPhone XS range sporting one of the best on the market, but it looks like Samsung has a plan to keep pace with Apple's impressive tech.It likely won't be ready for the Galaxy S10 (which is set to be announced in February), but Samsung is now rumored to be looking into buying a company that Chinese phone manufacturer Oppo has previously been using to improve its own zoom tech.The company is called Corephotonics and according to Israeli website Globe, the company is worth somewhere between $150 million and $160 million to Samsung.Zoom onOppo previously used Corephotonics technology to provide 5x lossless zoom in a prototype device shown off at MWC 2017. We tested out the technology at the show back then, and it was some impressive stuff that later featured in the Oppo Find X.Oppo is also rumored to now be working on similar technology, which uses a prism to achieve the high quality picture, … [Read more...] about Samsung may improve its camera zoom for the Note 10 by buying this company
Zoom is one of the biggest challenges facing mobile manufacturers, with telephoto secondary cameras often being used instead of bulky lenses. However, Samsung is reportedly in talks to acquire a company with some interesting zoom-related tech. The Korean brand is in “advanced talks” to acquire Israeli company Corephotonics for between $150 million and $160 million, according to Israeli publication Globe.Corephotonics is no stranger to the smartphone industry, having worked with Oppo to show off a periscope camera solution. The camera setup, demonstrated at MWC 2017, enables 5x lossless zoom with the aid of a prism. The Israeli company also signed a collaboration agreement with Oppo last year. Coincidentally, the Chinese brand has been touting a 10x zoom solution this year, so we’d assume the Israeli company has contributed some of its know-how to this feature. A zoom-focused triple camera setup? Samsung could steal Oppo’s thunder if it chooses to … [Read more...] about Samsung reportedly in talks to buy company behind Oppo’s periscope camera tech
Oppo's patent applications are titled "Mobile phone with app icon interface" and the diagrams show an Oppo handset with a front-facing punch-hole camera on the upper left corner of the display. According to one filing, the camera icon overlays the punch-hole on the display, and clicking on it opens the camera app. Clicking the icon and swiping it to the right will turn off the camera app (see image at the top of this article).With the second filing (via Lets Go Digital-translated) there are five app icons at the top of the phone's screen, including the camera app that again overlays the punch-hole. Swiping on the apps allows other icons to appear, although the camera app always remains in the same spot (see image at the bottom of this article). Clicking on it opens the camera, and tapping on any of the app icons on the top of the screen will open that particular app. … [Read more...] about Oppo patents show alternate ways to workaround a punch-hole camera
In the last few years, bezels have gone from a generally ignored necessity to one of industrial design's contemporary sins. That extra chonk housed, among other things, a phone's front-facing camera. But now we have notches, sliding designs, the "hole-punch" cutout, and even phones that eschew front-facing cameras entirely. So I'm curious to hear which style of camera placement you prefer. There aren't too many phones that feature hole-punch style camera cutouts just yet, though we did take a look at the Honor View20, which is among the first. The Galaxy S10, based on recent leaks, will also be sporting a similar drilled-out display. We've even played with the Mi Mix 3 and the 2018 Vivo Apex which approach the concept of a sliding/motorized camera assembly from two different directions. And, of course, the now-antique notch is fast becoming ubiquitous even when it comes to mid-range phones. There are a lot of different ways to pack a camera into a phone — one recent … [Read more...] about Weekend poll: Where do you prefer to have your front-facing camera?