Google has filed a patent for an under-display camera

This Patent will be used in a future Pixel model    

Last September, Google filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a smartphone having an under-screen selfie camera (probably a Pixel). The ZTE Axon 20 has such a feature, and other manufacturers such as Samsung, Xiaomi, and Oppo could release devices with an under-screen selfie camera this year.

If you're wondering why the selfie camera sits under the display, it eliminates the need for a notch or a punch-hole camera, allowing manufacturers to minimise the amount of the phone's bezels and produce an edge-to-edge display. Google's patent for an under-display selfie camera for the Pixel, according to LetsGo Digital, improves on the present technology's poor quality results.

Given that renders of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro show a punch-hole camera on the screen, the Pixel 7 series in 2022 could be the first to use an under-display selfie camera.

Mobile display

Alternatively, the under-display camera technology could be preparing for usage in a foldable Google phone, which display analyst Ross Young predicts could debut in the second half of the year, maybe as early as August.

A mobile phone or tablet featuring a full-screen display and a front-facing camera, as well as other sensors beneath the display, is described in the patent. Under the main screen, a second screen is placed opposite the camera. Between the camera and the auxiliary display is a prism.

The content on the second screen is reflected onto the main display while the camera is turned off and not in use, due to the prism. The prism rotates when the camera is turned on, allowing incoming light to reach the camera and allowing the user to take high-quality photos and videos.

The small auxiliary display houses an ambient sensor, a proximity sensor, and/or an infrared sensor, the latter of which is capable of 3D face recognition.

Face Unlock was introduced with the Pixel 4 series, however Google switched back to the fingerprint scanner for later versions. The function may reappear at some point in the future, which may be when the Pixel 7 series is released next year.

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