While we’ve seen pop-up front-facing cameras before, there hasn’t been anything that looked like this.
A video of a phone purporting to be Oppo’s new Reno has appeared on the Chinese social media site Weibo. The footage shows a typical Android phone at first, with the user tapping the screen to turn on the front-facing camera.
But instead of a camera popping up at a straight angle like we’ve seen before on Chinese phones, the Reno’s camera appears to come out of a triangular element that hinges up on one side. Tech site Slashleaks spotted the video and uploaded it to its YouTube channel Thursday:
As one of the top phone-makers in China, Oppo makes some of the most compelling-looking phones with innovative technology outside of the US. Itsfrom 2018, for example, features a glowing screen for notifications, 3D facial scanning and a pop-up camera as well. Oppo also shares the same parent company, BBK Electronics, as Vivo and OnePlus, with a handful of the latter’s phones touting a similar look as Oppo phones.
Pop-up selfie cameras are novel, but they’re not exactly new. In addition to the Find X, theand the have it, and the upcoming is it as well. (It’s no coincidence that all of these phones come from companies under the umbrella of BBK Electronics.) It is the first we’ve seen with this particular design. It looks much sturdier than, say, the small camera that rises up from the Vivo Nex, but it also looks as if it takes a lot of space internally.
Keep in mind that this is an unconfirmed video of the Oppo Reno. The company has not officially announced anything, so take the footage with a grain of salt.
Oppo did not immediately respond to a request for comment.