From the fully hidden 3D camera of OPPO Find X to the shark fin lifting structure of OPPO Reno, OPPO has always been unique in exploring the shape of the front lens. Although the design of the front lens of OPPO models in the past two years has been slightly conservative, we can see from some patent documents that OPPO has not stopped thinking about new forms of smartphones.
A few days ago, LetsGoDigital exposed a patent previously submitted by OPPO to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The OPPO patent shows a horizontal sliding front camera design. The front lens can slide from one end of the top frame to the other.
According to the patent document description, the sliding front lens can capture images from different angles. The smartphone uses a built-in micro-motor to complete the sliding action of the lens, and only when the front lens is activated by a special application, the sliding will be carried out.
If OPPO or other companies can realize the sliding front lens structure, it will help users to obtain more 3D depth effects without moving their smartphones when taking selfies. Also, it will make it more convenient for users to take panoramic group photos.
However, it’s not clear if the speed of the motor could be controlled but if this was possible, users will get a lot of options to click panorama shots. At slow speed, the camera would be able to capture major details while fast speed could leave trails of lights in the scene.