A truly Bezel-less phone calls for an innovative approach towards the front camera. It’s not a thing OEMs can ignore or mount underneath the display (yet), and the only remaining options are to either accommodate the sensor in a notch or to opt for a slide-out camera mechanism.
The notch-trend is here to stay for a while longer (at least till Apple sticks to the concept), but quite a few Android OEMs now are experimenting with Slide-out cameras. These notch and bezel killers entail a few compromises, but they look veritably cool and perhaps touch a nostalgic chord in us. After all, Slider phones used to be a huge rage back in the day and we have now come full circle.
But, as we are currently dealing with the first generation smartphones from the bezel-less future, expecting a lot from them would be a little too much.
Advantage vs Disadvantage of a slider camera
- Offer continuous notch-less screen
- Have that elusive cool factor
- Susceptible to damage
- Finding a suitable case can be a difficult task
- No water resistance
- Accumulates dust and dirt particles easily
List of phones with slide-out cameras
1. Vivo Nex
Vivo Nex selfie camera pops up from the top edge. Since a portion of the phone doesn’t slide out, it won’t be that difficult to find fitting cases for the phone. The front facing camera does really well in terms of quality. As for its rear camera, the quality has significantly improved when compared to Vivo X21.
The mobile is a true flagship phone with 6.59 inch FHD+ AMOLED Display, 8GB RAM, a glass back with holographic etching, Snapdragon 845 chipset, and in-display fingerprint sensor. Even when a problematic software and rapidly draining battery can be disappointing, overall the device is a credible performer.
2. Oppo Find X
The Oppo Find X is a beautiful device with a glass finish back. While a staggering 93.8% screen-to-body ratio graces the front, all its cameras have been placed on a mechanical slider. The slider is pretty quick and rises in less than half a second. As for the camera quality, both the front and rear cameras have a lot of dynamic range, resulting in very good quality images. Performance wise, the phone does a good job with Snapdragon 845 SoC and 8GB RAM + 256GB storage team. The battery can last for around 1.5 days. Find X does not sport a fingerprint sensor but has employed face unlock for this purpose. Poor RAM management, flimsy build, and opening a slider to face-unlock every time are a few notable shortcomings. And yes, it’s also one of the most expensive phones around.
3. Honor Magic 2
Honor Magic 2 marks Huawei’s entry into the sliding camera segment. The phone is nearly bezel-free and its slider bears only the front camera module. The slider here is manual in nature, which is to say it won’t slide out automatically. Huawei has powered this device with its flagship chipset Kirin 980 SoC which Huawei claims, will deliver 20 percent improved performance and is touted be 40 percent more power efficient over the previous generation.
A 40W ‘Magic Charge’ super fast charge technology which claims fast charging and safety has also been employed by Honor.This phone packs a triple camera on the back consisting of a 16 MP f/1.8 aperture PDAF primary sensor, a 16 MP, f/2.2 aperture wide-angle lens and a 24 MP f/1.8 aperture Monochrome lens.On the front, Honor has included a 16MP f/2.0 aperture selfie camera bolstered with two depth sensors of 2MP each.
4. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 has a manual slider like Huawei’s Honor Magic 2, the difference being that Mi Mix 3 will bear both the front and rear cameras on the slider. Xiaomi earlier used to mount selfie camera on the bottom bezel for its Mix-series phones and users had to turn their phone over each time they needed a selfie. The upcoming Mi Mix 3 will don a nearly bezel-free front screen, and QHD+ AMOLED display.
Other features expected on Mi Mix 3 include Snapdragon 845 SoC, 5G support, and a 20MP selfie camera. Reports further add that the phone will support Qi wireless charging along with in-display fingerprint sensor.
5. Lenovo Z5 Pro
Lenovo has joined the slide-out camera game with Z5 Pro. The handset was launched in an event conducted in China and resorted to the use of slider mechanism to get rid of the notch. The phone is powered by an Octa-core Snapdragon 710 processor chipset and runs on Oreo 8.1 based ZUI 10.
Lenovo Z5 Pro houses a dual rear camera setup that consists of a 16-MP sensor and a 24MP sensor – both with a f/1.8 aperture. They are supported by a dual-tone LED flash. On the front, there is a 16MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture and an 8MP IR sensor to help with Face Unlock.
Read More: Vivo Nex Review – Innovation Priced Right
Best phones with Popup and slide-out cameras
These are some of the phones with pop-up cameras that we have heard of till date. More will allegedly pop-up soon, and we will add them to the list promptly. Meanwhile, waterdrop notch is fast gaining ground as a workable compromise, since it isn’t feasible to accommodate sliders without inflating the budget and thickness of a phone.