Display trends are swiftly changing every year and before we get a true bezel-less phone, we will have to endure all kinds of crazy. But crazy can be a refreshing change of pace. Perhaps displays are what design innovations are centered around these days.
In the pursuit of larger screens, manufacturers resorted to different aspect ratios and raged a war on bezels. Consequently, they were forced to come up with novel ways to house the front camera (including pop-up modules and sliders). But we guess a punch hole screen for in-display camera is what everyone has agreed upon for 2019.
What’s an in-display camera?
The term in-display is a bit misleading. There is still time before we plant cameras behind the screen the same way as we do for in-display fingerprint readers, but for now, the in-display cameras are more of a circular notch close too one corner that’s supposed to be less intrusive than a regular notch. And yes, they are are also r
Since the interruption is at corners (mostly), most of the status bar is still usable and can be populated with relatively more system and app icons. OEMs also add a few gestures to get more of the in-display camera. For instance, you can swipe down in the region to direct fire the camera app on the Galaxy A8s.
Phones with an in-display camera that you can buy
So, here are the phones that are sure to include Punch hole cameras at the front.
1. Samsung Galaxy A8s
While Samsung resisted notch for the entire 2019, it became the first one to take the leap towards the in-display camera placed within a punch hole. At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018, the South-Korean giant unveiled its new notch-less concepts: the Infinity U, V, and O displays.
The Infinity-O is what we have been referring to as in-display camera or punch hole screen. The Samsung Galaxy A8s sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The front camera module of 24MP is placed within a 6.7mm cutout. The phone also sports a triple camera setup at the rear.
2. Huawei Nova 4
Samsung beat Huawei as its Nova 4 was launched a week later on December 17, 2018. The Nova 4 has a significantly smaller camera hole when compared to Galaxy A8s. Nova 4 displays a 6.4-inch FHD+ screen with a 4.5mm hole, and unlike the A8s the panel is IPS LCD. It has a screen-to-body ratio of 86.3% and brags a resolution of 2310 x 1080.
3. Honor View 20
Huawei’s sub-brand Honor officially launched V20 – its successor to the V10 – in China on December 27, 2018. However, the phone is awaiting its global launch on January 22 and Amazon Exclusive Indian launch on January 29.
The face of the Huawei View 20 features a trendy 4.5mm all-view in-display punch-hole camera. This would add to the uniqueness of this 6.4-inch full-HD+ (1080×2310 pixels) display with 19:5:9 aspect ratio. What’s more, its punch-hole is 4.5mm versus an apparent 6mm from Samsung.
4. Samsung Galaxy S10 (Upcoming)
Well, how can we miss this one? The most anticipated smartphone from Samsung. One could say that the punch-hole camera is just one amongst the pile of features that could come out on the Samsung Galaxy S10. And one of the variants could have a wide in-display camera module housing dual rear cameras.
The company would be unveiling different Galaxy S10 variants and its foldable phone on February 20.
5. Motorola P40
Motorola is also working on new design trends. Going by the leaks, the upcoming Motorola P40 will house the 12MP selfie camera within the display punch hole. On the rear, the phone is rumored to sport a 48MP camera, which again seems to be catching trend. It will also reportedly be powered by Snapdragon 675, which will succeed the popular Snapdragon 660 in mid-range phones next year.
6. Nokia 6.2 or 8.1 Plus
Like Motorola, another veteran of the mobile world, Nokia is also reported to launch a phone with punch-hole camera design. Well, the details are scarce to trust upon the name and other specs. Last month HMD Global executives had revealed that no more devices would be launched with the “Plus” branding which has been in use for the past year. This could be done for a more simplified branding strategy and ergo, the 8.1 Plus moniker seems less plausible.
7. Hisense U30
Last but not least, a lesser known brand that showed up with quite an interesting handset at CES 2019. Hisense is a Chinese multinational electronics company which came out with the first phone that packs a Samsung ISOCELL Bright GM1 48MP sensor on the rear.
There’s also a 5MP depth sensor next to it which would help in bokeh mode in your portrait shots. But, we are here to talk about its punch-hole where a 20MP selfie shooter lives. You would also like to know that the phone is powered by the new Snapdragon 675 chipset.
So, Notch-Yes or Notch-Less?
Moving ahead, the road could take us to some innovative design alternatives to Notch. Even brands like Meizu could take the Punch-Hole In-display camera route evident from their recent patents. And the only doubt we have is regarding the placement of other sensors and antennas which were otherwise housed in the notch island. Anyway, we would love to know your take on this design choices. Are you a fan of Punch-Hole design or you don’t mind the Notch? Let us know in the comments.