2018 is the year of creative smartphone design

Truly bezel-less displays, pop-up cameras, in-display fingerprint sensors…

Oppo’s new Find X, which is being officially announced in Paris today, combines a number of trendy design ideas, plus some even newer tricks, to fit an extremely large 6.4-inch display into a phone that you can still hold in one hand. The Find X’s design is so space efficient that Oppo claims it has a screen to body ratio of 92.25 percent. And it does this without utilizing a notch, which should make at least some people happy.

The most interesting aspect of the Find X’s design is its camera system, which is completely hidden when the phone is off or the camera app is closed. When you turn the Find X on and open the camera app, the entire top section of the phone motorizes up and reveals a 25-megapixel front-facing camera, 3D facial scanningTechnology system, and 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual rear camera. Close the camera app and the whole assembly motors back into the phone’s chassis. Oppo says the camera can open in just 0.5 seconds, and based on my experience, that seems fairly accurate.

With similar approach is Vivo NEX S (and NEX A), also known as the prototype Apex S. The main highlight of the two devices is the 8MP pop-up selfie camera that reveals itself only when you open the camera app. Vivo has used precise micro-stepping motors with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms to enable the pop-up camera. Apart from this, the company has used Screen SoundCasting Technology to replace the traditional earpiece, which is similar to what Xiaomi has used in the Mi Mix 2. Vivo has hidden the light sensor at the bottom of the screen using ray data compensation algorithm.

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