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According to a recently published patent, Sony is considering adopting the retractable mechanism, which has been adopted by quite a few companies, especially from China. This type of front camera only appears when you actually want to use it. Ideal, because if you do not use it, you have a full screen at your disposal - without a notch. However, a recently published patent shows that Sony is also considering integrating a retractable camera. The Sony device not only has a pop-up camera, but also a pop-down mechanism. This contains a speaker. There are also a number of manufacturers who have not yet introduced a smartphone with a pop-up camera. A floating camera allows for a bigger screen real estate. Sony seems to be interested in this particular design as per a recent patent.
A Sony Xperia phone with a pop-up camera?
Why not. It’s not exactly “new” but Sony can always innovate. One of the more popular ones was the popup selfie camera system, which had a raising mechanism that housed the image sensor. Now, a new report suggests that a new Sony Xperia device might also feature this technology, with its popup housing both a speaker and a camera system.
A Sony phone with a retractable camera may be introduced in the near future. It’s not clear when Sony is set to release a new Xperia phone that not only has a pop-up camera but also comes with a pop-up speaker. Interestingly, this patent was filed by Sony in Japan back in 2018. It was approved only on May 14, 2020, and is now on the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) database.
- The Sony Xperia smartphone camera features a borderless screen design. We see narrow frame edges. The pop-up camera covers the actual width of the device. What’s unique about this phone is the speaker that is also part of the pop-up mechanism.
- The bottom of the phone also shows an extendable speaker system. Instead of the pop-up, it’s pop-down.
- An impression with its 21:9 screen and triple rear cameras. We also remember the Sony Xperia 10 II as a super mid-range phone, also with a 21:9 display. The next model from the brand may have a pop-up camera and speaker if we are to believe a recent patent that surfaced.
- The top also houses a speaker, but with a lone selfie camera near the right corner. Just a narrow chin and notch are noticeable, which are the region that raises and lower. In 2013, the Sony Xperia Z was even the world's first waterproof smartphone. When using a pop-up / pop-down system, however, it becomes practically impossible to turn it into a waterproof device.
The next high-end model that is expected is the Sony Xperia 5 II, possibly that this smartphone will have a new type of selfie camera. However, this does not include a camera, but a speaker. It is therefore a dual speaker phone, where the bottom speaker unit has a 'speaker box' for extra high-quality audio. In addition to a speaker, there is also an antenna in both slider parts. Nevertheless, there are of course a number of clear advantages to the patented technology. Finally, such a pop-up / pop-down system can contribute to an extra rich multimedia experience - which is also an important spearhead for Sony. Presumably, this will be done very subtly, so that the user experience remains good.