In 2018 the high-end war met
a difficulty, where they were going to put the front camera to reduce still
plus screen frames ?, situation that started a strange trend and
interesting among manufacturers for devising systems that would allow them to remove
screen camera to have thinner frames and make others look
market phones like old equipment.
OPPO and VIVO started the adventure
It was in the CES 2018 When the Chinese brand, Vivo, showed us the prototype of a retractable camera phone, that is, the camera module came from inside the device. The idea was interesting, but due to the novelty, doubts about its functionality began to arise, and the fact that the team took a long time to go to market led users to question whether this was really a solution that justified abandoning the cameras. front of its classic position to bet on this type of innovations.
But it was until OPPO arrived with the Find X that everything began to make sense, because this was the first phone to reach the market with a mechanism that hides the front camera, and which only came out when we needed it, proving that the idea was interesting and functional, although the resistance of this type of mechanism was always in doubt.
After OPPO we saw how more manufacturers began to add to this trend, Xiaomi arrived with the Mi MIX 3, which offered a totally different idea than what we saw in the OPPO Find X and the Vivo Nex, because basically what this phone was doing was to slide your screen down to show the front camera.
There were also the Honor models that copied the idea
Xiaomi, OPPO on its own designed other types of mechanisms similar to those
of the Find X for the Reno 10X Zoom, however, it seemed that this war of
strange designs to get rid of the camera was coming to an end with a
system that many manufacturers began to use, and which came directly
of the Vivo Nex, that is, of the interior module that comes out whenever we want
take a selfie.
OnePlus, Huawei, Honor and Xiaomi bet a lot on this system
The idea of the Mi MIX 3 was perhaps not the best or the most comfortable,
and Xiaomi decided to go for the Vivo Nex style retractable camera with its
My 9T and Mi 9T Pro, while the Oneplus 7 Pro and and 7T Pro also used
this mechanism last year. For its part, Huawei use it for devices
like the P Smart Z, the Y9 Prime or the Honor 9X.
Even Samsung dared with a similar mechanism in the Galaxy A80, although this their idea was to flip the rear camera to use it in front when necessary.
All this led us to think that the retractable camera would probably be the trend to follow in the coming years, since all the aforementioned phones were presented in 2019, however, this technology was destined to die.
Samsung and Huawei killed the retractable cameras
Although the boom in retractable cameras came in 2019, it was at the end of 2018 when the technology that ended this passing fad was presented, and it came hand in hand with Samsung and Huawei with the Galaxy A8s and Honor View 20.
And is that these were the first two phones in the world
with the famous perforated screen, and they were announced with a few hours of
difference, however, at the time they did not generate as much noise as
In the case of Samsung, the firm followed its action plan and gave this feature to its high-end 2019, as the S10 were the first teams in the world in this range to debut the leaky screen, while Huawei opted for the notch drop in the P40 and by the classic notch (in the style of the iPhone) in the Mate 30 Pro, although some inexpensive high-end models of Huawei and Honor s got to use the perforated screen last year, however, it was until the end from 2019 when Huawei started using such technology with recurrence.
2020 is the year of perforated screens
It seems that in the end Samsung was right, the perforated screen seems to be the future in this war for having screens with increasingly smaller frames, because they are not only aesthetically better, but also more comfortable and faster to use compared to phones with retractable cameras.
Proof of this is that many Chinese brands that at the time
bet on the retractable cameras now they are launching smartphones with holes
on the screen, here is the case of the Xiaomi Mi 10, the Realme X50 Pro 5G or the OPPO
Find X2 (successor to OPPO's first retractable camera phone). Indicating
that brands like OnePlus, Vivo, and other companies will probably end up adopting
perforated screens instead of retractable cameras.