Imagine that on the back of the smartphone, we have a single camera that can rotate. That is, if necessary, the module can rotate along the vertical or horizontal axis by 180 degrees, allowing you to shoot from different angles. The user will not need to move its smartphone to find the desired tilt, it will be enough just to rotate the camera module.
The patent itself was filed in China at the end of 2020 and was discovered by LetsGoDigital. It was named “Camera Module and Electronic Equipment”. A magnet is in use to rotate the camera, and when shooting in normal mode, the mechanism should show itself as an improved image stabilization system. Its principle may be similar to the sensor-shift optical image stabilization technology used in the new iPhones.
At the moment, it is not clear whether OnePlus plans to implement its idea or is it destined, like most patents, to remain just an idea on paper. Even if the company decides to realize its plans, it will not happen soon.
OnePlus may return to the production of “flagship killers” – affordable smartphones with powerful features
During the past years, OnePlus built a reputation for delivering flagship smartphones at an affordable price point. For this, the company’s devices were even called “flagship killers”. OnePlus smartphones have grown in price over time, equaling this indicator with flagship products from other manufacturers. However, now it seems that the brand intends to return to its roots.
The authoritative Chinese tech blog Digital Chat Station stated that OnePlus is working on a new range of smartphones, the main features of which will be high performance and gaming-oriented, as well as an affordable price. Reports point that smartphones of the new series in China will cost from $315 to $475. As a rule, the cost of smartphones in other countries exceeds the Chinese; but it is unlikely that the prices of new products will reach the level of other flagships.
Digital Chat Station reports that the smartphones of the new series will be running on the basis of flagship chipsets and will receive flat displays. We do not yet know more characteristics details, including the models of chipsets in use. Potentially, these can be either the current Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 or MediaTek Dimensity 9000; or solutions from past years, such as the Snapdragon 888, which is also very good for the cost.
In order to reduce the cost of new products, OnePlus will make a number of compromises; regarding, for example, cameras, moisture protection, support for wireless charging, or other minor functions. Unfortunately, there are no more details about OnePlus’ new “flagship killers” yet, however, they will probably start to appear soon.