Vivo has designed a smartphone digicam that detaches from the principle physique of the telephone and takes a chunk of the show with it, a curious design determination that enables the principle cameras for use for selfies… and extra.

This new design seems to be an development on one which the corporate confirmed off in October of final yr. That design idea went on to win a Crimson Dot Award, however it by no means grew to become a shopper purchasable product. It seems Vivo didn’t simply relaxation on its laurels, nonetheless, and iterated on the design additional.

Having the digicam come out of the telephone and in addition be totally detachable would make it attainable to permit the system to interchange with different digicam modules. By separating the digicam from the telephone, the thought is that the design would improve user-friendly taking pictures options which can be usually constrained throughout the design of a cell system.

This newest iteration ditches the pop-up characteristic and as a substitute integrates the digicam module with a chunk of the show. In accordance with the patent — which was discovered and illustrated by LetsGoDigital — this design would permit the digicam for use in three other ways.

The primary mode would permit the module to be positioned so the secondary show — which is concerning the dimension of an iPhone front-facing notch — faces the entrance. The pixel density of this secondary show is an identical to that of the smartphone’s important show, so it blends into the principle display as if it was one seamless show.

The second mode includes flipping the module round 180-degrees in order that the cameras face the person. The primary good thing about this orientation is that it permits using the principle cameras as selfie cameras.

Lastly, the third mode includes eradicating the digicam and show piece from the physique of the smartphone totally for distant operation. On this mode, the module can be utilized individually from the smartphone and the tiny show can be utilized to take photos remotely. That small display piece can be utilized to function the digicam and in addition see previews of pictures or movies which can be captured with it. Theoretically, it also needs to be attainable to manage the unit remotely with the principle physique of the smartphone to take wide-angle selfies with teams that may in any other case not be attainable from a hand-held orientation — for instance, a person may set the module down on a bench or different floor and take a distant picture of themselves.

Whereas removable or interchangeable digicam modules often come up in designs and patents, it hasn’t been seen in a shopper product but. Whereas neat on paper, these concepts do have a complication in real-world use: small, interchangeable components are very simply misplaced and are possible costly to interchange. Whereas it’s unlikely that Vivo will launch such an idea in a completed product, it’s nonetheless value noting that the corporate is investigating new methods to combine cameras into smartphones.