We can say that the design of the new smartphone is built around a front-facing camera: one under it drill the holes in the screen, others make complex travelling and rotating mechanisms, the third insert the “unibrow”. Variations are many, but the essence is — in the pursuit of bermocoll all rests in the obsessive “eye” in the front. But just to throw it no one dares, because for many users it is the window to the Internet… through which they are seen by other users.

Camera for self portraits stuck in the phone, what are the stages of development passed, and what will happen to her next? Let’s deal.

A brief history

Surprisingly, the first camera phone appeared in the front. In 1999, the Japanese firm Kyocera has released a model VP-210 with a web camera for video communication that has captured the face of the owner with a frequency of 2 frames per second. Also she could take pictures with a resolution of 0.11 Megapixels.

A year later, the Japanese reasserted itself, releasing the Sharp J-SH04. He took the camera from the back side, and next to it there was a special mirror. So it was possible not only to admire his reflection, but also to take stunning selfies with a resolution of 0.35 MP.

In 2002, Samsung released a “clamshell” SGH-V200, which was a turning camera. It rotates 180 degrees and in theory allows you to take a self-portrait. However, the resolution is 0.1 MP and no auto-rotate (selfie turned upside down) is not particularly attracted users.

A year later came the Sony Ericsson Z1010. It was the first phone with two cameras, a 1.3 MP in the rear and the front 0.3 MP under the screen.

It is noteworthy that in smartphones this combination of cameras appeared only in 2010, when he released the iPhone 4 and HTC Evo 4G.


Since smart phones have got front camera, social media was flooded with selfies. Riding the wave of the trend, manufacturers began to experiment. So in 2013 saw the light of the Oppo N1 — the first smartphone with a rotating camera.

The model continued, “nice deal” Samsung SGH-V200, but this time the engineers have not forgotten about the auto-rotate and equipped with a decent camera sensor of 13 MP. By the way, it’s more than a selfie-camera of its competitors.

At some point users are so enthusiastic about selfies that the one camera they became a little. Demand creates supply, and in 2015 appeared LG V10. He received the unusual composition of the sub-screen and two front facing cameras to the left of it. Technically, it can even be considered the first smartphone with a cutout in the display. Second frontalka was wide and was intended for group self-portraits.

And yet, the major experimenters in the direction of selfies were the Chinese. Some manufacturers from China came to put a second screen on the back of the smartphone that the user could remove themselves from the main camera. This was the flagship Meizu 2016 model Pro 7.

Although the device was equipped with a front-facing camera, the ability to use the second screen as the viewfinder was attracted by the “network of daffodils”. All the same quality of pictures with the main camera have been much higher.

The pursuit of bermocoll

As time went on, the screens of smartphones grew, the indentation from the top decreased. Front camera has become crowded, and manufacturers began to think where to put it.

When I came out iPhone X, the world shuddered. It’s Apple fans fall off their chairs from excitement. The world was not ready for “monopoly”, but a year later the market was flooded with similar solutions from other companies.

Over time, manufacturers learned how to make neckline smaller, and users are accustomed to this design. Some smartphone it even was. So, many liked OnePlus 6T with a neat “keyhole” cut.

However, there were original attempts to solve the problem. For example, Vivo, NEX with the leaving frontalka.

Someone even remembered the sliders and split the phone into two parts. This solution is used in the Xiaomi Mi 3 MIX, where the front panel with the screen down, revealing the review for selfie camera.

Others have developed the idea with the second screen embedded in Meizu Pro 7. So, Nubia X has swapped front-facing camera on the large display on the rear side acting as a viewfinder when taking a selfie.

Latest trend — the camera is mounted directly to the display. Most likely, this design will come many manufacturers in the near future. And the first available model with a “hole” in the screen View 20 Honor.

What’s next

Yet everyone is trying to solve the issue with the front camera, but eventually everything will come to the most convenient and aesthetically pleasing solution. What it will be is unclear. One can only assume that the development of technology will allow you to integrate the camera into the screen and make it invisible.

Due to what producers will be able to achieve this? For example, invent a new type of screen that will become partially transparent when front camera is switched on. This principle patented by the company Essential based Creator of Android Andy Rubin. So the next model Phone may Essential to put an end to the cutouts and the holes in the screen, as well as complex sliding mechanisms.

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