In recent years, the proportion of mobile phone screens has reached a bottleneck. No matter how advanced the hardware is, it still can’t meet the ultimate pursuit of mobile phone users. Designers always try their best to pursue breakthroughs. They have designed curved screen, Liu Hai screen, hole digging screen and water drop screen, but they still haven’t changed the existing situation of mobile phones. Then, a scheme that can break through the front layout and close to 100% full screen is designed, that is, the lifting camera.
the ancestors of the elevator camera models like oppo find X and vivo nex really attracted a lot of people’s attention when they first came out. The screen proportion of lifting camera is very high, and it is obviously larger than that of Liu Hai screen and hole digging screen.
another reason for the fire is that the appearance of Liu Haiping screen and hole digging screen has indeed caused some consumers’ psychological resistance, and that “the screen becomes incomplete” makes them feel a little disgusted. Lift camera design has become a huge turning point. It can be said that it was popular for a whole year in 2018, but in 2020, this design gradually disappeared in people’s vision.
the design of lifting camera solves the problem of beautiful screen. The mobile phone no longer looks very abrupt like the Liu Hai screen and the hole digging screen. Moreover, the mechanical control of the “one up and one down” camera is full of a sense of technology. But this kind of design is really a double-edged sword in a sense. In order to realize it, the mobile phone will make trade-offs in many configurations.
friends familiar with the mobile phone circle should know that the weight of mobile phones has increased significantly this year. This is because 5g phones consume more power than 4G phones, so they need larger batteries. At the same time, 5g module is bigger than 4G module, so this year’s manufacturers in “control weight” can be described as a variety of tricks.
considering that these models have different screen sizes, they also have a significant impact on weight, but in general, phones with lifting structures are usually much heavier than those without lifting structures.
the reasons behind it are not hard to understand. Since the camera is to be hidden, extra space must be reserved inside the fuselage for the movable mechanical modules. Even if it is not affected by the mechanical structure, in recent years, manufacturers have returned from metal to glass, all of which have increased the weight and thickness of mobile phones to the critical point, except for large batteries, multiple cameras and wireless charging modules.
in addition, mobile phone manufacturers are now vigorously developing the camera function of mobile phones, so the camera module is becoming larger and larger. If a mechanical lifting structure is added, it will become heavier. This year’s mobile phone film and protective cover may exceed 230 grams. If mechanical lifting structure is added, the weight of the mobile phone can be reduced only by replacing the frame or rear glass with thinner materials (such as plastic, leather, etc.), which undoubtedly adds a difficulty to the R & D team.
although it is not clear that the mechanical lifting structure can not be waterproof, all mobile phones using this structure from last year to this year can not do this, that is, the waterproof of IP67 and IP68 is not specified. Therefore, we can conclude that the lifting camera head may not be waterproof. In order to increase the waterproof selling point, it is also reasonable to remove the lifting camera What should be, after all, is a choice.
and the front camera has a certain degree of maintenance cost and failure rate, especially for models that have been used for more than two years, although the frequency of bug in this system is not high, it does exist, so it is not as convenient as the mainstream models of non elevating cameras.
as for the maintenance price, as the editor did not find the maintenance price of the lift camera, I saw the components of the lift camera on Taobao, which was about 30 yuan. The price of the hardware is actually within the acceptable range.
the lift camera is not the best choice for a smartphone. Even apple and Samsung still tend to use Liu Hai screen and hole digging design on their flagship phones. This is their trade-off between functionality and experience, and there are trade-offs and sacrifices.
the ultimate form of a smartphone is still to maintain the integrity of the phone: it may not have holes, or it may hide all the components. With the help of off screen camera technology, there is no need to worry about the conflict between the screen and the front camera.
before any technology was commercially available, it was just our imagination. There is still a fundamental difference between the technology used in the laboratory and the mature mass production. The design of the lift camera is not willing to compromise “one piece of screen is missing”. It is not the best solution for smart phones, but at least so far, it is still the best choice to pursue a real full screen mobile phone, and it is also one of the weights to win the market competition.
relying on the progress of phased technology, manufacturers ensure that they can also gain differentiation advantages in the homogeneous market, and continue to wait for the emergence of more mature technologies, and make tortuous progress by repeating this process.
there are such examples in the market. Oppo and vivo, the two earliest lift camera manufacturers, with their unique design, satisfied many users who did not like the special-shaped screens such as bangs and digging holes, and successfully attracted a wave of new fans and users to pay attention to their products.
as the largest member of the digital category, the past development history of mobile phones has never been determined, and the form must be single. The elevating camera is just one of many ways, and it is bound to be a transitional phase, linking the past with the future. Connecting the past with the future to pave the way for future research and development.
in fact, for me, I prefer the elevating camera, because it can bring the display effect of nearly 100% of the screen. Compared with the hole digging screen, water drop screen and Liu Hai screen, the appearance is more neat and beautiful, the integration is higher, and the visual effect is better. The disadvantages are also obvious. I hope that in the future, the off screen camera technology can be more mature, and on the day when it comes to commercial use as soon as possible, I will have enough reasons to “chop hands” and change mobile phones.