When it comes to the front camera on smartphones, brands have tried various solutions to ensure that the selfie camera does not affect the user experience. While waiting for the sub-screen cameras to deliver satisfactory results, Samsung is probably looking to add another option to its repertoire.
The South Korean tech giant has patented a totally different solution and wants to implement a rotating camera on its next foldable smartphone. Although from what we have seen this rotating camera module is totally wild and something we have never seen before.
Spotted by MySmartPrice, the patent filed at WIPO suggests that Samsung wants to implement a rotating camera module on its next foldable phones. This camera module uses a rod to rotate up to 180 degrees, doubling the same setup as the rear camera, if needed.
Based on the patent documents, Samsung thought of different locations for the camera module. Although ideally placed on one of the edges of the device, it could however be placed both horizontally or vertically. Additionally, when the device is folded, the cameras point outward and when the device is unfolded, the cameras automatically rotate inward to become selfie cameras.
Although the camera app also allows the user to change the position of the camera and also gives the user the freedom to control the position of the camera using a slider. This would ideally give users more control over the camera module and could allow them to take pictures from a different angle.
We have Asus adding similar controls to its tilting camera on the Zenfone 6 and allowing users to track an object with the camera as it returns to position.
However, the Samsung patent suggests that the camera module has motion sensors so that it can move around and adjust its position depending on the placement of the device.
That said, any moving part on a smartphone requires extra care, as we saw in the case of a buggy hinge in the original Galaxy Fold. Moreover, it also means that the smartphone itself becomes vulnerable to dust and water, so it would be interesting to see how Samsung manages to remove several moving parts on a foldable phone.
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