Years after the Android market, Apple would finally manage to replace the notch with a punch on the iPhone 14… just as the premium Android segment is about to go to the camera below the screen.
In recent years, Apple has often been mocked for the lack of evolution of its iPhones: charging speed, notch screen, still no foldable iPhone … 2022 should still give food to the detractors of the Apple brand.
The iPhone 14 adopts the punch …
We are indeed learning via the PowerOn newsletter of Bloomberg that the iPhone 14 should finally abandon the unsightly notch to adopt a design based on the punch, a technique that has become the majority today on Android smartphones, even on entry and mid-range.
Apple should finally get started, a few years after the first Android models. The Cupertino company had so far been forced to keep the notch in order to free up space for Face ID sensors and scanners.
… when the Pixel 7 loses its
Meanwhile, 2022 should mark the democratization of the withdrawal of the punch on Android mobiles, in favor of the selfie camera under the screen, as on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Several brands are expected to launch such devices this year, including Google.
The Dutch publication LetsGoDigital spotted a patent filed by Google in August 2021, which describes a front photo sensor technology positioned under the slab. The manufacturer explains in the document that it is a solution which makes it possible to increase the useful surface of the screen without increasing the dimensions of the smartphone.
The Pixel 7 Pro (or even the Pixel 7) could benefit from such a feature. According to the patent, the camera (s) are placed in the upper right corner, and the light sensor, in the upper left corner, under the OLED screen. The part of the panel above the sensors would become non-emissive in order to allow light to pass through.
Google had previously thought about using an under-display and prism to get the lenses under the screen, but this method was deemed too expensive.