Oppo files patent for device with sensors under ‘3D waterfall’ display

Oppo is well known for innovating in the smartphone space. They are pushing the envelope once again, and recently filed a patent for a phone with sensors under the revolutionary ‘waterfall display’.

Let’s Go Digital tracked down a patent initially filed in November 2018 with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The documents can be viewed here and here.

A screen unlike any other

The documents describe a smartphone with a full screen design, where all four sides of the screen are rounded. It is a very futuristic model with no top or bottom bezel visible at all.

The patent was published on 26 September 2019 and also mentions of a full-screen design. It features a translucent screen surface which allows light to shine through.

The sensors are located here:

oppo waterfall screen
This high-resolution 3D render of the Oppo was created by Let’s Go Digital

The light sensor is able to adjust the brightness of the screen to the environment. If there is little ambient light, the screen will automatically switch to a darker position.

Oppo’s ‘waterfall screen’ the future of smartphones

Curved edges stretching even further

The edges of Oppo’s ‘waterfall screen’ are angled at 88 degrees. The screen cascades past the edge of the front display from the front screen. It extends past the front display to include the sides of the phone.

As a result, there are no hardware buttons visible on the side of the phone. In fact, no hardware buttons are visible at all in the images.

“With the innovative ‘Waterfall Screen’ design, OPPO will soon deliver an immersive visual experience and innovative aesthetic to users.”

Beautiful landscapes deserve Ultra Wide Angle mode #OPPOReno2 🌄

— OPPO (@oppo) October 10, 2019

Besides the lack of buttons along the side of the phone, the image also begs the question of how and why Oppo have decided to extend the screen along the side of the phone.

If it is part of the touch screen, it would be a nightmare to try and prevent accidental input.

Rumours and speculation

If the added screen area is just there to increase the viewing area, it seems like a lot of effort to add a few extra centimetres to the display when viewing videos.

Image via Twitter: @Oppo

Also read – Oppo Reno files smartphone patent with updated camera system

Another exciting thing about the phone is that there doesn’t seem to be a visible notch or cut-out for the front-facing camera.

It’s entirely possible it may have a pop-up camera. Perhaps we may finally see the first phone to sport the much-rumoured but still commercially unavailable under-display front camera.

Paving the way with Oppo Find Y

The Oppo Find X can well be described as being ahead of it’s time but there may be more in store. According to a leaked document shared by Let’s Go Digital, Oppo recently trademarked Oppo Find Y as well.

Thanks to Let’s Go Digital‘s 3D renders, based on the WIPO document, we have a fairly clear image of what the Oppo Find Y will look like.

This high-resolution 3D render of the Oppo was created by Let’s Go Digital.

We are not yet certain what the company plans to offer with the Oppo Find Y. It is very likely that the phone will have some innovative technology, just like its predecessors.

Note: The high-resolution 3D renders of the Oppo devices used in this article was created by Let’s Go Digital.

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