Asus managed to surprise many people with the Zenfone 6. It is the first full-screen phone from the Taiwanese manufacturer. This is possible through the implementation of a rotating camera. The double camera system automatically folds when you take a selfie. At the end of last year, the company had already filed a patent for several smartphone models, some with a pop-up camera, others with a hole in the screen.
Asus seems to intend to present other full-screen models in the near future. On May 21, 2019, a design patent of Asus Computer was published in the global design database of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). This time, full-screen smartphones are equipped with a sliding camera.
Asus full-screen phone with slider camera
It is a total of 10 different models. All phones have a full-screen design, only a narrow frame remains visible at the bottom. The back is the same for all variants. Here you can see a double camera, placed horizontally apart, with a flash in between. This camera system has a design similar to the recently introduced Zenfone 6. However, this time it is not a folding camera, but an extensible camera.
Since it is a design patent, the description is brief. However, it contains an important detail. With 5 of the 10 models, the sliding system only works upwards, as we now know by other mobile phones, such as the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. With the other 5 models, the system can also slide downwards, creating a double slider system. Apart from the sliding system, these models coincide exactly with the first 5 variants.
Asus smartphone with dual slider system
All patented Asus phone models show a double front camera. The placement and the distance between the cameras differ. The microphone and the flash are also integrated with different ways in the extensible system. There are also some physical buttons on the sides, which function as on/off switches and as volume buttons. The lower part offers space for a connection to charge the device.
It seems that Asus is really trying to launch a smartphone model of this type. It’s not the first time we’ve heard of an Asus phone with a dual-slide control system. Last month, Evan Blass published a series of conceptual photos of an Asus 5G dual-slider phone through Twitter. The concepts come from one of the designers of Asus in Zenfone 5.
The images showed a large number of similarities with the patent published this week. It can also be seen in the images that the lower slider system could be used as a speaker and/or for audio control. For this, Asus would seek cooperation with Harman Kardon, the two companies have been working together for some time for the Taiwanese manufacturer’s ultrabooks, laptops, and laptops.
By the way, there is still a noticeable difference, for example, there is no visible fingerprint scanner in the patent images and the concept of photos. It is not yet known if this will ultimately be placed behind the screen, but it is certainly not unthinkable, as more and more models have a fingerprint sensor on the screen.
It remains to be seen when Asus presents its first 5G device. The first 5G smartphone is now available in Europe, it’s the Oppo Reno 5G that was introduced last month. This is also a full-screen phone, but the Chinese manufacturer has opted for a tilted pop-up camera, which makes it look more elegant.
Oppo was also the first manufacturer in the world to introduce a smartphone with a rotating camera. Long before the Zenfone 6 and the Galaxy A80 were launched. The Oppo N1 was already introduced in 2013. Obviously, this was not a full-screen phone yet, but an automatic rotating camera already had this device.