Oppo is working on a full-screen smartphone: how it will be made

Oppo has filed a patent at WIPO for the realization of the smartphone of the future in which the screen steals the scene

In the absence of Huawei, stopped by the US ban after a race through which it had managed in a few years to reach the level of competition to the sound of innovations, to push along with several others on the pedal of innovation is Oppo, Chinese giant of which a patent has just emerged for the realization of an all-screen smartphone.

The market is full of Android smartphones whose frontal surface is all (or almost) occupied by the screen, but manufacturers want to hit the fans with even more powerful solutions. The goal, which also transpires from Oppo's patent, is to design a smartphone in which the screen really occupies all the available space, so both the front and the back, with the exception of a few areas intended for essential components such as cameras. Oppo's solution follows others, similar, of Huawei or Samsung, which in the past have filed similar patents. Oppo's dates back to May 4, 2021, when the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) announced that it had registered the documentation.

Oppo's patent for the all-display smartphone

Oppo's all-screen smartphone has the front, back and even the left side occupied by the screen, while the right side remains available to the user along with a small portion of the rear surface to hold the smartphone and to house the camera group, in the patent composed of four elements in addition to the LED flash.

The drawing attached to Oppo's patent, as is normal on occasions like this, is rather schematic. So, given the charm of such an audacious solution, the Dutch graphic designer Jermaine Smit has used that base to give the Oppo project a realistic appearance.

The one in the images is and remains an "autonomous" elaboration, that is to say deriving from the designer's imagination and in no way referable to Oppo or to credible rumors. The project is fascinating, but for the current state of technological development seems, roughly, also difficult to achieve in terms of assembly and durability.

Oppo however has shown through the patent approved by WIPO to have concrete ideas for its implementation. In the document, the company explains how to glue the screen to the central frame and how qualified personnel could eventually remove it to replace it after damage.

A very thin steel plate is used between the screen and the frame. In this way, the flexible display is optimally supported and a fairly thin screen can be used.

Not only display, also cameras galore

Although the documentation mainly concerns the assembly of the all-screen smartphone, Oppo's patent also talks in depth about the cameras, on which the company seems to have focused extensively despite the fact that the device's special feature is, of course, the screen.

The camera group of the prototype is composed of several lenses: the images show four of them in the classic vertical arrangement. The documentation also shows the possibility of adding more cameras. Who knows if and when we will be able to admire bold smartphones like the one from Oppo.