Vivo patents slider camera design for smartphones; could be seen in future NEX phones

Highlights
    • Vivo has not used slider design on any of its smartphones yet
    • The design patent shows that the primary camera lifts up with the sliding module
    • The LED flash on the back can be seen hidden beneath the sliding module

Vivo has patented a slider design for smartphones to eliminate the need for a punch-hole, pop-up, or notch to house the selfie camera. Although the design itself does not look new as it has previously been implemented by Xiaomi on Mi MIX 3, OPPO on Find X, and even Honor on Magic 2, it would be a first for Vivo. The brand has earlier implemented pop-up selfie camera design in its phones but it looks like we might get to see a phone with sliding camera module soon as well. Considering that the brand makes bold design choices with its NEX series of smartphones, we could very well see this same form factor in the upcoming handset from the lineup.

As you can see in the design patent, the handset seems to be sporting a quad-camera setup at the back. While clicking images, presumably the primary camera lifts up automatically thanks to the sliding mechanism and reveals an LED flash. Unfortunately, apart from the sliding module, the rest of the design looks pretty standard. Oddly enough, the smartphone doesn’t seem to have a selfie camera as part of the design, but we can expect it to be housed in the sliding mechanism.

Just like other design patents, it goes without saying that the company could either choose to use this design in an actual commercial product or this design might not see the light of the day. What are your thoughts on the design? Would you rather have a punch-hole design or a sliding design? Let us know in comments.

In other news regarding Vivo, the brand’s Vivo S1 smartphone (4GB RAM model) has received a price cut of Rs 1,000 in India. Our retail sources have shared that the Rs 1,000 price cut is already in effect starting today i.e May 1st across retail stores in India. However, it needs to be pointed out that the pricing of the 6GB RAM + 128GB storage model remains unchanged as of now.