Triple front - facing cameras in smartphones-a new trend?

The recently introduced Samsung Galaxy A80 surprised with an innovation – three cameras on a sliding slider, and these cameras can rotate, working both main and front. The triple main camera has already become the standard among flagships, and the developers have built as many as four into the Huawei P30 Pro. The wow effect of the Galaxy A80 was that you can take selfies with its three cameras. So far, we have not seen a triple front-facing camera, although we are not sure if it is necessary.

Meanwhile, rumors have surfaced online that LG and Xiaomi are working on smartphones with three front-facing cameras. It seems that some companies have decided to put a serious emphasis on selfie cameras, and this is changing the usual trends and standards. Is this the case, and are front-facing cameras a new trend? We will try to answer this question.

What does a triple camera do?

The triple camera in the Samsung Galaxy A80 is a fairly powerful main camera, complete with a 3D depth sensor and an ultra-wide-angle lens. The first two allow you to take beautiful portrait selfies, as the depth sensor adds a background blur effect. The latter camera is good for selfies in the company of friends or against the background of landscapes and attractions.

In all likelihood, other companies can support Samsung's ideas used in the Galaxy A80, especially since they look thoughtful, allowing you to take any type of selfie. Interestingly, unlike the main cameras, the front-facing ones do not necessarily have a flash-in many devices, such as the Huawei P30, the screen itself glows to create a flash effect at low light levels.

Who needs such selfies?

Not all smartphone users dream of great selfies. But, at the same time, not all of them need a super-powerful processor, four main cameras, and so on. Therefore, the answer to the question "who needs it" is rather a matter of taste.

A large enough audience will find the triple front-facing camera useful. This applies to those smartphone users who like to share their mood in social networks and save pleasant moments of life for themselves. Selfies are one way to showcase yourself and introduce yourself to the world. A wide-angle camera is useful for those who like to be in the company of friends or are fond of traveling. Many people have faced the fact that it is very problematic to take a high-quality selfie against the background of mountain peaks or with friends. A wide-angle lens can solve this problem.

What will it look like?The front-facing cameras in the Samsung Galaxy A80 are located on a rotating unit and are part of a retractable rear panel. A large number of moving parts that must withstand repeated use-this may be a disadvantage of the new generation of smartphones.

The innovative Samsung Galaxy Fold model has already faced the problem of durability, and this was primarily due to the presence of a movable part - a folding screen. From this point of view, the extendable camera unit in the Galaxy A80 and the upcoming Xiaomi may be the first step towards durable and reliable mobile elements of modern smartphones – if, of course, it is implemented qualitatively.

One of the main reasons for the appearance of mobile panels in phones is to find a place for cameras and speakers. The goal of the developers is to free up the screen, making it truly frameless, and remove the " eyebrow", which is not to the liking of most users. That is why designers are looking for all new options for placing front-facing cameras.

Different companies do things differently. Some people create fully rotating camera blocks, like in the Galaxy A80, some use sliders like the one found in the Oppo Find X, or small-sized slide-out blocks (such as we expect to see in the upcoming OnePlus 7). In any case, there are many ideas.

According to some rumors and information about patents, developers continue to look for the next options for the location of front-facing cameras. For example, in the expected Axon V, the cameras can be located on a special retractable "wing", which will be hidden in the side of the device. And in the Oppo Reno, apparently, the camera unit will be hidden in a movable module made in the shape of a shark fin. Xiaomi's patent places a selfie camera at the bottom of the screen, and Google's patent, likely implying a future Pixel 4 model, doesn't mention front-facing cameras at all.

It seems that according to the principle of placing front-facing cameras, the upcoming flagships, and smartphones in general, will be significantly different in the near future. If there is no particular variety to achieve in the field of performance and quality of screens, and the requirements for them are approximately the same, then with regard to the location of selfie cameras, many design options and a lot of fresh ideas are possible.