LG Innotek has begun developing an advanced “under panel camera” (UPC) that has no visible lens hole. According to TheElec, such screens will be designed for full-screen iPhones without cutouts or holes.
UPC technology means that the camera lens is not visible when the camera application is not running. In this case, an image can be displayed above the camera area in an inactive state. UPC is also called under display camera (UDC).
Since the UPC camera is located below the display, the amount of light transmitted to the image sensor is less than that of a regular front camera module. Because of this structure, under-screen cameras do not produce very high-quality pictures and videos.
LG Innotek is developing a special lens called Freeform Optic to overcome the UPC limitations of not producing enough light. The patent states: “By using a Freeform Optic lens, the thickness of the peripheral lens can be controlled, thereby reducing optical system and optical module aberration (a phenomenon in which images are blurred due to the shape of the lens), as well as increasing the amount of light received. The image quality can be improved.”
Although LG Innotek has already begun development, the use of such displays in iPhones can only be expected after 2026, according to TheElec. Apple has reportedly already received UPC samples from other companies, but has rated their performance as unsatisfactory.
Apple is reportedly planning to place Face ID sensors under the screen before moving to UPC technology. Then the iPhone will have one round hole instead of the Dynamic Island.
“The worst product Apple has ever released,” “It’s a piece of garbage.” Users are disappointed with the quality of FineWoven iPhone 15 cases
It seems that Apple has rushed the release of FineWoven cases for the new iPhone 15, as they receive more and more criticism from users and reviewers.
WSJ columnist Joanna Stern had this to say about FineWoven’s own iPhone 15 Pro case: “The edges are peeling, the fabric is scratched, looks like an old CD, and turns brown like a rotten banana.”
Apple scored a big green deal on the FineWoven case when it was announced alongside the iPhone 15 models in the fall. Replacing the company’s leather cases, Apple said the FineWoven material is an “elegant and durable new textile” and that it’s made from 68% “recycled material”. Amazing. But with FineWoven everything is not so good.
She also pointed to reviews on Best Buy and Amazon with user comments saying it was “the worst product Apple has ever made.” Surveys conducted on various sites confirm that the majority in each case chose the option “this is a piece of garbage.”
Fellow reviewer John Graber writes, “After five months, it really feels like FineWoven is a failure in terms of durability compared to Apple’s previous leather cases.”
This is Meizu 21 Pro. The company showed its latest smartphone close up
Meizu has officially published an image of the flagship smartphone Meizu 21 Pro, which will be presented at a special event on February 29.
The smartphone wallpapers were chosen in such a way that users would not be able to estimate the width of the frame before the announcement and the appearance of the devices in the hands of journalists.
Officials said the phone will feature a 6.79-inch screen and will offer comfortable one-handed operation. It is known to support fast charging up to 80W.
Let us remind you that Meizu previously announced its decision to stop developing new smartphones. Instead, the company decided to focus its efforts on developing and creating “devices of tomorrow” controlled by artificial intelligence.
Nokia 3310 5G launches in May, another Nokia feature phone and two HMD Global smartphones will follow in July
HMD Global announced three mobile phones at MWC 2024, including two feature phones and two smartphones.
HMD Global says corresponding feature phones cost between $120 and $180, while smartphones cost around $480.
The yellow feature phone is a Nokia 3310 5G powered by Sailfish OS. This is expected to be the last Nokia-branded phone produced by HMD Global. It will be released in May.
The pink feature phone will also run Sailfish OS. Supposedly, it will be called Nokia 2660. HMD Global claims that this phone is a “Barbie-style flip phone created in collaboration with Mattel.”
As for smartphones, the new product is codenamed HMD Legend. There will also be an HMD Legend Pro version. The difference lies in the system and RAM: HMD Legend runs Sailfish OS, while HMD Legend Pro runs Android. They will receive 4 and 8 GB of RAM, respectively, Unisoc T606 and a 108-megapixel camera.
The last three models will be released in July.
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