LG files patent for smartphone with three selfie cameras

Ricky, 20 April 2019

LG submitted a patent for a smartphone that features basic sketches of the device, outfitted with three rear cameras and three front-facing cameras. The patent was registered with the WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office) and went live on Friday.

The device in the diagrams appears to have three cameras in the notch cluster above the phone. Each camera’s function isn’t explicitly described, but we could speculate that one has a standard lens, another – ultra-wide, and the third might be a ToF sensor. Maybe not in that particular order, but given the LG G8’s inclusion of the ToF sensor, this could be a possible setup for a triple camera.

Given the design of the smartphone in the diagram, this could very well be a successor to the LG V50 that launched about a couple of months ago at the MWC. The rear looks very similar to the LG V50 with its horizontally placed triple camera. In fact, the overall design is very similar to LG’s current flagships.

The left side features the same separate volume keys and dedicated Google Assistant key. The right side has the power key and a long SIM/microSD card tray. Even the top of the device is blank like the LG G8 and V40.

Aside from the triple selfie cameras, one key difference is the absence of a headphone jack. Could this indicate LG will stop offering the feature in a future device? Maybe not right now, but this far into the trend of removing a headphone jack, it probably won’t be missed as much by the general population. Audiophiles, on the other hand – they might probably be devastated to no longer have the Quad-DAC.

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  • Andy

No. No. Bad LG. Smaller notches, not bigger ones. One selfie camera is fine, software can do the bokeh stuff. Look how stupid the S10 Plus looks with its tic-tac cutout

Since when TOF is considered as another camera. Nokia 9 pureview have also 5 cameras plus a TOF unit and still everybody is talking about 5 camera setup not 6.

  • Anonymous

"The day will come when phones have more front cameras than rear cameras, and that will be a very sad day." What's wrong with this GSMArena? You need to sack your forum moderator.