LG Electronics' existing smartphones including its latest flagship devices, the G8 ThinQ and V50 ThinQ, only have as many as two cameras on the front. However, the South Korean electronics giant may be considering adding a third snapper to the front of its future mobile device offerings.
A design patent filed with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) reveals an LG mobile device with three camera lenses encompassed by the display notch. There is no clear description, however, about the specific function of each camera. Nonetheless, current camera modules with three lenses usually include the main snapper, a depth sensor, and an ultra-wide angle lens.
The patent was submitted in October of last year and published on Friday by WIPO. It may make sense for LG to incorporate those types of lenses into its future smartphones as part of the necessary upgrades. After all, the G8 ThinQ already features a dual-camera consisting of a time-of-flight sensor that's responsible for its depth of field and a wide-angle shooter. Meanwhile, the V50 ThinQ boasts a front snapper with a standard lens and a wide-angle camera.
In addition, the device sketch illustrated in the patent shows that the device will have three cameras on the back sitting atop a fingerprint sensor. There's also the traditional power button, volume rocker, and a dedicated Google Assistant key. However, it's also possible that LG might be removing the 3.5mm audio jack from its future handsets, as shown by the sketch.