Doesn’t matter if they make sense or not, It doesn’t matter if consumers are asking for them, but Smartphone trends just catch on like wildfire. Especially when these are design trends.
Both Google and Apple will launch their flagships next month and it’s amply clear that both of these phones will have a square camera module, something that we first saw and admired on Huawei’s Mate 20 Pro. But this year with the iPhone 12 and Pixel 4 embracing the square camera hump, we are sure many more will follow suit. If you ask us, this should be a welcome change until it's overdone to death, which eventually will surely be the case.
Anyway, if you are like-minded and agree that the square camera modules are a refreshing change of pace, then here’s a list that you may consider if you are buying a phone this year.
Apple's upcoming iPhone 11 that's due for a September launch will also have a square camera module that shall house triple rear cameras. The 7nm A13 chipset powered iPhone 11, iPhone 11S, and iPhone 11R are also expected to include a new Taptic engine and an upgraded multi-angle Face ID.
If you are an Android fan like me, I know it's tough to hear - but yes, most of what Apple does is enthusiastically embraced on the Android side of the table (in fact, the only exception to this sentiment is perhaps 3D touch). So once the iPhone 11 is out, we expect a deluge of similar-looking Android phones.
Google Pixel 4
The Pixel 4 will go official next month, but Google has officially revealed a few juicy tidbits related to this upcoming phone, including the design. Pixel 4 has a square camera module that houses two cameras and an LED flash. When the Pixel camera is already a few generations ahead, imagine what an extra sensor might bring in.
The handset will also have a notch-free screen with top and bottom bezels and 90Hz refresh rate, iPhone-like 3D face unlock, and support for hands-free gestures (aka Project Soli). The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL are expected to be powered by Snapdragon 855 chipset paired with 6GB RAM, house stereo speakers, and support USB PD fast charging.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 Pro was one of the best Huawei phones we have seen so far. It was also the first one to include a square camera module, one that Huawei marketed as a window to see through. The Mate 20 Pro is powered by 7nm Kirin 980 chipset, has an awesome AMOLED display with curved edges, is one of the rare few compact flagships, and has a long-lasting battery with impressive fast charging. The Mate 20 Pro also pioneered reverse wireless charging and had the first snappy in-display fingerprint sensor (which is also super easy to access).
Needless to say, even after a year since its official debut, the Mate 20 Pro remains to be a competent buy - something we don't get to say very often in this industry.
Motorola One Zoom
Lenovo's upcoming Motorola Zoom will also brandish a square (or rather rectangular camera system). The elements of the square are four rear cameras, the primary one being the Sony IMX586 48MP resolution sensor.
Motorola continues forward with its 21:9 cinema vision display, but thankfully gets rid of its thick, evil-eye in-display notch. Details regarding One Zoom are still scarce, but we can safely assume that being a part of 'One' series, the Zoom will run pure Android software with some custom enhancements like One navigation, moto action gestures, etc. sprinkled around the interface.
List of phones with Square camera module
These are a few phones that flaunt a square camera module, but many more are surely on their way. We will update the list as and when more options surface.