A new prototype cell-phone design from Vivo, includes a removable camera. The device is designed to offer a fitting for interchangeable cameras which can be swapped or removed altogether.
Alongside processing power, upgrades to smartphones cameras are one of the key reasons consumers site for upgrading to new models. A smartphone with a removable, repairable, and replaceable camera could extend the usable life of smartphones for consumers.
Perhaps more importantly, this removable camera design could offer added privacy control. Inbuilt smartphones cameras have been used to monitor and transmit information beyond what users are aware of or have agreed to, making a removable camera an attractive option for those seeking increased privacy. Does this prototype signal demand for greatly increased privacy control from the public? And, if so, will major manufacturers like Apple, Huawei and Samsung take note and follow suite?