We live in the golden age of concept renderings that somehow make their way into reality. For better or worse, ugly is the new beautiful. Apple made it a trendy thing a few years ago with the Notch on iPhone X.
Since then, the ugly has become, if not beautiful, at least less noticeable, and certainly mainstream acceptable. iPhone-like Notches are everywhere, including on Google Pixels. What’s next? Ugly cameras on popular smartphones?
Smartphones need ever more cameras to compete with DSLRs and those beautiful, albeit cumbersome, camera lenses which help to render near-perfect photos and videos. First there was one, then two cameras, then three cameras. Then five. It’s 2019 and iPhone is due to have at least three cameras, so what will the lens array look like?
Let the render games begin.
Once a few of the rather ugly smartphone camera renders hit the streets, Google decided enough was enough and teased a little reality.
A smartphone with three or four cameras needs to house those cameras and what better location than a drop dead ugly square on the back?
The renders are in. Reality is real. Ugly is the new beautiful. Even Google thinks the new ugly is such bad PR that it’s better to get out in front of the ugly rather than suffer the consequences later, so just weeks after Pixel 3a made its debut, Pixel 4 shows up.
We’ve already seen a few similar renders of iPhone 11’s square camera housing, so now that the cat is out of the bag, let the howling begin.
Personally, I don’t mind the square bump too much. Yes, the square is ugly, but Apple will find a way to spin it up as beautiful and by next year ugly will be the new beautiful and you’ll see the square bump show up on Android smartphones that don’t even have that many cameras.
I consider the ugly square lens bump style to be something akin to the camera bump on recent iPhone models; when the camera lens extrudes just a bit, causing a bump that makes the camera wobble when placed on a flat surface.
That isn’t a terrible design because, 1) thin is in, 2) anything wobbly in its infancy is cute, and 2) the actual bump on the case is covered up by the iPhone’s case (because a case is the only insurance you get that’s less than AppleCare).
Leave it to Apple and the tech industry to turn ugly into beautiful and make us pay extra for it.