(19)
(11)EP 3 579 077 A1

(12)EUROPEAN PATENT APPLICATION
published in accordance with Art. 153(4) EPC

(43)Date of publication:
11.12.2019 Bulletin 2019/50

(21)Application number: 18764579.1

(22)Date of filing:  05.02.2018
(51)International Patent Classification (IPC): 
G06F 1/16(2006.01)
G06F 3/01(2006.01)
(86)International application number:
PCT/CN2018/075328
(87)International publication number:
WO 2018/161753 (13.09.2018 Gazette  2018/37)
(84)Designated Contracting States:
AL AT BE BG CH CY CZ DE DK EE ES FI FR GB GR HR HU IE IS IT LI LT LU LV MC MK MT NL NO PL PT RO RS SE SI SK SM TR
Designated Extension States:
BA ME
Designated Validation States:
MA MD TN

(30)Priority: 07.03.2017 CN 201710132062
07.03.2017 CN 201720219847 U

(71)Applicant: GUANGDONG OPPO MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CORP., LTD.
Wusha, Chang'an Dongguan, Guangdong 523860 (CN)

(72)Inventor:
  • ZHANG, Haiping
    Guangdong 523860 (CN)

(74)Representative: Manitz Finsterwald Patent- und Rechtsanwaltspartnerschaft mbB 
Martin-Greif-Strasse 1
80336 München
80336 München (DE)

  


(54)TERMINAL


(57) A terminal includes a display panel, a camera module and a sensor module. The display panel defines at least one recess. The sensors are adjacent to the camera module for determining a distance between the terminal and an external object.




Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION



[0001] This application claims priority to a Chinese application No. 201710132062.1 filed on March 07, 2017, titled "TERMINAL", and a Chinese application No. 201720219847.8 filed on March 07, 2017, titled "TERMINAL". The entirety of the above-mentioned applications is hereby incorporated by reference herein.

TECHNICAL FIELD



[0002] The present disclosure relates to the field of communication technology in general. More particularly, and without limitation, the disclosed embodiments relate to a terminal.

BACKGROUND



[0003] A display panel of a terminal may include a display region and a non-display region. The non-display region is disposed on the display region. A length of the non-display region is equal to that of the display region. Because the non-display region is configured to take a place for components of the terminal such as a front camera, a telephone receiver, sensors, and other electrical components, the non-display region should have a large size in width, which makes a ratio of the display region to the display panel be small.

SUMMARY



[0004] The present disclosure provides a terminal, to increase a ratio of the display region to the display panel.

[0005] In accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure, the terminal includes a display panel, a camera module, and a sensor module. The display panel defines at least one recess. The camera module is received in the at least one recess. The sensor module is disposed adjacent to the camera module. The sensor module is configured to detect a distance between the terminal and an external object.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS



[0006] The accompanying drawings, which are incorporated in and constitute a part of this specification, illustrate exemplary embodiments of the present disclosure, and together with the description, serve to explain the principles of the disclosure.

FIG. 1 illustrates a schematic exploded perspective view of a display device, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic projection view of a cover of the display panel of FIG. 1.

FIG. 3 illustrates a schematic cross-sectional view of the cover of FIG.2, taken along a line A-A.

FIG. 4 illustrates a schematic projection view of a cover, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 5 illustrates a schematic projection view of a cover, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 6 illustrates a schematic projection view of a functional portion of the cover, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 7 illustrates a schematic projection view of a functional portion of the cover, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 8 illustrates a schematic projection view of a functional portion of the cover, in accordance with still another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 9 illustrates a schematic projection view of a functional portion of the cover, in accordance with further another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 10 illustrates a schematic projection view of a cover, in accordance with still another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 11 illustrates a schematic exploded perspective view of a terminal, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 12 illustrates an enlarged schematic view of a region A in the terminal of FIG. 11.

FIG. 13 illustrates a schematic cross-sectional view of the terminal of FIG. 12, taken along a line B-B.

FIG. 14 illustrates a schematic view of an arrangement of a camera module and a sensor module of the terminal of FIG. 11, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 15 illustrates a schematic view of an arrangement of the camera module and the sensor module of the terminal, in accordance with another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 16 illustrates a schematic view of an arrangement of the camera module and the sensor module of the terminal, in accordance with still another embodiment of the present disclosure.

FIG. 17 illustrates a schematic view of an arrangement of the camera module and the sensor module of the terminal, in accordance with further another embodiment of the present disclosure.


DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF EMBODIMENTS



[0007] The technical solutions in the illustrating embodiments of the present disclosure are clearly and completely described in the following with reference to the drawings, in accordance of embodiments of the present disclosure. It may be noted that the described embodiments are only some of the embodiments of the present disclosure, but not all of the embodiments. All other embodiments obtained by those skilled in the art based on the embodiments of the present disclosure without creative efforts are considered as involving in the scope of the present disclosure.

[0008] The directional terms mentioned in this disclosure, such as "upper", "lower", "before", "behind", "left", "right", "inside", "outside", "beside", etc., are for reference serving the description and refers to the direction in the drawing. Therefore, the directional terms is for the purpose of illustration and understanding, and is not intended to limit the present disclosure.

[0009] As illustrated in FIG. 1 to FIG. 17, similar or identical components are represented by a same reference numeral.

[0010] As illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 4, a display device 100 is provided, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The display device 100 includes a display panel 20 and a cover 10.

[0011] The display panel 20 includes a display region 21 and at least one recess 22. The display region 21 of the display panel 20 is configured to display information such as images, text, and other information. The at least one recess 22 extends in a direction toward the display region 21 along an upper edge of the display region 21. The at least one recess 22 is configured to expose a camera module of the terminals, which is disposed behind the display panel 20.

[0012] In other embodiments, the recess 22 may also be entirely embedded in the display region 21. In other words, the recess 22 is completely surrounded by the display region 21, and the recess 22 may be defined in a shape of through hole. Furthermore, a shape of the recess 22 is not limited to the shape illustrated in FIG. 1, the shape and amount of recess 22 may be designed according to a number of camera module, and an arrangement manner of the camera module, which are not limited herein.

[0013] The cover 10 is disposed on and covers the display panel 20. The cover 10 includes a cover body 11, a first attachment member 12, and a second attachment member 13.

[0014] The cover body 11 includes a transparent portion 111 and a functional portion 112. The transparent portion 111 of the cover body 11 is disposed corresponding to the display region 21 of the display panel 20. The transparent portion 111 is configured to allow light emitted by the display region 21 of the display panel 20 to penetrate, therefore information such as images and text may appear on the display device 100. The functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 is corresponding to the at least one recess 22.

[0015] A location, a shape and other parameters of the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 may be designed according to parameters such as a location and a shape of the recess 22.

[0016] As illustrated in FIG. 2, in the illustrating embodiment, the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 is located at an upper portion of the cover body 11. The functional portion 112 is partially embedded in the transparent portion 111 of the cover body 11. In other words, the functional portion 112 is at least partially formed in the transparent portion 111.

[0017] It may be understood that, in other embodiments, the functional portion 112 may also be completely embedded in the transparent portion 111, as illustrated in FIG. 4. The functional portion 112 is located in the transparent portion 111 as an island in the transparent portion 111, as illustrated in FIG. 4. Correspondingly, the recess 22 of the display panel 20 is a through hole surrounded by the display region 21.

[0018] In the illustrating embodiment, the functional portion 112 is located at an upper portion of the cover body 11. The transparent portion 111 is located at the remaining portion of the cover body 111 except for the functional portion 112. In other embodiments, the cover body 11 may further provide another functional region 112 disposed on a lower portion of the cover body 11, as illustrated in FIG. 5.

[0019] In the cover 10 illustrated in FIG. 5, the cover body 11 further provides another functional portion 112 in a lower portions of the cover body 11 which functional portion 112 has a substantially enlonged shape. The functional region 112 located at the lower portion of the cover body 11 may correspond to a fingerprint identification module of the terminal for performing the fingerprint identification function.

[0020] In an embodiment, the functional region 112 located at the lower portion of the cover body 11 defines a through hole 1124 therein. The through hole 1124 is configured to expose a touch-sensitive surface of the fingerprint identification module of the terminal. A user may touch the touch-sensitive surface and input a fingerprint to facilitate fingerprint identification. In other embodiments, the through hole 1124 may also be configured to receive component such as a physical button, which is not limited herein.

[0021] Furthermore, the through hole 1124 illustrated in FIG. 5 may have a rectangular shape. In other embodiments, the through hole 1124 may have other shapes such as a circle shape or an ellipse shape, and the shape of the through hole 1124 is not limited herein.

[0022] As illustrated in FIG. 2, in the illustrating embodiment, the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 includes a first functional region 1121, a second functional region 1122, and a shielding region 1123.

[0023] When the cover 10 is applied to the terminal, the first functional region 1121 corresponds to the camera module of the terminal. The first functional region 1121 is configured to allow ambient light to penetrate and reach the camera module, such that the camera module may capture an image of objects outside the terminal.

[0024] In some embodiment, the terminal may include two camera modules, and therefore two first functional regions 1121 are provided. The two first functional regions 1121 are respectively labeled as the first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b. The first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b correspond to the two camera modules, respectively.

[0025] In other embodiments, there may be only one first functional region 1121. In this case, the terminal may include one or more camera modules. When there is one camera module in the terminal, the first functional region 1121 corresponds to the camera module. When there are two or more camera modules in the terminal, the first functional region 1121 may correspond to the two or more camera modules. In other words, two or more camera modules may share one first functional region 1121; specific restrictions are not made here.

[0026] As illustrated in FIG. 3, FIG. 3 illustrates a schematic cross-sectional view of the cover of FIG. 2, taken along a line A-A. In the illustrating embodiment, the first attachment member 12 is disposed on a side of the second functional region 1122 closed to an interior space of the terminal. The first attachment member 12 corresponds to a sensor module of the terminal.

[0027] In the cover 10 illustrated in FIG. 2 and FIG. 3, there are two second functional regions 1122 provided. The two second functional regions 1122 are respectively labeled as the second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b. The second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b are spaced apart from each other. Correspondingly, there are two first attaching members 12 provided, and the two first attaching members 12 are respectively disposed on the second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b, and respectively correspond to two sensor modules of the terminal. In the illustrating embodiment, the sensor module may be a proximity sensor, or a light sensor, and which is not limited herein.

[0028] When the sensor module include a proximity sensor and/or a light sensor, the first attachment member 12 may be made from a material of far-infrared ink. A light transmittance of the first attachment member 12 is about 85% when light having wavelength of 850 nm penetrates the first attachment member 12. Because the far-infrared ink is black, internal components of the terminal may be shielded, and infrared waves may penetrate the first attachment member 12. Such that the proximity sensor and/or the light sensor can work normally. In other embodiments, the first attaching member 12 may also be made from other materials, which is not limited herein.

[0029] In other embodiments, as illustrated in FIG. 5, there may be only one second functional region 1122 provided. Correspondingly, only one first attaching member 12 is provided. The first attaching member 12 may be corresponding to one or more sensor modules.

[0030] In the illustrating embodiment, the shielding region 1123 is located at another portion of the functional portion 112, except for the first functional region 1121 and the second functional region 1122 in the functional portion 112.

[0031] In the cross-sectional view illustrated in FIG. 3, the second attachment member 13 is disposed on a side of the shielding region 1123 closed to the interior space of the terminal. The second attachment member 13 may be made from black ink, such that the internal components of the terminal may be shielded by the second attachment member 13. Because a transmittance of a black ink layer is substantially 0 when visible light penetrates the black ink, the second attachment member 13 may shied the internal components effectively. Therefore, the internal components of the terminal may not be seen by the user. In other embodiments, the second attachment member 13 may be made from other materials, which is not limited herein.

[0032] As illustrated in FIGS 2 to 4, in the illustrating embodiment, the first functional regions 1121 and the second functional regions 1122 are arranged in a straight line. The second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b are disposed between the first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b. An arrangement of the first functional region 1121a, the first functional region 1121b, the second functional region 1122a, and the second functional region 1122b is not limited to that illustrated in FIGS. 2 to 4.

[0033] In an embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 6, the first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b are disposed between the second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b. In other words, the two first functional regions 1121 are located between the two second functional regions 1122.

[0034] In an embodiment, the two second functional regions 1122 and the two first functional regions 1121 are arranged in an interval manner, as illustrated in FIG. 7. Only one arrangement is illustrated in FIG.7 in which the two second functional regions 1122 and the two first functional regions 1121 are arranged in an interval manner. It may be understood that the two second functional regions 1122 and the two first functional regions 1121 may be arranged in another interval manner, for example, positions of the two first functional regions 1121 and positions of the two functional regions 1122 may be exchanged and another arrangement may be achieved.

[0035] In other embodiments, the first functional regions 1121 and the second functional regions 1122 may also not be arranged in a straight line. In an embodiment, the first functional regions 1121 and the second functional regions 1122 may also be arranged in a parallel manner, as illustrated in FIGS. 8 and 9.

[0036] In the functional portion 112 illustrated in FIGS. 8 and 9, the second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b are located above or below the first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b.

[0037] It may be understood that the arrangements of the first functional regions 1121 and the second functional regions 1122 are not limited to the arrangements mentioned above. For example, the second functional region 1122a may be located at an upper left corner of the first functional region 1121a, and the second functional region 1122b may be located at an upper right corner of the first functional region 1121b.

[0038] In some embodiments, when the arrangement of the first functional regions 1121 and the second functional regions 1122 is changed, the positions of the first attachments member 12 are also changed correspondingly, and shapes of the second attachment members 13 are also changed correspondingly.

[0039] In an embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 10, a top portion of the cover body 11 may define a notch 113 therein, such that the sound emitted by the telephone receiver of the terminal may propagate. The notch 113 is located at an upper edge of the functional portion 112. When the cover body 11 is fastened to a housing of the terminal, the notch 113 and the housing cooperatively form a slit configured to allow the sound from a telephone receiver of the terminal to propagate. It may be understood that a shape of the notch 113 is not limited to the shape illustrated in FIG. 10, and the notch 113 may have a desired shape according to actual conditions, which is not limited herein.

[0040] In the display device 100 provided in the embodiments, an area of a non-display region of the display device 100 may be smaller, compared with ordinary display devices. A ratio of the display region to the display panel is larger. Thereby the terminal may be able to display via a display panel with a larger size.

[0041] A terminal is provided, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The terminal includes a display panel, a camera module, and a sensor module. The display panel defines at least one recess therein, and the camera module is received in the at least one recess. The sensor module is disposed adjacent to the camera module for detect a distance between the terminal and an external object.

[0042] In some embodiments, the camera module includes a first camera unit and a second camera unit. The sensor module includes a first sensor and a second sensor.

[0043] In some embodiments, the sensor module and camera module are arranged in a straight line.

[0044] In some embodiments, the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed between the first camera unit and the second camera unit.

[0045] In some embodiments, the first sensor and the second sensor are arranged in an interval manner with the first camera unit and the second camera unit.

[0046] In some embodiments, the first camera unit and the second camera unit are disposed between the first sensor and the second sensor.

[0047] In some embodiments, the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed below the first camera unit and the second camera unit, respectively.

[0048] In some embodiments, the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed below the first camera unit and the second camera unit, respectively.

[0049] In some embodiments, the first sensor includes a proximity sensor, and the second sensor includes a light sensor.

[0050] In some embodiments, the terminal further includes a telephone receiver disposed above the camera module and the sensor module.

[0051] In some embodiments, the terminal further includes a housing. The housing includes a bottom plate and a frame disposed at periphery of the bottom plate. The frame extends along a direction perpendicular to the bottom plate. The housing is configured to receive the camera module, the sensor module, and the telephone receiver. The frame defines sound outlets for allowing sound from the telephone receiver to propagate.

[0052] In some embodiments, the camera module includes a base and a lens. The base and the lens cooperatively form a step. The sensor module is disposed on the step.

[0053] In some embodiments, the terminal further includes a cover. The cover is disposed on the display panel. The cover includes a transparent portion and a functional portion. The transparent portion is corresponding to the display region, the functional portion is disposed corresponding to the at least one recess.

[0054] In some embodiments, the functional portion is at least partially surrounded by the transparent portion.

[0055] In some embodiments, the functional portion is entirely embedded in the transparent portion.

[0056] In some embodiments, the cover includes a cover body, a first attachment member, and a second attachment member. The functional portion includes a first functional region, a second functional region, and a shielding region. The first functional region is corresponding to the camera module, and the first functional region is configured to allow ambient light to penetrate and reach the camera module. The first attachment member is disposed on the second functional region and corresponds to the sensor. The second attachment member is disposed on the shielding region to shield the internal structure of the terminal.

[0057] In some embodiments, the first attachment member is made from a material including far infrared ink.

[0058] In some embodiments, the second attachment member is made of a material including black ink.

[0059] In some embodiments, the camera module includes a first camera unit and a second camera unit.

[0060] In some embodiments, the sensor module includes a first sensor and a second sensor.

[0061] As illustrated in FIGS. 1 to 11, a terminal 1000 is provided, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure. The terminal 1000 includes a display device 100, a camera module 200, a sensor module 300, a telephone receiver 400, a circuit board 500, a battery 600, and a housing 700.

[0062] As illustrated in FIG. 1, the display device 100 includes a cover 10 and a display panel 20. The display panel 20 includes a display region 21 and at least one recess 22. The display region 21 of the display panel 20 is configured to display an interface. The recess 22 extends in the direction of the display region 21 along the upper frame of the display region 21. The at least one recess 22 extends in a direction toward the display region 21 along an upper edge of the display region 21. The recess 22 is configured to expose components of the terminal such as the camera module 200, which is disposed behind the display panel 20.

[0063] In other embodiments, the recess 22 may also be entirely embedded in the display region 21. In other words, the recess 22 is completely surrounded by the display region 21, and the recess 22 may have a shape of through hole. Furthermore, a shape of the recess 22 is not limited to the shape illustrated in FIG. 1.

[0064] The cover 10 is disposed on and covers the display panel 20. The cover 10 includes a cover body 11, a first attachment member 12 and a second attachment member 13.

[0065] The cover body 11 includes a transparent portion 111 and a functional portion 112. The transparent portion 111 of the cover body 11 is corresponding to the display region 21 of the display panel 20. The transparent portion 111 is configured to allow light emitted by the display region 21 of the display panel 20 to penetrate, and information such as images and text may appear. The functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 is corresponding to the at least one recess 22. A location, a shape and other parameters of the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 may be designed according to parameters such as a location and a shape of the recess 22.

[0066] As illustrated in FIG. 2, in the illustrating embodiment, the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 is located at an upper portion of the cover body 11. The functional portion 112 is partially embedded in the transparent portion 111 of the cover body 11. In other words, the functional portion 112 is at least partially formed in the transparent portion 111.

[0067] It may be understood that, in other embodiments, the functional portion 112 may also be completely embedded in the transparent portion 111, as illustrated in FIG. 4. In FIG. 4, the functional portion 112 is located in the transparent portion 111 as an island in the transparent portion 111.

[0068] As illustrated in FIG. 2 and FIG. 3, in the illustrating embodiment, the functional portion 112 of the cover body 11 includes a first functional region 1121, a second functional region 1122, and a shielding region 1123.

[0069] The first attachment member 12 is disposed on a side of the second functional region 1122 closed to an interior space of the terminal. The second attachment member 13 is disposed on a side of the shielding region 1123 closed to the interior space of the terminal.

[0070] In an embodiment, the first attachment member 12 may be made from a material of a far-infrared ink. A light transmittance at a wavelength of 850 nm of the first attachment member 12 is about 85% when light having wavelength of 850 nm penetrates the first attachment member 12. Because the far-infrared ink is black, internal components of the terminal may be shielded, and infrared waves may penetrate the first attachment member 12.

[0071] The second attachment member 13 may be made from black ink. Because a transmittance of a black ink layer is substantially 0 when visible light penetrates the black ink, the second attachment member 13 may shied the internal components effectively. Therefore, the internal components of the terminal may not be seen by the user.

[0072] The camera module 200 is received in the at least one recess 22. In the illustrating embodiment, the camera module 200 is disposed on the circuit board 500 and corresponds to the position of the first functional region 1121. The camera module 200 may receive ambient light penetrating the first functional region 1121. In other words, the camera module 200 receives external ambient light penetrating the at least one recess 22 and the first functional region 1121.

[0073] In the illustrating embodiment, there may be two camera modules 200 provided, and the two camera modules 200 are respectively labeled as the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220. Correspondingly, there may be two first functional regions 1121 provided, and the two first functional regions 1121 are respectively labeled as the first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b. The first functional region 1121a and the first functional region 1121b correspond to the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220, respectively.

[0074] It should be noted that the camera module 200 may be corresponding to the recess 22 in a one-to-one correspondence. For example, when there are two camera modules 200, two recesses 22 may be provided. In other embodiments, a plurality of camera modules 200 may be provided and disposed in one recess 22. For example, there are one recess 22 and a plurality of camera modules 200, and the plurality of camera modules 200 are disposed in the recess 22, no specific limitation is imposed here.

[0075] As illustrated in FIG. 12, FIG. 12 illustrates an enlarged schematic view of region A in the terminal of FIG. 11. In the illustrating embodiment, the camera module 200 includes a base and a lens. The base and the lens cooperatively form a step. The sensor module 300 is disposed on the step.

[0076] In some embodiment, the first camera unit 210 includes a first lens 211 and a first base 212. The second camera unit 220 includes a second lens 221 and a second base 222. The first lens 211 and the first base 212 cooperatively form a first step. The second lens 221 and the second base 222 cooperatively form a second step. The first step and/or the second step are configured support the sensor module 300.

[0077] In other embodiments, a number of the camera modules may also be one or more, which is not limited herein.

[0078] The sensor module 300 is disposed adjacent to the camera module 200. The sensor module 300 is configured to detect a distance between the terminal and an external object 1000. In the illustrating embodiment, the sensor module 300 is disposed on the camera module 200, and corresponding to the second functional region 1122 of the cover body 11.

[0079] In the illustrating embodiment, the sensor module 300 includes a first sensor 310 and a second sensor 320. Correspondingly, two second functional regions 1122 are provided. The two second functional regions 1122 are respectively labeled as the second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b. The second functional region 1122a and the second functional region 1122b are respectively corresponding to the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320.

[0080] In the illustrating embodiment, in order to describe a positional relationship of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 more clearly, a schematic cross-sectional view are provided, which is taken along a direction of line B-B in FIG. 12, as illustrated in FIG. 13, in accordance with an embodiment of the present disclosure.

[0081] As illustrated in FIG. 13, the first sensor 310 is disposed on the step formed by the first lens 211 and the first base 212, i.e. the first step. The second sensor 320 is disposed on the step formed by the second lens 221 and the second base 222, i.e. the second step. In this way, stepped structures formed by the camera module 300 may be fully utilized to support the sensor module 300, and an area of a non-display region of the display device 100 may be smaller, compared with ordinary display devices.

[0082] In an embodiment, the first sensor 310 may be a proximity sensor. The first sensor 310 is configured to detect a distance between the terminal and an external object, and activate or turn off the display panel according to the distance. The second sensor 320 may be a light sensor. The second sensor 320 may be configured to adjust a brightness of the display panel of the terminal 1000 according to an intensity of ambient light. Thereby the user's eyes are protected from viewing the screen that is too bright or too dark.

[0083] It is to be understood that in other embodiments, the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320 may also be other kinds of sensors, which are not limited herein. In some embodiments, the sensor module 300 may also include one sensor, three or more sensors, a number of the sensor module 300 may be provided according to actual needs.

[0084] In an embodiment, the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 may be arranged in a straight line. As illustrated in FIGS. 13 to 15, three arrangements of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 are illustrated, in which the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 are arranged in a linear alignment:

[0085] In the arrangement of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 illustrated in FIG. 13, the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320 are disposed between the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220.

[0086] In the arrangement of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 illustrated in FIG. 14, the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220 are disposed between the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320.

[0087] In the arrangement of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 illustrated in FIG. 15, the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320 are arranged in an interval manner with the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220. It may be understood that, as illustrated in FIG. 15, the first sensor 310 may be located at a left side of the first camera unit 210, and the second sensor 320 may be located at a left side of the second camera unit 220.

[0088] In an embodiment, the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 may also be arranged in a parallel manner, as illustrated in FIG. 16 and FIG. 17.

[0089] As illustrated in FIGS. 16-17, the first sensor 310 and the second sensor 320 are located above or below the first camera unit 210 and the second camera unit 220, respectively.

[0090] It may be understood that, in other embodiments, the arrangement of the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 is not limited to the arrangements mentioned above, and the sensor module 300 and the camera module 200 may be arranged in other manners. For example, the first sensor 310 may also be located at an upper left corner of the camera module 210; the second sensor 320 may also be located at an upper right corner of the second camera unit 220.

[0091] In the illustrating embodiment, the telephone receiver 400 of the terminal 1000 is disposed above the camera module 200 and the sensor module 300, as illustrated in FIGS. 11 to 17.

[0092] In the terminal illustrated in FIG. 11, the housing 700 includes a bottom plate 710 and a frame 720 disposed at periphery of the bottom plate 710. The frame 720 extends in a direction perpendicular to the bottom plate 710. The housing 700 is configured to receive components such as the camera module 200, the sensor module 300, the telephone receiver 400, the circuit board 500, the battery 600, and the display panel 20.

[0093] In an embodiment, the frame 720 of the housing 700 may define a sound outlet, such that the sound emitted by the telephone receiver 400 may propagate to outside the terminal 1000. The sound outlet corresponds to the telephone receiver 400. When the telephone receiver 400 is disposed in an upper portion of the terminal 1000, i.e. the telephone receiver 400 is disposed above the camera module 200 and the sensor module 300, the sound outlet is defined in an upper portion of the frame 720 corresponding to the camera module 200 and the sensor module 300. The sound outlet is configured to allow the sound from the telephone receiver 400 to propagate.

[0094] In an embodiment, as illustrated in FIG. 10, a top portion of the cover body 11 may define a notch 113, such that the sound emitted by the telephone receiver 400 may propagate the recess portion 113. The notch 113 is located above the functional portion 112.

[0095] When the cover body 11 is fastened to the housing 700 of the terminal, the notch 113 and the housing 700 cooperatively form a slit configured to allow the sound from the telephone receiver 400 to propagate. It may be understood that a shape of the notch 113 is not limited to the shape illustrated in FIG. 10, and the shape of the notch 113 may be other desired shaped according to actual conditions, which is not limited herein configured to allow the sound from the telephone receiver 400 to propagate.

[0096] In the illustrating embodiment, the battery 600 is configured to supply power to components such as the display panel 20, the camera module 200 on the circuit board 500, the sensor module 300, the telephone receiver 400.

[0097] It may be understood that the components of the terminal 1000 are not limited to the above, and the terminal 1000 may also include other components such as a radio frequency circuit, a memory, a wireless fidelity module, a processor. It will be understood by those skilled in the art that terminal structures illustrated in FIG. 11 does not constitute a limitation of the terminal 1000. The terminal 1000 may include more components than those illustrated, or combine some components, or different component arrangements.

[0098] In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, the terminal 1000 may reduce an area of regions of the display panel 20, which is corresponding to the components such as the camera module 200 and the sensor module 300. Therefore, a ratio of the display region to the display panel is larger. Thereby the terminal may be able to display with a display panel with a larger size.

[0099] In the above, although the present disclosure has been disclosed in the above preferred embodiments, the preferred embodiments are not intended to limit the disclosure. Those skilled in the art may make various modifications without departing from the principle and scope of the disclosure. The scope of protection of the present disclosure is determined by the scope defined by the claims.


Claims

1. A terminal comprising a display panel, a camera module and a sensor module, wherein the display panel defines at least one recess; the camera module is received in the at least one recess; the sensors is adjacent to the camera module for determining a distance between the terminal and an external object.
 
2. The terminal of claim 1, wherein the camera module comprises a first camera unit and a second camera unit; the sensor module comprises a first sensor and a second sensor.
 
3. The terminal of claim 2, wherein the sensors and the camera module are arranged in a line.
 
4. The terminal of claim 3, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are disposed between the first camera unit and the second camera unit.
 
5. The terminal of claim 3, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are arranged in an interval manner with the first camera unit and the second camera unit.
 
6. The terminal of claim 3, wherein the first camera unit and the second camera unit are disposed between the first sensor and the second sensor.
 
7. The terminal of claim 2, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are located above the first camera unit and the second camera unit, respectively.
 
8. The terminal of claim 2, wherein the first sensor and the second sensor are located below the first camera unit and the second camera unit, respectively.
 
9. The terminal of claim 2 wherein the first sensor comprises a proximity sensor, and the second sensor comprises a light sensor.
 
10. The terminal of claim 1, further comprising a telephone receiver, wherein the telephone receiver is located above the camera module and the sensor module.
 
11. The terminal of claim 10, further comprising a housing; wherein the housing comprises a bottom plate and a frame disposed at periphery of the bottom plate; the frame extends along a direction perpendicular to the bottom plate; the housing is configured to receive the camera module, the sensor module and the telephone receiver; the frame defines a sound outlet for allowing sound of the telephone receiver to penetrate.
 
12. The terminal of claim 1, wherein the camera module includes a base and a lens, the base and the lens cooperatively form a step; the sensor module is disposed on the step.
 
13. The terminal of claim 1, wherein the terminal further comprises a cover, the cover is disposed on the display panel; the cover comprises a transparent portion and a functional portion; the transparent portion is corresponding to the display region, and the functional portion is corresponding to the at least one recess.
 
14. The terminal of claim 13, wherein the functional region is at least partially surround by the transparent portion.
 
15. The terminal of claim 13 wherein functional region is entirely embedded in the transparent portion.
 
16. The terminal of claim 14, wherein the cover comprises a cover body, a first attachment member, and a second attachment member; the functional portion comprises a first functional region, a second functional region, and a shielding region; the first functional region is corresponding to the camera module, and the first functional region is configured to allow ambient light to penetrate and reach the camera module; the first attachment member is disposed on the second functional region and corresponds to the sensor module; the second attachment member is disposed on the shielding region to shield the internal structure of the terminal.
 
17. The terminal of any of claim 12, wherein the first attachment member is made from a material including far infrared ink.
 
18. The terminal of claim 16, wherein the second attachment member is made of a material including black ink.
 
19. The terminal of claim 1, wherein the camera module includes a first camera unit and a second camera unit.
 
20. The terminal of claim 1 wherein the sensor module includes a first sensor and a second sensor.
 




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