Published: Thu, June 06, 2019
Tech | By Anita Cain

Xiaomi shows off camera built into display

Xiaomi shows off camera built into display

Xiaomi tried to steal the limelight from OPPO by showing off its own concept of the under-display camera minutes after OPPO did. The company notes that this is the very first look at its new "under-display selfie camera technology". Both Xiaomi and Oppo shared videos of the in-display cameras working, but the videos are too low quality to make any kind of image quality determinations. To increase the credibility of the technology, the user moves their finger over a region where the camera could be, at which point the sensor shows an unfocused preview of the person's finger. It's next Infinity screens are set to include under display cameras. "By allowing more light into the lens, the display-embedded camera combo is able to produce ideal selfies, clear and crisper than the pinhole camera solution when the camera is activated". Though some phones launched earlier like the Sharp Aquos Crystal and Alcatel Hero also had a somewhat similar approach.

The company has tweeted a video of a prototype OPPO phone with a camera beneath its display.

Oppo didn't share any technical details whatsoever about how they have achieved these magicks but, as the video shows, it works. When the camera is not in use, the screen fills up the space above the camera. Even these are still prototypes, we get a glimpse of the smartphone technology we can expect in the future. Now, Oppo and Xiaomi have showcased working smartphone prototypes with an under-display selfie camera - a solution which will allow for notch-less smartphones without the need of mechanical parts. That said, the technology is still in its formative stages with neither companies committing to a specific timeline for the under-screen front cam to become a reality on a market-ready device right now. As it is an emerging tech, we can't really comment on how good or bad it will be.

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