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Xiaomi Shows Off Its Under-Display Front Camera

Xiaomi Shows Off Its Under-Display Front Camera

As is shown in the recent Xiaomi video, the under display camera doesn't affect what appears on screen - it simply works like a normal display.

Oppo had tweeted a short video of the prototype in action and this approach promises to offer the ideal notch-less smartphone experience.

Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has teased a new solution for combining a front-facing camera with a bezel-less display. However, we knew from the start that notches were never here to stay - they're an interim solution meant to bridge the industry's move towards completely obstruction-free displays on the front of phones. This has led to everything from popup cameras such as those in the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy A80, flipable cameras, and, in the case of the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition, placing a second screen on the rear.

When you're taking a photo with these phones, the section of display over the camera becomes transparent, allowing light to pass. Xiaomi notes that its prototype phone uses special low-reflectivity glass as well.

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Do you want a sneak peek at the future? The camera app was launched, and despite the lack of a visible front-facing camera, the screen still seemingly showed a live view of the room's ceiling. A leaker a few weeks ago did say that Oppo will show a phone with under-display camera tech, while Ice Universe has been teasing for a while now awesome smartphone designs for the second half of 2019. 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.

Just hours after Oppo revealed their under-display camera, Xiaomi hit back with its own take on the new technology. This is the first time we are publically seeing a smartphone where the camera will be housed under the OLED panel.

In a follow-up post, Shen said that the technology is still in its early days.

The prototype device is contained in a protective cover, but it's clear from the clip that the phone doesn't have a notch at the top or a slide-up camera system, the likes of which Oppo already made.