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Oppo and Xiaomi show off their under-display front cameras

By Cookie Monster - on 5 Jun 2019, 12:05am

Oppo and Xiaomi show off their under-display front cameras

Oppo showed off its under-display selfie camera technology on Weibo.

Smartphones with true bezel-less displays are coming as two handset makers showed off their technologies on social media.

Oppo VP Brian Shen posted a short video on Chinese social networking site Weibo which shows the front of a notch-free smartphone prototype. When the camera app is enabled, the display shows a live view of the room's ceiling even though the front-facing camera is barely visible. The person in the video hovers his finger over the camera to show that it is actually there.

Xiaomi shows off a Mi 9 prototype with an under-display front camera.

Hours later, Xiaomi's president Lin Bin shared a video which shows a Mi 9 prototype with an under-display front camera. Similar to Oppo's implementation, Xiaomi does not require a pop-up mechanism, notch or hole-punch to house the front-facing camera. 

Both companies did not reveal when the under-display front cameras will appear in commercial devices. Shen admitted that the under-display camera technology is still in its early days. 

"At this stage, it's difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there's bound to be some loss in optical quality," Shen said. "But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away."

Source: Oppo (Weibo), Xiaomi (Twitter) via Engadget