Just mere hours after Oppo teased the world’s first under-display camera technology, Xiaomi has now published its own take on the technology by demonstrating a Mi 9-based prototype.
The video was first posted by Xiaomi President Lin Bin who took to Weibo to demonstrate Xiaomi’s development on the in-display camera technology. The prototype with a notchless design is shown adjacent to the original Mi 9 which came with a teardrop notch with the new phone having no cutouts for the camera technology.
Instead, when the user opens up the camera and switches to selfie mode, the viewfinder shows the preview of the individual in real time though we can make no judgements on the quality of the sensor. The implementation appears to be credible as it shows the person who’s interacting with the phone as well as the individual who’s recording the footage.
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Xiaomi also revealed that it used cathode and anode panels on the screen to make it transparent when the front camera is used. It also appears that Xiaomi had filed for a patent on its in-display camera technology back in November 2018. We’re yet to hear a word when this technology will be embedded on a consumer smartphone.
Earlier today, Oppo also teased a notchless phone of its own with a front-facing camera embedded under the display. Oppo VP Brian Shen said “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. But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away”.
Last week, Xiaomi also teased an all-screen notchless design on the Mi 9T. Does that mean, the company is ready to mass produce phones with the latestin-display camera technology? We hope to find out soon.