Oppo And Xiaomi Show Off Trick Under-Display Smartphone Selfie Cameras

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It's amazing how fast the industry is moving with regards to addressing selfie cameras and the increasing desire for minimal bezels on smartphones. The Essential Phone and iPhone X introduced us to notches in 2017, while we got slider mechanisms and punch-hole cutouts in 2018. This year, we've seen flip cameras from ASUS.

Now, the rubber is really starting to hit the road with under-display selfie cameras, as witnessed by new technology demos from Chinese smartphone OEMs Oppo and Xiaomi. Oppo first showed off its new technology in a Weibo post that was first noticed by the folks at Engadget. The video was later posted to Twitter, and shows a prototype device with a full display and no notches. However, when the camera app is opened and a selfie is requested, a circle outlined in white appears on the display which represents the location of the in-display camera. 

From there, taking a selfie is just as seamless as if would be on any other phone. There are no unsightly notches and no pop-up/slider mechanisms that could be prone to failure. In addition, it appears that the embedded camera doesn't affect the display performance (from what we can tell at this point).

"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," said Oppo VP Brian Shen in his Weibo post. "But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away."

Not to be outdone, Xiaomi not long after posted its own demo video to Twitter of a prototype Mi 9 smartphone with a similar in-display camera.

Needless to say, the future is looking bright for smartphones, and it shows that there is still a lot of innovation out there when it comes to design and functionality with the devices that we carry everywhere with us 24-7-365.

Tags:  cameras, oppo, Xiaomi, selfie