Another mobile device revolution is underway as Chinese firms Xiaomi (electronics company headquartered in Beijing) and Oppo (consumer electronics and mobile communications company headquartered in Dongguan) reveal their under-screen camera concept.
The Apple notch was one of the pioneers of the idea with their dark cutout containing the phone speaker, front camera, and other sensors, but the notch seems to have been a very short-lived trend.
Pop out, slide out, and flip up cameras are nothing new in the industry, but now mobile cameras are going beneath the screen to be completely out of sight.
What does the device have to offer?
A clear advantage is that the screen will have full reign over the front of the device.
Also, no moving parts reduces the risk of damage.
Vice President of Oppo, Brian Shen, gave a sneak peek of what the company has been working on.
The video on Weibo doesn’t offer a lot of information other than a hidden camera taking pictures of the ceiling.
It’s unclear as to what device the photo was taken with or what kind of quality the picture had, but Shen says the tech is promising. “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” he stated.
Chinese tech firms are working hard to reach this new milestone for smartphones.
Xiaomi made a very quick response shortly after Oppo’s preview.
Another video on Weibo reveals their Mi 9 prototype with the same hidden camera design.
Like with the Oppo trailer, there are no indications as to when these innovations will hit the market, but the teasers indicate that the technology is certainly on the way.