OPPO and Xiaomi shows off first notchless under-display selfie camera

OPPO gives us a first look at its under-display camera tech

"At this stage, it's hard 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 the original Weibo post (via Engadget). Once this becomes mainstream, we can say goodbye to notches, cutouts, and mechanized pop-ups.

Keeping in mind that it's the first take on such a technology, it'll take some time before we see a smartphone mass-produced with an under-glass camera sensor.

The 15-second video shows a partially hidden phone prototype that has no visible notch - in fact, the selfie camera isn't visible at all.

This is what we all want, right?

Camera phone technology may be about to change forever, thanks to the latest innovation that's been revealed by Oppo and Xiaomi: under-display cameras. While the earpiece is easily moved to the top edge, the selfie camera still poses some difficulties.

The display notch trend started with Apple on the iPhone X, which groups the front-facing camera, Face ID, and other sensors in the display cutout.

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A number of Android OEMs are known to be working on under display smartphone cameras and they're expected to be seen on commercial Android flagships within the next two years.

Literally hours after OPPO's tweet below, Xiaomi took it to Twitter that it too has a working solution for an in-display selfie camera, trying to steal OPPO's thunder.

In the video clip posted to his Weibo account, Brian shows the front side of the phone that appears to have an all-screen and no punch-hole or notch. We wouldn't be surprised if either company comes out with a phone with an under-display camera by the end of this year.

"At this stage, it's hard for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there's bound to be some loss in optical quality", Shen said, in a follow-up post. "At this stage, it's hard for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras", wrote Shen. To this, he added, "However, the realization of new technology is developed to perfection".

A Xiaomi Mi 9 with under-screen camera would be a welcome addition to the Android smartphone world, but Xiaomi probably isn't going to give this a general release just yet.

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