Whether it's notches or a hole-punch, front-facing smartphone cameras are greedy little screen-hoggers, smugly taking up display real-estate just because they know we can't live without them. Well not anymore, if Oppo and Xiaomi have anything to say about it.
Oppo posted a video of its under-display selfie camera to Twitter today, and colour us suitably amazed. Take a look for yourself:
For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed.
You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY
— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019
The position of the camera is briefly highlighted by a spinning circle, and once the camera app launches, the display size shrinks to accommodate it, but when you're not using the camera, you get the entirety of the screen to enjoy, notch and hole-punch free.
"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 the original Weibo post (via Engadget). "But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away."
Not to be outdone, Xiaomi followed suit and tweeted a video of its own under-display selfie camera on prototype that seems to be further along than Oppo's:
— Xiaomi #5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) June 3, 2019
According to The Phone Talks, the Xiaomi Mi 9's camera is hidden beneath an OLED screen, with transparent cathode and anode panels where the camera is placed, to allow light to pass through to the sensor.
Truly, these two companies are going above and beyond to solve our first-world problems, and we are eternally grateful to them. Someone get the box of medals out. [TechRadar]