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OPPO and Xiaomi tease new Phones with Selfie Cam hidden under Display

by Pascal Landolt 06/03/2019

Can we please all agree that Smartphones would look so much better without these unsightly Notches, «Infinity-Holes» or overly thick bezels? In a recent Tweet, chinese phone manufacturer has now teased a yet-to-be named phone model that follows a different approach: A short video shows what seems to be a notch-less, hole-less phone display that turns on a underlying selfie cam upon switching to camera mode.

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It’s not the first time OPPO teases a new technological approach that finds its way into a consumer product: At MWC 2019 in February, the company showed off a device with an integrated camera with 10x-Zoom, supported by what was called  a «Persicope» camera setup. This device later turned out to become the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom, which saw its global launch in Zürich, Switzerland in late April.

Release of a notchless phone in 2019 possible?

This opens the possibility that a consumer device with under-display camera might even be launched this year, as Leaker and graphic designer for «Techgarage» Ben Geskin had already predicted in early May.

We’d still a bit cautious on calling the technology consumer-ready just yet as OPPO VP Brian Shen noted in a comment on Weibo: «At this stage, it’s difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, some loss in optical quality is to be expected» and closing with «no new technology jumps to perfection right away.»

So far, OPPO had been avoiding notches and holes in their flagship phones – like the OPPO Reno 5G – by hiding the selfie camera inside the case and making it pop up in the form of a wedge when selfie mode was activated.

UPDATE: Xiaomi following suit

Update on 3. June, 1500hrs – Xiaomi also seems to be thinking selfie cameras under the screen are a good idea. Thus, Xiaomi teased their own approach to the technology in a short video published on Twitter. On Xiaomis video, there’s even a short sequence showing the «hidden» camera in action pointing towards the user’s face and the results seem to be quite okay at first sight.

Pascal Landolt

Pascal Landolt

Pascal is a Tech Enthusiast and passionate Storyteller – and combines those two passions as Co-Founder and Editor at Techgarage. He currently lives in Zug, but actually calls the whole world his home.

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