The notch, born out of a need to make today’s narrow bordered smartphones a reality, has been a controversial design element. In order to do away with the notch, smartphone manufacturers have been experimenting with creative solutions like dual screens, mechanical sliders, and pop-up selfie cameras. Now, Oppo and Xiaomi have showcased working smartphone prototypes with an under-display selfie camera – a solution which will allow for notch-less smartphones without the need of mechanical parts.
- Oppo has posted a video of a phone with an under-display selfie camera
- Xiaomi has also teased a Mi 9 prototype with similar technology
- Samsung is also reportedly working on a method to hide the camera
Earlier today, Oppo VP Brian Shen took to Weibo to share a short video showcasing a notch-less smartphone with the front camera optics embedded underneath the display. The company shared the same video via its official Twitter account as well. Soon after, Xiaomi teased its own implementation of an under-display selfie camera. The company’s president Lin Bin posted a video to Weibo (re-posted to Twitter later) showcasing a Xiaomi Mi 9 prototype with the front optics integrated beneath the display. It is not known at the moment when this technology will be ready for mainstream use.