- Xiaomi has announced its third-generation under-screen camera technology.
- The company will mass-produce phones with the new tech starting next year.
ZTE might be the first to launch a phone with an under-screen camera, but itâ€™ll have tough competition very soon. Xiaomi is all set to incorporate under-screen selfie cameras on its phones too. The company today detailed its third-generation under-screen camera technology and also gave us a hint at when to expect it on Xiaomi phones of the future.
Xiaomi has deemed its new camera tech a â€œbreakthroughâ€� that will enable the â€œultimate form of full-screenâ€� experience. The company claims that the new tech will be able to entirely disguise the selfie camera under the phoneâ€™s display without ruining the edge-to-edge display effect.
How does it work?
Xiaomi says itâ€™s using a self-developed pixel arrangement that allows the screen to pass light between the gaps of â€‹â€‹the sub-pixels, letting every pixel on the display retain a complete RGB subpixel layout without compromising on pixel density. This, as per Xiaomi, achieves the same pixel density on the area of the display that houses the camera as the rest of the screen.
The third-gen Xiaomi tech also uses a unique circuit design to increase the light transmittance of the under-screen camera area. This, combined with in-house camera optimizations, allows Xiaomiâ€™s under-screen camera to â€œperform at par with conventional cameras.â€� Obviously, weâ€™ll have to test that claim for ourselves before we believe Xiaomi.
So when will we see Xiaomi phones with this new tech? According to the company, it will start the mass production of smartphones with under-screen cameras next year. So you can probably expect the technology to debut on a Xiaomi flagship in 2021.
Meanwhile, you can watch Xiaomiâ€™s new under-screen camera tech in action in the video embedded on top.