The trend seems clear: hide everything under the screen. This is the idea that has driven the ever-increasing screen size on mobile phones, which in brands like Samsung is almost 100%, since it resorts to the ‘trick’ of not mounting a ‘Notch’ in its high-end models, but to micro-perforate the front camera on the screen itself and extend the panel around it. But the idea is not that, but it hides the front camera and all the sensors, just as the fingerprint reader is already hidden under the panel.
Xiaomi’s hidden camera
Xiaomi, VIVO, ZTE … the race to be the first to reach the market and place the novelty continues. And today is the day chosen precisely by Xiaomi to show us the progress it has made, which is already in the “third generation of Under Screen Camera Technology”, as he himself explained in a post on his official blog.
Xiaomi notes that its current prototype has “greatly improved the full-screen effect through the arrangement of pixels of its own development by optimizing the camera’s algorithm, which allows it to show the same performance as conventional front-facing cameras.” The pixel arrangement used in its technology allows the display to pass light through the space between the sub-pixels, allowing each pixel to retain a full RGB sub-pixel layout without sacrificing pixel density.
In order to make the panel appear continuous, “the area above the integrated camera shows the same brightness, color gamut and color pressure as the rest of the screen.” The 3rd Gen under-screen camera technology also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels, further increasing the light transmission of the camera area below the screen.
In addition, Xiaomi has pointed out that the new camera under the screen “offers a completely updated photography experience, which matches the image performance of conventional front cameras”. The plan of the Chinese company is to have its first mobile phones ready with this type of selfie camera next year 2021. The question is, will they be the first, or will any of their rivals overtake them in these months?