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Xiaomi unveils third-gen under-display camera technology, will launch with 2021 phones

Xiaomi has unveiled the third-gen under-display camera technology. It will be available on mass-produced smartphones starting 2021, possibly with the Xiaomi Mi 11.

Updated:Fri, August 28, 2020 11:55am

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Nobody likes a camera notch or cutout in a smartphone's display. Xiaomi, in particular, wants to get rid of those holes and it has come up with a way to do so. In a recent tweet, Xiaomi has unveiled the third-generation under-display camera technology. Yes, there have been prototypes in the past and Xiaomi finally has the version ready for the world. The post accompanies a video showing the technology in action on a prototype device.

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In the video, Xiaomi shows the prototype device with the under-display camera technology next to a regular Mi 10. With the camera hidden, the phone's display looks similar to the ones with a pop-up camera. Whether the display is showing white or black backgrounds, there's no hint of the camera's presence. That said, Xiaomi has shown the device from a distance and there's no close-up of the sensor area.

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Towards the end of the video, a person opens the camera and switches to selfie mode. It's here when you see a good looking photo from the prototype device. Xiaomi shares a sample selfie from the camera and it looks just like a normal selfie camera from any smartphone. Hence, it seems Xiaomi has figured a way to hide the camera without compromising the picture quality.

In the post, Xiaomi says that the third-generation under-display camera technology will be ready for mass production in 2021. This hints at the next-generation flagship getting this display in early 2021. The Xiaomi Mi 11 or Mi 20 (whatever it ends up calling it) may get the under-display camera first before trickling down to more affordable phones.

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Xiaomi not alone in under-display camera tech

While Xiaomi confirms a launch date of 2021 for its under-display camera, ZTE is nearing its commercial launch of Axon 20 5G. ZTE's phone will also have the under-display camera technology but it is launching next week on September 1. Leaks have shown the design of the smartphone but there's no revelation on the technology in action.

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Similarly, Oppo is also testing a similar under-display camera technology and it could also come out in 2021. Give past launches, Oppo may unveil the technology with the next-generation Find series smartphone. Prior to this, the Find series has debuted a pop-up camera module and advanced camera technologies.

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