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Xiaomi Showcases its Third Generation Under-display Camera

Xiaomi Under-display camera

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Xiaomi Company, yesterday announced that it will start mass-producing smartphones equipped with under-display camera technology that is intended to ship as from next year. If you are someone who dislikes the current selfie camera placements like punch-holes, notches, or pop-up mechanism, Xiaomi has a solution for you with this under-display camera technology that is expected to ship next year.

The company says, “This is technically the third generation of the technology Xiaomi has developed, although the first and second versions it produced have yet to find their way into a mass-market consumer device.”

According to Xiaomi, its latest version of the technology works by allowing the selfie camera to see through the gaps in the display’s sub-pixels, which are the red, green, and blue dots that combine to make each pixel. Xiaomi says that the area of the display above the camera has the same density of pixels as the rest of the screen, so it can “perfectly disguise” the selfie camera underneath. Xiaomi adds that the selfie camera itself should match the performance of more typical front-facing cameras.

 

Here is what Xiaomi Team said in an official blog post explaining the technology.

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Image Sourced from blog.mi.com

From the first generation of the technology that did not leave lab grounds to the second generation that was officially introduced to the public, Xiaomi never stopped exploring under-screen cameras. In the third-generation of Under-Display Camera Technology, Xiaomi has greatly improved the full-screen effect through self-developed pixel arrangement, and through the optimization of the camera algorithm, allowing it to show the same performance as conventional front cameras. These breakthroughs have allowed Xiaomi to improve the technology and put it into mass-production.

The self-developed pixel arrangement used in Xiaomi’s 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera Technology allows the screen to pass light through the gap area of ​​sub-pixels, allowing every single pixel to retain a complete RGB subpixel layout without sacrificing pixel density. Compared with other common solutions on the market, Xiaomi has doubled the number of horizontal and vertical pixels, achieving the same pixel density above the camera as on the rest of the display area. Thus, the area above the integrated camera demonstrates the same brightness, colour gamut and colour accuracy as the rest of the display.

Based on the brand new pixel arrangement solution, Xiaomi’s 3rd Generation Under-Display Camera also adopts a special circuit design to hide more components under the RGB sub-pixels to further increase the light transmittance of the under-screen camera area. Combined with Xiaomi`s self-developed optimization algorithm, the new under-display camera offers a fully updated photography experience, matching the imaging performance of conventional front cameras.”

Xiaomi expects smartphones bearing this technology to hit the market early next year under the Mi 11 Series. But Xiaomi will not be the first company to bring it to the masses as ZTE is expected to introduce a working smartphone with an under-display selfie camera on September 1.

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