Chinese smartphone makers Oppo and Xiaomi are working on smartphones with a front camera in the display. Oppo and Xiaomi have published short videos on prototypes of the new smartphones. A Notch as in Huawei or a recess in the display as in Samsung is no longer necessary with these solutions.
Sensors for the adjustment of the brightness or the approach of the user to deactivate the display are already frequently integrated in the display of current smartphones, which has led to the display edges becoming steadily narrower over the last few years. Only for the front camera was such a solution so far not ready for production. Instead, manufacturers such as Huawei (P30, P30 Pro) or OnePlus (6T, 7) are relying on drop notches or on the example of Samsung (S10 series) and Honor (20, 20 Pro) on round recesses in the display. Most recently, OnePlus has shown with the 7 Pro (test), how to extend by an extendable from the front camera front surface for the display and can do without a Notch. And with the Asus Zenfone 6, the main camera folds forward in selfie mode.
Oppo and Xiaomi show prototypes
All previous implementations seem to be only temporary solutions until the front camera can be integrated into the display. This is what Oppo and Xiaomi have achieved, as the smartphone manufacturers demonstrate on Twitter and the Weibo social network. Oppo shows a hitherto unknown smartphone, which has a front camera integrated in the upper area of the display. As soon as the camera is started, a charging circuit appears briefly around the front camera before it is ready for use.
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– OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019
Xiaomi was not long in coming and published shortly after Oppo also a short video on a smartphone with a camera in the display. As with Oppo, the camera sits in the upper part of the display, and it can also be seen here that a black bar appears at the moment of the change to the front camera.
– Xiaomi # 5GIsHere (@Xiaomi) June 3, 2019
Cameras in the display for fingerprint sensors
However, cameras in the display are not new per se, since they are already used today for optical fingerprint sensors. For example, Huawei and OnePlus use optical display fingerprint sensors in which a camera photographed below the display finger. Samsung is the only manufacturer to use Qualcomm's ultrasonic fingerprint sensor in the Galaxy S10 and S10 + (test).