Best daily deals
Best daily deals

Links on Android Authority may earn us a commission. Learn more.

Here's how Xiaomi's radical under-display selfie camera works

Xiaomi also insists that under-display selfie cameras will offer better picture quality than "pin-hole camera" solutions.
By
June 4, 2019
Xiaomi Mi 9 with under screen camera taking a selfie.

Xiaomi and Oppo made tech headlines yesterday when they demonstrated under-display selfie cameras on social media. The tech, which was thought to be a while away from release, might be coming sooner than you think.

Now, Xiaomi senior vice-president Wang Xiang has taken to Twitter to detail how its take on the technology works.

Xiaomi’s Under-Display Camera Technology could be the ultimate solution for a Full Screen Display coexisting with a front camera! RT if you love it. #InnovationForEveryone pic.twitter.com/8e7EdEBn8J
— Wang Xiang (@XiangW_) June 3, 2019

Wang notes that the screen has a small section with a transparent display made out of a “special low-reflective glass with high transmittance.” The transparent display works like a normal screen when you’re not in camera mode — but what about picture quality?

The executive says you’re looking at a 20MP under-display selfie camera, and claims this solution will offer better pictures than another noteworthy alternative.

Here's when Xiaomi is bringing the Redmi K20 series to India (Update)
News
Xiaomi redmi K20 Pro render rear glass and pop up camera

“By allowing more light into the lens, the display-embedded camera combo is able to produce perfect selfies, clearer and crisper than the pinhole camera solution [presumably the punch-hole camera – ed] when the camera is activated,” reads an excerpt of Wang’s slide.

It’s a very bold claim though, as picture quality is probably the main concern regarding under-display selfie cameras. After all, the selfie camera has to essentially peek through the screen, much like in-display fingerprint sensors have to peek through a display. And we all know how poorly the first generation of in-display scanners fared. Would you buy a phone with a first-generation under-display selfie camera? Let us know in the comments!

NEXT: Android and iOS are more similar than ever, and that’s a good thing