Xiaomi patents camera phone with under display camera

Xiaomi patents camera phone with under display camera
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For many camera phone fans, the selfie camera has continually been a bone of contention. Whether it's housed in a notch or a punch-hole, the front-facing camera can't help but disrupt the display. However, in June 2019 Chinese camera phone manufacturers Xiaomi and Oppo displayed a prototype phone with a selfie camera incorporated under the screen, a development in technology that would swiftly solve the selfie camera problem.

However, this camera phone prototype was far from being able to be put into production. Oppo and Xiaomi both announced afterwards that the image quality of the under display camera just wasn't quite up to scratch. This is apparently because the camera wasn't able to receive enough light through the display, so the photos come out looking too dark. 

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