What you need to know
- Chinese OLED maker Visionox has started mass production of its in-display selfie camera solution.
- Smartphones using the company's in-display selfie camera technology are expected to be launched soon.
- Xiaomi and OPPO are expected to be among the first smartphone makers to commercialize the new tech.
Earlier this year, Xiaomi Vice President and Redmi General Manager Lu Weibing had suggested that we may have to wait a long time for phones with under-display cameras to become a reality. Even though both Xiaomi and OPPO had showcased prototypes with their under-display camera tech last year, the two companies haven't announced any plans of commercializing it yet. According to Chinese display maker Visionox, however, phones with in-display selfie cameras will soon begin arriving.
Visionox has started mass producing its under-display camera solution, which enables smartphone makers to design phones with a true "full screen" design without any notches or cutouts. As per ITHome, the company's solution uses new organic and inorganic materials that allow for higher transparency than regular OLED panels in the area above the camera and an industry-first "drive circuit and pixel structure design" to minimize interference.
Along with these hardware tweaks, Visionox has also developed a software algorithm to get around the "fogging effect" that other similar solutions suffer from. Visionox says phones featuring its under-display camera solution will arrive "soon," although a specific timeframe hasn't been revealed. In addition to Xiaomi and OPPO, Samsung is also rumored to be working on the technology. Unlike the two Chinese companies, however, Samsung hasn't showcased a prototype featuring its under-display camera tech yet.