The Chinese phone maker tweets a video of its in-screen camera.
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future phones could have an in-screen camera, the Chinese phone maker revealed Monday alongside a video.
"Do you want a sneak peek at the future?" the tweet says. "Here you go ... introducing you to Under-Display Camera technology!"
Xiaomi SVP Wang Xiang tweeted more detail on the under-display camera technology, calling it "the ultimate solution for a Full Screen Display coexisting with a front camera." Recently, Vivo revealed a concept phone called the Apex 2020 with an under-screen camera.
"Xiaomi is currently exploring the possibility of hiding the front-facing camera under the display," his tweet reveals. "When the selfie camera is activated, the display area over the camera lens becomes transparent in an instant, allowing light to enter."
The technology features a small area over the 20MP camera with a transparent display, made using high-transmittance, low-reflective glass.
"The transparent display doubles as the camera lens," Xiaomi explained. "By allowing more light into the lens, the display-embedded camera combo is able to produce perfect selfies, clear and crisper than the pinhole camera solution when the camera is activated."
Earlier Monday, Xiaomi tweeted that its new
member will launch in 10 days, on June 12.