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Xiaomi may have patented a breakthrough in its under-display camera-phone tech

The "new" Xiaomi under-display camera patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
The "new" Xiaomi under-display camera patent. (Source: CNIPA via LetsGoDigital)
Xiaomi has reportedly filed a new patent for smartphone displays with under-display selfie cameras. This one depicts them as part of a triple-camera phone, which suggests this tech is closer to real-world use at this point. In addition, the new sensors in question appear better integrated into the rest of the device compared to the OEM's last known IP on this subject.
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Under-display selfie cameras may be a marquee feature for the super-premium phones of the near future. The screens in question may be capable of "hiding" the front-facing sensor while not in use, yet be able to become transparent in the areas immediately above the same component when in use. At least, this seems to be the idea behind a new patent filed by the OEM Xiaomi in China.

This claim shows just such a display-and-camera arrangement, in which the relevant sensor could be placed either in 1 corner of the screen (like most punch-hole cameras of today) or in its mid-line (like most Samsung punch-hole cameras of today). This, however, is nothing new: Xiaomi has patented similar technology in the past.

On the other hand, this older IP indicated that the company could only achieve the under-display effect by segregating the camera in question into its own little secondary display within the main panel.

The fresh patent - approved by the China Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) on April 24, 2020 - indicates no such work-arounds: the camera is simply in a display capable of concealing it as necessary. Therefore, some next-gen Xiaomi phones may stand to gain such truly full-screen specs.

New renders based on the Xiaomi under-display selfie-cam patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)
New renders based on the Xiaomi under-display selfie-cam patent. (Source: LetsGoDigital)

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Deirdre O'Donnell
Deirdre O'Donnell - Senior Tech Writer - 3850 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-05- 5 (Update: 2020-05- 5)