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This article was published on June 21, 2021

Xiaomi will reportedly debut its under-screen camera tech later this year

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Xiaomi will reportedly debut its under-screen camera tech later this year
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

Phone manufacturers have tried to give us a full-screen experience by testing solutions like pop-up cameras to replace punch-hole selfie snappers and front-facing notches. Sadly, they never caught on.

However, we might see the debut of an under-screen camera in a mainstream phone, thanks to Xiaomi. According to a report by ITHome, the Chinese tech company is set to introduce this technology in three devices this year: the CC 11, the Mix 4, and the Mix Fold 2.

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Apart from the models featuring under-screen cameras, there’s no word about the specifications and features of these unique front shooters.

Credit: DCS
Leaked photo of the Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 with under-screen camera tech

This is not entirely unexpected as Xiaomi showed off its progress in developing under-screen camera tech last year. At that time, the firm also said that it aims to mass-produce devices featuring this tech in 2021.

Xiaomi's explanation of how its third-generation under-screen camera tech will work.
Xiaomi’s explanation of how its third-generation under-screen camera tech will work.

According to a tipster from Weibo, the Mix 4 will be released in the third quarter of the year, while the Mix Fold 2 will arrive in markets in the fourth quarter.

Apart from Xiaomi, Oppo, Samsung, and Vivo have also demoed this tech in some form. Last year, ZTE even unveiled a device with an under-screen camera called the Axon 20 5G, but it wasn’t too promising. We’ll have to wait for Xiaomi’s releases to see if these cameras could give us the full-screen experience we’ve been craving for.

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