Over the past few years, there has been significant development of the smartphone display. The target of most of the development is how to give smartphones a full-screen effect. However, the presence of the front camera and other sensors has always been a problem. We have seen different designs which attempt to consume minimal space for the front camera. We have the notch design, waterdrop, pop-up, sliding screen, punch-hole, and many other designs. All these seek to give the display a full-screen effect. However, all these designs have their shortcomings. The latest attempt is to place the camera sensor under the display. Just like the other solutions, under-screen cameras also come with their shortcomings.
The first company to mass-produce the under-screen cameras is ZTE. The Chinese manufacturer currently has two smartphones with under-screen cameras. In addition, Xiaomi also recently launched the Xiaomi Mi MIX 4 with under-screen cameras. Nevertheless., if you love selfies, you may want to stay away from these smartphones with under-screen cameras. According to Lu Weibing, general manager of Redmi, he recommends the punch-hole design for selfie lovers. This indicates that the performance of the under-screen camera is not very good.
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Under-screen cameras image output is unacceptable – Honor
Furthermore, at the launch of the Honor Magic3 series, Honor’s CEO, Zhao Ming, talked about the under-screen camera technology in an interview with the media. Zhao Ming pointed out that for the under-screen camera technology, he has seen ZTE launch corresponding products in the industry.
He said that Honor has been following up on this technology for a very long time. He noted that the biggest challenge of this technology is the light transmittance of the entire under-screen camera. This light transmittance presents huge challenges and obstacles in selfies and front video calls. According to Zhao Ming, it is very difficult to overcome and solve this problem.
He further claims that Honor’s previous research shows that some of the image effects are unacceptable. This is most noticeable in some backlight situations and backlight video situations. After a full evaluation of the situation, Honor chooses not to use the under-display camera technology.
Zhao Ming emphasized that for Honor’s future technological development, Honor will insist on building the Magic series as its flagship. The Magic generation was released on December 16, 2016. Two years later, it unveiled the second generation. After another three years, the company is now at the Magic 3. According to Zhao Ming, the core of the future of Honor flagships lies with the Magic series.