I've never been a fan of the notch. In fact, I actively hate it. It disrupts the design aesthetic of the display, it functionally affects the utility of the status bar, and it just looks awful. As smartphone manufacturers attempt to maximise the screen size of our smartphones by minimising bezels while retaining the selfie camera, this was one method of accomplishing that. A more recent trend is a mechanical front camera that's hidden when not in use, or mechanical rear cameras that act as the front camera as well. In both cases, when you want to take a selfie the cameras either pop-up or flip-up when necessary. We've seen this from companies like OnePlus, Oppo, Asus, and Samsung. But these two approaches were never the end goal. They were just pit stops before we reach the final destination - selfie cameras under the display. And we are almost there.
Both Oppo and Xiaomi recently tweeted showing off their new technology, literally just a few hours apart.
These products may not be ready for the mainstream just yet, but the technology is exciting nonetheless.
Are you excited for selfie cameras under your smartphone display?