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    • 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?

    • The interface is certainly interesting, although many selfies involve holding one's phone out at maximum distance to be able to capture onesself and one's surroundings, so I do worry about the odds of dropping this type of phone versus one with an external camera button. What do you think?

    • I love the idea of notchless displays and phones without pop up selfie cams, but quality. Phone makers continually astonish me with how great they’ve been able to make their cameras, proving me wrong over and over, and I hope they do it this time too.

      I just don’t see how it’s possible to peek through a crowded array of pixels and get results comparable to what you can get with space for a real lens.

    • I don't really feel like I need a dedicated physical camera button. I can always use the timer for selfies and group photos. My phone even uses the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner as a makeshift shutter button if the on-screen button is difficult to reach. Considering how many (all?) phones don't have an optically stabilised front camera, having a dedicated physical camera button might cause a lot of shaky photos as you try to press the button with the same hand you're holding the phone with.

    • I don't have an Android phone, but any iPhone can take a photo by pressing physical volume up or down buttons. Works like a charm. In low light conditions it may jerk the phone a bit, causing a blurry photo. The solution for low light conditions is to use a timer.

    • Oh ya I forgot about this! The same works on Android too, I just forgot about it since I never use it. The volume button can be used as a camera shutter.