Visionox is one of the biggest OLED manufacturers in China, providing panels for Xiaomi flagships like Mi 10 and Mi Note 10. Today, the Chinese media revealed the company is ready to begin mass production of displays with under-screen cameras.
The technology is not new per se – Oppo already showcased their way of battling the problem with bezels, notches and punch holes during MWC Shanghai 2019. Back then the company revealed the key hurdle screen manufacturers will have to tackle is the brightness and color difference that is caused by diffraction from the protective glass.
Visionox claims this can be fixed with a different organic and non-organic film materials that allow for higher transparency. The hardware might be new, but it still needs the software to support it – the company claims it has an algorithm that fixes brightness, color gamut, and viewing angle issues and removes the glare that was seen in the prototype Oppo demoed back in 2019.
There is also an optimization of the pixel arrangement around the cameras lens that on paper is allowing the shooter to look through the display, but this might bring a disruption of the quality of images – if everything else is in Full HD, this small circle might scale image quality back to HD or even SD.
The Chinese maker has made this possible through hundreds of new technologies, most of which are already patented, giving a green light for mass production. The last step before seeing such displays on the market is the adoption by smartphone manufacturers – we expect to see some demo units by the end of the year and official product launches at Q1 2021 – either at CES in Las Vegas or MWC in Barcelona.