Week 26 in review: The under-screen camera is here but it's not great

Ivan, 30 June 2019

While there weren't many big smartphones announcements this week, there were plenty of very interesting stories.

Starting off with Oppo and the reveal of the first under display selfie camera. It has a large sensor with resulting large pixels but its image quality isn't great and it might take some time before it makes it to an actual product. Still, it is an exciting development in the long battle for the full-screen phone.

We saw official press renders of upcoming Xiaomi CC9 as well as invitations for its July 2 unveil. The specs include a 48MP main camera as well as a 32MP front-facing one but what will undoubtedly catch the eye is the Glacier Ice White panel.

While on the topic of Xiaomi, it sold 1 million Mi Band 4 units in 8 days. The Mi Band series' great price and battery life are among the key factors in Xiaomi's dominance on the wearable market.

We saw some early renders of Olixar's cases for the iPhone XI and they tell a well-known story - a new triple camera on the rear, an old notch on the front but interestingly, they also show a lightning port at the bottom. Apple has been long-rumored to make the jump to USB-C for the new iPhone lineup. Here's hoping the case renders are made with old or inaccurate information.

The Samsung chatter this week revealed that a Galaxy A90 with a Snapdragon 855 and tilt optical stabilization is in development. We also saw a list of official accessories that will be available for the Galaxy Note10 and Galaxy Note10 Pro (which was later revealed to be called the Galaxy Note10+) - they include a LED View cover in Black, White, Silver, Pink and Red, and a LED Cover in Black, White and Red.

Realme CEO revealed the maker is working on a phone with a 64MP main camera as part of a quad setup. 64MP Quad-bayer cameras are set to replace 48MP as the new norm, outputting 16MP photos instead of 12MP.

Raspberry unveiled the fourth version of its single board mini computers with support for two 4K monitors, all for the same price.

Finally, in an interview, former Microsoft boss Bill Gates revealed his regret that Microsoft didn't beat Google to become the largest smartphone OS, costing it a $400b business in the process.

See you in a week!

Check out the first image of the Xiaomi Mi CC9

Check out the first image of the Xiaomi Mi CC9

The brand manager of the new series posted the image on his personal Weibo profile.


Oppo premiers its first under-screen Camera

Oppo premiers its first under-screen Camera

The company is implementing a customized display and customized camera module.


iPhone XI cases show a Lightning port, offer another look at the square camera hump

iPhone XI cases show a Lightning port, offer another look at the square camera hump

Olixar has published cases for the new iPhone XR model too. 


Samsung Galaxy A90 is coming with Snapdragon 855, 5G,

Samsung Galaxy A90 is coming with Snapdragon 855, 5G, "tilt OIS"

A past rumor saying it would be part of the R series has been debunked, and more details are now out. 


Sony Xperia 1 stock running low in Europe, the Purple color seems the most popular

Sony Xperia 1 stock running low in Europe, the Purple color seems the most popular

Sony Mobile UK is all sold out of Xperia 1 units, but you can find it through other stores. Only the Purple one is sold out in Germany, Italy, France and Spain.


Xiaomi India to reveal more about the Redmi K20 Pro tomorrow

Xiaomi India to reveal more about the Redmi K20 Pro tomorrow

We expect to see the phone getting teased or at least a launch date.


LG W series premiere - W10, W30 and W30 Pro

LG W series premiere - W10, W30 and W30 Pro

THe LG W10 starts at INR 8,999, W30 Pro is the most interesting but its price is unconfirmed.


Xiaomi sells 1 million Mi Band 4 devices in 8 days

Xiaomi sells 1 million Mi Band 4 devices in 8 days

The milestone has been reached in China, globally to arrive in two days.


Oppo reveals the phone with under-display selfie camera in a promo video

Oppo reveals the phone with under-display selfie camera in a promo video

Only two days are left until the device is physically revealed at MWC Shanghai 2019.


Official Samsung accessory list for Galaxy Note 10 leaks

Official Samsung accessory list for Galaxy Note 10 leaks

The list contains no surprises, we’ve seen these kinds of cases in the past.


Oppo warns first under-screen cameras won't have the best image quality

Oppo warns first under-screen cameras won't have the best image quality

The company VP warns about having high expectations for the breakthrough technology.


Bill Gates believes Microsoft's lost out on $400B by losing the smartphone market

Bill Gates believes Microsoft's lost out on $400B by losing the smartphone market

Microsoft's co-founder regrets not beating Google for the phone market.


Huawei releases EMUI 9.1 update roadmap

Huawei releases EMUI 9.1 update roadmap

Huawei is staying committed to delivering the latest software for its phones.


Realme working on a phone with a 64MP quad camera, will debut in India

Realme working on a phone with a 64MP quad camera, will debut in India

A Realme phone with a 64MP Samsung-made camera will launch in India soon.


Raspberry Pi 4 announced, more power for the same price

Raspberry Pi 4 announced, more power for the same price

It can now support two 4K monitors simultaneously.


Xiaomi CC9 to arrive on July 2

Xiaomi CC9 to arrive on July 2

The event will take place in Beijing, China.



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Reader comments

  • Anonymous

Any movable parts is subjected to waterproof and dust proof issue.

popup& flip camera, Durability issue? What durability issue? i don't see any issue with pop up or the sliding mechanism.

  • Anonymous

After all these variation i feel bezel is something which was not bad. Definitely popup& flip camera is something cool but has durability issue. It is better to make small bezels. Like a small display which is just for these sort of notificatio...