Samsung's Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast of a smartphone, which T3 dubbed as one of the best and most expensive phones you can get in 2020. It's packing powerful components, a huge screen, and an amazing camera – an area in which Samsung has excelled, with both this handset and the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
But there's an up-and-coming rival that Samsung should keep a weather eye on, in the form of Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, which has just perfected a futuristic feature that will be coming to its smartphones as early as next year.
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Xiaomi's Mi 10 Ultra launched in China earlier this month, and is sporting some impressive camera specs straight off the bat. That alone is enough to give Samsung's smartphone lineup a run for its money, but Xiaomi is going to turn the heat up on its rivals with the roll-out of its under-screen camera technology that's finally consumer-ready.
This world-first tech has been debuted in a video posted by Twitter leaker Ice Universe (opens in new tab), and is being showcased in a Mi 10 Ultra handset, alongside the released version of the device, which features a pinhole front-facing camera. You can check out the side-by-side below.
Big news: Xiaomi announced the third generation of under-screen camera technology. The video below is a special under-screen camera version of the Mi 10 Ultra, which has reached a usable level, which is very exciting. This technology will be mass-produced in early 2021. pic.twitter.com/m8bujC2KCsAugust 28, 2020
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Xiaomi isn't the only company working on under-screen camera tech; fellow Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has also been experimenting with it, and the two companies teamed up last year to create a prototype handset with the feature but it never made it to market.
Once the technology rolls out at a consumer level, it won't be long before the brands with a more global reach follow suit; as with the foldable smartphones, it's likely this is something that's already being worked on and perfected to be consumer-ready.
If that is the case, hopefully Samsung will take its time to avoid a repeat of the Galaxy Fold situation which saw a rushed release followed by a plethora of problems, that resulted in a re-release of the device a few months later. All eyes are on next year's Unpacked to see what Samsung is bringing to the table.