Oppo Will Demo Smartphone with Under-Display Camera at MWC 2019 Shanghai

Apple might be content with launching another iPhone lineup this year with a notch but Android OEMs have all but made up their mind to get rid of the dreaded notch on their smartphones. After teasing a smartphone with an under-display camera at the front, Oppo has now announced that it would be demoing the smartphone at MWC 2019 Shanghai.

The event is scheduled to take place from June 26-29 later this month. It is important to note that Oppo is only promising to demo the new smartphone and not launch it.

Apart from Oppo, Xiaomi and Samsung are also working on smartphones with an under-display camera at the front.

It is clear that while the under-display camera technology has matured enough to reach demo stages, it is simply not good enough to be used in consumer devices yet. Right now, the image quality of the under-display camera is simply not good enough for use in consumer devices. However, given the R&D that is being done by companies like Samsung, Oppo, and others on this front, it is just a matter of time before this technology is ready for use in consumer smartphones.

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It will be interesting to see what Apple does when under-display camera technology is ready. Unlike Android OEMs, Apple uses the notch at the front of the iPhone X/XS series to include advanced sensors required for the TrueDepth camera and Face ID. The company might possibly be able to move the front camera under the display on future iPhones but it would still need to figure out what to do for the TrueDepth sensors.

[Via GizmoChina]