Oppo Unveils World’s First Under-Screen Front Camera

As teased, Oppo today unveiled its Under-Screen Camera tech at MWC 2019 Shanghai. While companies like Samsung are also working on similar technology, Oppo claims to be the “world’s first” with its solution.

The Chinese smartphone company says that its Under-Screen Camera technology is a “brand new solution” to achieve smartphones with a full-screen display. A smartphone with an under-display camera will have the selfie camera in the center half of the display at the top, though it won’t be visible to the naked eye.

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Since the camera is beneath the screen, the selfie camera used by Oppo is going to be larger than traditional front cameras. Additionally, the sensor also has a very wide aperture to ensure that a sufficient amount of light reaches it. The display also uses a custom transparent material and has a redesigned pixel structure to ensure that light is able to reach the sensor. Despite the use of a transparent material, the display quality has not been compromised in any way.

The Under-screen camera technology is far from perfect, with Oppo saying that there will be issues related to haze, glare, and color cast. The company has developed algorithms which it aims to help in this regard and which is why it claims that the quality of the under-screen camera is similar to other mainstream devices.

There was no word from Oppo on which will be its first phone with an under-screen camera, though an announcement is expected “in the near future.” It is possible that we will see Oppo unveil or tease an under-screen camera smartphone at IFA 2019 in August.

Oppo has been constantly innovating in the smartphone market with its various devices. It was among the first to the market with a pop-up selfie camera smartphone and its recently launched Reno flagship offers 10x optical zoom that no other phone offers.

Our Take

While Under-screen Camera technology is definitely impressive, there’s still a lot of development that needs to happen to ensure that the selfie camera quality is not compromised. It will also be interesting to see what Apple does once this technology is ready. Since the company has ditched Touch ID in favor of Face ID, it is not in a position to ditch the notch on future iPhones even if the under-screen camera tech is fully ready.

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