Oppo Have Laid A Gauntlet By Unveiling The World's First Under-Screen Selfie Camera
Chinese mobile company Oppo has been quietly establishing itself as one of the most consistent smartphone companies in the world, releasing underrated devices at a truly cheap price point. But away from this, they've also set a major benchmark for mobile technology, taking to Shanghai's Mobile World Congress overnight to announce that they'll be the world's first to market with a phone boasting an under-screen selfie camera.
Naturally, it's fairly logical to assume that this will spell the end for the notch as we've come to know it in recent years, with smartphones taking that final step to complete bezel-lessness.
OPPO's brand new solution for full-screen display - Under-screen Camera (USC) has just been unveiled here at #MWC19 Shanghai! #MoreThanTheSeen pic.twitter.com/k5qEQ3QNta— OPPO India (@oppomobileindia) June 26, 2019
According to Oppo, the groundbreaking tech makes use of a certain pixel arrangement in the screen which, when combined with a new transparent material that's used to make the screen, allows light to pass freely through the screen while it also functions as a display. Apparently you can see the camera resting snugly under the screen from certain angles, but for all intents and purposes, it will be invisible as you use the phone day to day.
To assist in making the camera as good as it can be given the new environment it's housed in, Oppo say that it's equipped with a wider-aperture lens that allows more light to pass in. In order to get through the issues that come with putting a screen over the front of a camera (haze, smudges, etc.,) the company says has developed algorithms that are tuned to the hardware in order to address these issues, and claims the quality is “on par with mainstream devices,”
It'll also ensure that the display and touch quality of the phone it's housed in isn't compromised. It's not known just yet whether or not Oppo actually have plans to bring the tech to market in a model this year, but it's a pretty significant step to be the first to be able to show it off.
Oppo says its first phone boasting the tech will come to market "in the near future." Fellow Chinese powerhouse Xiaomi is also set to unveil its first under-screen camera soon, with the big boys of Samsung and Apple also likely to follow. The Korean giant unveiled their plans for the future of front-facing cameras in October last year, but they're yet to bring a public prototype to life or hint that it's coming to their flagships any time soon.