The under-screen selfie camera. It’s something OEM’s have been working on for a while now. The one thing that has gotten in the way of a truly full front screen display on a smartphone is the selfie camera. OEM’s have been trying to solve the problem of having a functional camera and fully functional display at once. Well, Oppo seems to have found the solution and has announced the world’s first under-screen selfie camera.
The smartphone market has been shrinking bezels now for the past several years and the one bezel that keeps fighting them is the top bezel. This is where the selfie camera is located. Some manufacturers have come up with sliding phones and others with pop-up cameras to solve the problem. But those mechanical solutions come with their own problems. This is why an under-screen selfie camera is the best solution. It’s not mechanical and it won’t break.
Oppo has had their fingers in both sliding phones and pop-up cameras to solve the problem and at MWC Shanghai they’ve introduced what everyone has been waiting for, the under-screen selfie camera.
Oppo says the display uses a custom transparent material that works with a redesigned pixel structure so that light can get through to the camera. The sensor itself is said to be larger than other selfie cameras, with a wider aperture lens in front. The area of the screen reserved for the camera still works with touch control, and Oppo says display quality won’t be compromised — though hands-on photos from Engadget Chinese suggest the camera area is visible in certain conditions.
Oppo does acknowledge that putting a screen in front of a camera will inherently reduce photo image quality, with significant problems like haze, glare, and color cast needing to be overcome. The company says it’s developed algorithms that are tuned to the hardware in order to address these issues, and claims the quality is “on par with mainstream devices,” but we’ll have to see for ourselves what that means once the tech ships on a commercial phone.The Verge
Oppo says they plan on bringing the under-screen selfie camera to a device in the near future but for now, it will only be featured on the prototype shown at MWC Shanghai.
Last Updated on February 3, 2021.