Oppo Introduces First Under-Screen Selfie Camera
As of recent years, smartphone makers have been coming up with many different ways to maximize screen space by adding basic functions into the inner workings of the phone. Apple, for example, completely bagged the home button in the most recent fleet of iPhones, and also cut out wasted space at the top by introducing the notch around the camera.
Though Apple seems to have no immediate plans to kill the notch, Oppo has set out to eliminate that wee bit of space left at the top with the first ever front facing camera that is housed underneath the screen. The Chinese consumer electronics company demonstrated the sorcery at MWC Shanghai this week after teasing it early in the month. According to their explanation, the display uses a highly-transparent material with a redesigned pixel structure allowing light to pass through. The camera itself also features bigger pixels and a larger aperture to catch as much light as possible. From the photos that were released, a small pixelated-looking area is definitely visible, but it doesn’t seem to be as much of a distraction as the hinge in Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.
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Of course, it’s likely that the picture quality will be impacted when a screen is placed in front of a camera but Oppo is working to make the resolution “on par with mainstream devices.” They’ve recognized that haze, glare, and color will pose the biggest issue, and have taken steps to address them by developing special image processing algorithms.
This also is not the first time they’ve tried their hand with new ideas in the mobile camera space. Back in February, Oppo introduced a 10x optical zoom camera for smartphones, and last month they revealed their flagship OnePlus 7 Pro with a bezel-free display and a pop-up selfie camera.
Though they were not able to estimate any kind of arrival time for the new selfie-cam, Oppo promises it’ll launch “in the near future.”