After teasing a short and fast-paced video on the internet, Oppo has finally demonstrated the first-ever under-the-display camera at the MWC 2019 in Shanghai earlier this week.
In an effort to squeeze the screen real estate to its fullest, Oppo literally experimented with various notches and pop-up mechanisms. The Chinese OEM is tackling one of the last pieces of obstruction on a screen and that’s a front-facing camera. With this tech, the problem is almost gone as you cannot spot the camera on the display although you can see a light shadow of the camera module behind the display when the screen is too low.
Folks at The Verge and Engadget got to use the tech in its early state where if you hold the phone, it has a truly Full-Screen display with no notch and no pop-up mechanism for its front-cam which is basically under the display. The report further adds that the section where the front camera lies behind the display is more pixelated as Oppo pointed out that has a redesigned pixel structure in order to transmit more light onto the camera while being active when the camera is not in use.
In fact, Oppo developed a customized display panel since conventional panels wouldn’t work with this principle at hand. The under-the-display camera has larger pixels, sensor size, and the aperture in order to escalate transmittance while dropping the resolution of the camera a bit which is a kind of compromise you have to make with this new tech. However, Oppo is working towards the algorithms that will be applied to its front camera in order to remove haze, better quality, and clarity, white balance on HDR mode and more but it does have camera quality of mainstream devices for sure.
Even though the camera is housed under the display, it does becomes slightly apparent under certain conditions such as when the display brightness is too low. However, note that this is a new tech and Oppo is currently working towards improving it. The Chinese OEM Oppo isn’t the only one playing with this tech as Xiaomi expressed a similar tech in development as well which could mean there are other smartphone makers working towards the same as well.
So when do we expect Oppo to launch a device with the under-the-display camera? The answer is “very soon” since Oppo didn’t comment about the release date at this moment although since the tech was showcased at the event similar to Oppo Reno, it does hint towards its imminent release sometime next year if not this year.