Oppo unveils next-generation under-screen camera tech for its smartphones

By Anju T K, Intern Reporter
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Chinese consumer electronics and mobile communications company Oppo has introduced its smartphone’s next-generation under-screen camera (USC) tech.

One-to-one pixel circuit driving, decreasing the size of each pixel, and using a transparent wire material instead of a standard screen are just a few examples. Oppo has also released photographs of a prototype device with the new under-screen camera, which provides a full-screen experience.

An under-display selfie camera truly is the best solution for delivering an actual full-screen experience right now, and ZTE has previously released two smartphones with under-screen selfie cameras (Axon 20 and Axon 30), but they had disadvantages such as poor image quality and the fact that the sensor was not completely hidden.

Oppo prototyped a handset in 2019 with a screen composed of a very transparent material with a modified pixel layout above the selfie camera lens.

According to the company, it has unveiled its next-generation USC technology, which is believed to provide several benefits, that is “perfect balance between consistent screen quality and camera image quality.”

Oppo claims to have merged hardware innovation with its unique artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to keep the display’s integrity and consistency when the camera is not in use, as well as when it is.

The Chinese manufacturer shared some images prototype smartphone with USC. There are no notches or holes in the display, and there are no motorized parts. At least based on the photographs provided by Oppo, it appears to be completely smooth and hard to tell where the selfie camera is hidden under the display.

Further, Oppo has not stated when a phone using USC technology will be available to the general public. It says it would keep working on improving its under-screen camera technology through research and development.

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