Smartphone makers over the past couple of years seem to desperately work upon ways to increase the screen-to-body ratio in their devices. Several components like the speaker, the fingerprint sensor are already integrated into the phone display. While the tech is yet to become sustainable, they actually work. And now the Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has become the first company to come up with a device with its selfie camera under the display.
Oppo demonstrated its under-screen camera at Mobile World Congress Shanghai this week, with an already launched teaser earlier in the month. The company had put display notches and pop-up motor mechanism to house its front camera with an attempt to gain bezel-less display. Oppo also disclosed information on how the in-display camera technology works.
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According to the company, the device display makes use of a custom transparent material that works with a redesigned pixel structure that allows light to pass through the camera. Similarly, the selfie sensor is said to comprise a wider aperture lens, thus is larger than other selfie cameras. The selfie camera reserved part of the screen still works with touch control. And the display quality won’t get compromised, according to Oppo. While in some conditions, the camera area is visible, suggests hands-on-photos from Engadget Chinese.
But the company itself acknowledges that an in-display camera reduces photo image quality, with issues like haze, glare, and color cast. However, it also stated that it has developed algorithms that tune with the hardware in order to address the issues and hence asserts that quality to be on par with mainstream devices.
Regarding the launch of the real device on a commercial scale, it’s still skeptical when this technology will grace commercial devices.