Oppo shows off the world's first phone with Under-Screen Camera technology

Oppo shows off the world's first phone with Under-Screen Camera technology
First came the loathed notch. Then Samsung (and Huawei) started drilling actual holes into the screens of their high-end (and even mid-range) devices to move one step closer to the bezelless dream. Pop-ups and sliders are also a thing nowadays, despite the inherent vulnerabilities of mechanical camera modules, but what most smartphone manufacturers might actually be working on is invisible selfie shooters.

Invisible to the unassuming eye of the user, that is, with Oppo becoming the world's first company today to showcase a (partially) functional prototype of a phone equipped with "Under-Screen Camera technology." Oppo and Xiaomi teased this breakthrough pretty much simultaneously a few weeks back, but we're guessing the latter is one or two steps behind the former when it comes to actually developing the technology.


Before you get too excited, though, you may want to remember handsets with under-display cameras are not expected to be commercially released this year. That's because there are a number of hurdles yet to be overcome, starting with the quality of pictures taken by these hidden shooters. Just like in-screen fingerprint readers, the display-embedded imaging sensors are simply not as accurate and capable as their conventional counterparts... yet.


But Oppo seems pretty confident this challenge will soon be conquered through the implementation of haze removal, HDR, and white balance technologies resulting in a truly bezel-less phone with a selfie camera rivaling "current smartphones in the market today." In addition to a drool worthy promotional video and a series of live prototype pictures from the 2019 Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, Oppo has tweeted a short explanation of the Under-Screen Camera (USC) technology earlier today, describing it as a combination of a customized camera module, an enhanced translucent panel material, and advanced processing algorithms aimed at taking "vivid pictures without a notch or motorized camera."

Sounds like mass manufacturing will not exactly be a breeze, which is yet another key reason why we need to wait until next year (at the earliest) to see this innovation translated into a commercial product. Fingers crossed for better quality than the early performance of under-display fingerprint scanners.

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16 Comments

1. alanrock

Posts: 298; Member since: Oct 04, 2018

anti-bezel fullscreen movement is coming strong with Oppo.

2. S4NDY

Posts: 232; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

Modern days Lumia phone (design)

3. Habib111

Posts: 45; Member since: Feb 12, 2019

This is the way to the future

4. Mikele

Posts: 136; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

Life is full of art! Welcome on board under display camera a deserved Milestone from Oppo

5. Mike88

Posts: 321; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Shows of what?? Samsung started showing off a foldable phone in 2013 and we know what happened,, I hate googlers policy to show a fake prototype long time before the actual product so that everyone will think this is an advance company and has the latest technology before everyone... Imagine Apple showing off a flying phone to release it after 20 yrs.. This under display camera is not a big technology even, it was about to launch after S8 came out,, people were expecting it in S9 then S10 but it didn't so why are Android companies showing a fake protype now rather than an actual product?

8. Abdbaas

Posts: 140; Member since: Apr 05, 2016

Let me explain how it works. It's not about when you gonna release a product (because all brands are working on the same innovations since the same latest tech is available to all) but it's about pressuring the competitors and basically saying "look everyone, we gonna do it before you".

10. TheOracle1

Posts: 2210; Member since: May 04, 2015

Last year they said the same thing about the Vivo Apex concept phone and it was released as the Nex three months later. So Mike88 you should stfu before you look even more silly.

11. Vancetastic

Posts: 1095; Member since: May 17, 2017

Just get an Android device and you won’t have to be jealous.

16. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Exactly.

6. Sparkxster

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Quite the impressive achievement Oppo.

7. tyger11

Posts: 290; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Say goodbye to being able to cover your phone's selfie camera for privacy concerns.

14. ijuanp03

Posts: 566; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Huh? Camera can only peep when the display is off on that area. When the display is on, it can only see bright light. Say goodbye to stupid logic.

15. rsiders

Posts: 1932; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Oh they'll find a way around it. Just give it time.

9. Poptart2828

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Another milestone from BBK.

12. Dbosss

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 18, 2019

Oppo is the only company who is always constant in bringing the innovation to the table first! But the sad truth is people always want to wait until Apple samsung google to implement the same and own it

13. Poptart2828

Posts: 359; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I agree. I think you can add xiaomi and vivo to that list.

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