Chinese mobile maker Oppo today unveiled its solution to the ubiquitous smartphone display notch – the “word’s first” Under-Screen Camera (USC).
The fullscreen display-enabling technology was; demonstrated to the public at Shanghai’s Chinese Mobile World Congress, following a teaser earlier this month.
According to; Oppo, the selfie camera is embedded under a section of the display that’s made of a highly transparent custom material with a special pixel structure, which enables light to pass through to the lens. The selfie camera is also; said to be larger than other front-facing cameras, featuring a wider aperture lens in front of the sensor.
The Chinese mobile company has; already admitted that putting a camera under; the screen will make it harder to match the quality of an unobstructed smartphone camera.
To compensate, however, Oppo said; it has developed software algorithms that address haze, glare, and color cast issues, resulting in pictures that are “on par with mainstream devices.”
We won’t know how; accurate that claim is until the tech hits the market, and it’s still not clear exactly when the under-screen camera will debut in a consumer product, but the company says it plans to launch a device featuring its USC “in the near future.”
This isn’t the first time Oppo has tried to innovate in the mobile camera space. The company in February introduced a 10x optical zoom camera system for; smartphones, and just last month unveiled its latest flagship OnePlus 7 Pro phone, which features a bezel-free display and pop-up selfie camera.