OPPO under-display selfie camera launched at MWC Shanghai 2019 via Revu Philippines

OPPO reveals world’s first under-screen camera

In Phones by Ramon Lopez1 Comment

The era of notched displays and motorized selfie cameras could soon be over. OPPO today unveiled the world’s first under-display camera at MWC Shanghai 2019, after teasing it weeks ago.

The camera is integrated directly into the screen, and when it is not being used, the display on top will continue to show pixels over the area where the camera is located. And all this for an uninterrupted screen with no notch or hole-punch cutout.

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Of course, OPPO is no stranger to finding ways to increase the screen real estate while still incorporating a camera designed for selfies and vlogging. It has done everything, from notches of different shapes and sizes to pop-out mechanical cameras.

The company’s latest flagship, the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition, has a wedge-shaped camera module that pops up from inside the body when you need it. Meanwhile, the OPPO F11 and A5s — both crowd favorites — have a dewdrop notch for the front-facing camera.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition review: Built for speed & photography

For its all-new in-screen camera, OPPO uses a panel with a transparent material on top of it that allows light to enter the camera module. OPPO says it won’t affect how the display performs, thus it should work like any other smartphone display with full-touch functionality. But it has been reported that the camera is actually visible at certain angles.

READ ALSO: OPPO Reno hands-on review: Ace hardware with a pop-up camera

Regarding image quality, OPPO has said pictures taken with the front camera might be degraded due to haze, glare, diffraction, and color cast, although the camera software has algorithms onboard in order to deal with these issues. We’ll just have to see when the camera makes it into a commercial product.

The first market-ready OPPO phone with an under-display camera will reportedly come “in the near future,” but likely not in 2019.

Hopefully, we get to see the under-screen camera technology in a commercial smartphone by early 2020

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 11 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between. His latest addiction is the comments section of viral Facebook posts.