Oppo shows off the 'world's first' under-screen selfie camera

Ruben Fields
June 26, 2019

Some players have gone for smaller notches on the front, others like OnePlus and Redmi have gone for a pop-up selfie camera, but Oppo, which was one of the first to test out pop-up front cameras, is trying something completely different.

OPPO's brand new solution for full-screen display - Under-screen Camera (USC) has just been unveiled here at #MWC19 Shanghai! Since the camera is under the screen, that exact portion of the display has been redesigned to be a transparent medium for light to pass through to the sensor.

On top of that pixels on the screen above the camera will be controlled when the camera is in use, although Oppo doesn't say what this means - it's most likely that the screen will turn off around the camera when you want to use it.

After teasing us with the prospect of an under-display front-facing camera just a day before its Innovation Event at MWC Shanghai, Oppo has finally unveiled it in all of its glory.

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Not only were journalists able to get a look at the new tech, but OPPO also revealed some more of the technical details behind its under-screen camera. When using the selfie camera, users will see a short animation highlighting the position of the camera. While this provides you with a seamless display that also works with touch, the camera is still visible under the screen in certain situations.

The report notes that Oppo will rely on a very customized display panel in order to implement its USC technology. The camera is also special - it comes with a large aperture, a big sensor, and greater pixel size to combat any light refraction.

Exact timeline on the arrival of USC and MeshTalk on commercial devices is yet to be announced.

Oppo has customised the communication chipset to make way for the MeshTalk technology.

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