For the last few years, companies started finding a more unique way to hide the front camera in order to reach a higher screen to body ratio. From pop-up camera to back camera that flips, smartphone makers came a long way. This monthly only Oppo added fuel to this by teasing its upcoming under-screen camera technology. After which Xiaomi was very to quick to announce that they were working on similar technology for their cameras. But today Oppo went further and showed off the new technology at MWC Shanghai, and Engadget China managed to get their hands on it.
Oppo says they are using a highly-transparent material plus a redesigned pixel structure for improved light transmittance so that the camera can stay behind the display and yet receive enough light to click pictures. However, that makes the area above the hidden camera slightly pixelated. Not only this setup requires a bigger sensor which drops the algorithm, but also a lot of software optimization to fix the image quality. While Oppo’s algorithm is already inside the software, more fixes to come soon. However, they did not provide any information when the technology will be available for mass production phones.