Oppo has announced the latest version of its underscreen camera technology, claiming that it can place a selfie camera under the display “without compromising the integrity of the screen”. Unlike previous approaches of reducing the pixel density of the portion of the screen that covers the camera to let more light through, Oppo is using smaller pixels to maintain the same 400ppi sharpness as the rest of the OLED panel.
According to Oppo, the results show that users have “almost no visual difference”. [under-screen camera] The daily use of areas and the rest of the screen provides a much more immersive visual experience.” The company showed an image of a prototype phone running an e-reader app. This is due to the initial under-display camera due to its white background and sharp text. This would be almost the worst case scenario.
Here is a sample image provided by Oppo regarding the quality of the camera itself.
It’s just one sample in good lighting and there seems to be some color artifacts in certain parts of the image. But it looks a lot better than what you get from the first under-display camera on ZTE’s Axon 20 5G.
That said, ZTE has actually put one on Oppo by already shipping the phone, and the latest Axon 30 will also improve the tech. ZTE claims the same 400ppi density and better camera quality than the Axon 20 in the camera part of the screen.
Oppo has been working on an under-display camera for a long time, with a world-first demo at MWC Shanghai 2019, but one day we’ll have to put one into a real commercial device. For now, it’s hard to say too much about technological improvements without seeing the prototype in person.