Oppo was already releasing teasers about what would be the first device with a selfie camera under the screen. And now it fulfills the promise and shows how this sensor works. The company participates in Mobile World Congress Shanghai and calls the new technology of “Under-Screen Camera” (USC).
According to the description, this is a “custom camera module that captures more light, leveraging optimized algorithms and learning artificial intelligence to improve camera performance.”
In terms of hardware, Oppo uses a “highly transparent” material and says that it allows light to cross more easily without affecting normal panel operations. The camera module and the sensor itself would have larger apertures and pixels. Although the exact details about this compared to conventional sets are not very clear.
— OPPO (@oppo) June 26, 2019
Oppo also uses so-called “zoning control,” which uses a pixel management system at the top of the camera. All this, according to the company, is what allows you to take selfies, identify faces and record video.
What about the quality of the images?
Obviously the first question that remains is whether the quality of the capture is the same as other sensors. According to Oppo itself, the initial results should not be as good as the cameras available on the market.
The staff of Engadget China and 9to5Google made some images of how the panel was:
There is still no forecast for USC to hit the market. But the technology looks promising. Even more so considering that Oppo must make good headway with that front and possibly must deploy it to intermediate devices. It remains for us to see how competitors such as Xiaomi, who have also shown interest in sensors under the screen, will respond to this announcement.