Chinese electronics manufacturer OPPO has announced the world's first smartphone with a front-facing camera completely hidden under the screen.
Companies from all over the world are now grappling with the challenge of how to place a selfie camera on the front of a smartphone, much of which is occupied by the screen. As often happens, the race started Apple company who created the well-known ledge - “notch” or popularly “unibrow”. Samsung, having introduced the S10 model, offered a variant with a single hole right in the screen itself. But OPPO has taken a fundamentally new approach.
The unique device was demonstrated at the MWC Shanghai 2019 conference. At the same time, the company revealed some details about how the technology it proposed works. The display is created using a special transparent material with a special pixel structure that allows light to penetrate. At the same time, the size of the camera itself is somewhat larger than usual. The screen area under which the camera is located is touch-sensitive, like the rest of its surface. It is alleged that the presence of a camera does not affect the quality of the image. But, under certain conditions, you can still see the camera.
The manufacturer acknowledges that such a placement of the camera will inevitably affect the quality of the pictures - turbidity, glare, color spots may appear. However, all these problems can be corrected with the help of special software. OPPO claims that the algorithms it has developed can eliminate all problems and, as a result, the quality of images is almost indistinguishable from those taken with conventional cameras.
So it or not, users will be able to make sure only when the smartphone goes on sale. When will it happen? The manufacturer claims that "already in the very near future."