Oppo has unveiled its next-generation under-screen camera (USC) technology for smartphones. The company says this new development offers a “perfect balance between consistent screen quality and camera image quality.”

It says multiple innovations were required, some of which include shrinking the size of each pixel, using a transparent wiring material instead of the traditional screen, and 1-to-1 pixel circuit driving. Oppo has also shared images of a prototype device housing the new under-screen camera delivering a true full screen experience.

An under-display selfie camera seems to be the best solution as of now to deliver a true full screen experience and ZTE, in the past, has released a couple of smartphones (Axon 20 and Axon 30) with under-screen selfie cameras, but they had drawbacks like poor image quality and the fact the sensor was not completely hidden.

Oppo prototyped a device back in 2019 where the screen above the selfie camera lens was made of a highly transparent material with a different pixel arrangement. This device did not make it to the market commercially but now, the company has announced its next-generation USC technology.

Oppo says it has combined hardware innovation and its proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to maintain the integrity and consistency of the display when the camera is not being used, as well as when it is being used.


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