Oppo has announced the latest iteration of its camera technology below the screen, claiming it will allow a selfie camera to be placed under the screen “without compromising the integrity of the screen.” Unlike previous approaches that reduce the pixel density in the portion of the screen that covers the camera to let more light through, Oppo uses smaller pixels to maintain the same 400 ppi sharpness as the rest of the OLED panel.
The result, according to Oppo, is that users should not notice “almost any visual difference [under-screen camera] in everyday use of the area and the rest of the screen, creating a much more immersive visual experience. “The company has unveiled a picture of a prototype phone with an electronic reader that would be almost the worst case scenario for previous cameras below the screen due to the white background and sharp text.
In terms of camera quality, here is an example image provided by Oppo:
It’s just one sample in good light, and it looks like there are some colors in certain parts of the image. However, it looks much better than what you would get from the first camera under the screen that came on the market. ZTE’s Axon 20 5G.
Nevertheless, ZTE has one in Oppo by sending the phone already, and the latest Axon 30 the aim is also to improve technology. ZTE claims the same 400 ppi density in the camera part of the monitor, as well as better camera quality than the Axon 20.
Oppo has been working on the cameras under the screen for a long time and introduced the world’s first demo at MWC Shanghai in 2019, but at some point it has to be put on the actual commercial device. So far, it’s hard to say too much about the improvements in technology without even seeing the prototype itself.