The future of smartphones looks set to abandon the top notch and hole punch camera altogether as OPPO unveils new underscreen camera technology for unobscured user experiences.
Revealed last week during the MWC tech conference in Shanghai, the underscreen camera (USC) will provide users with a complete view of the smartphone display as the camera is hidden beneath the screen. The technology also includes the usual features like capturing the entire screen, using face unlock and making video calls.
There’s currently no word which smartphone will feature this new technology. As OPPO only launched its Reno 5G smartphone back in June, it may be sometime before USC makes it out into the real world.
USC features a customised version of OPPO’s camera module to capture more light; zoning control is employed on the screen, together with “highly-transparent” material that enhances transmittance of light through the screen.
A new algorithm is used to remove haze and balance colour. OPPO says USC can enable a complete photography experience and will support features like smart beauty mode and photo filters in the future.
— OPPO (@oppo) June 26, 2019
“As smartphones offer more functionalities than ever before, consumers have a higher demand for technologies that provide an immersive user experience,” said Michael Tran, Managing Director of OPPO Australia.
“OPPO is committed to providing new and exciting innovations that push the boundaries of smartphone capability, and we believe our new Under-Screen Camera is the future of smartphone design.”
During the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, OPPO also exhibited how the Reno 5G smartphone can load large-scale mobile games using the cloud via a 5G network, enabling users to enjoy the benefits of 5G cloud gaming.
OPPO also demonstrated its Internet of Things open platform, which is compatible with products across more than 20 categories, including more than 260 devices from a variety of brands although no specifics were provided at the time of writing.