The “infinite screens” trend has never exactly fulfilled its promise to deliver a device with a display that occupies the entire front of the device. This, of course, is due to some limitations in the construction of the hardware, such as the front camera or the chassis design.
The first reason is even the reason why the iPhones X, XS, XS Max and XR have the front cutout (known as notch). In that small space there are sensors and cameras from the TrueDepth system, responsible for bringing Face ID to life. In the new iPad Pro, however, Apple managed to eliminate this cutout thanks to the extra space on the tablet’s chassis.
For the Chinese manufacturer OPPO, however, producing a smartphone that has a front camera and an infinite display will soon be a reality, based on technology under-screen camera (USC). The company was the first to demonstrate the use of a front camera installed under the device’s screen during Mobile Congress World 2019 in Shanghai (China).
According to OPPO, the display uses a transparent material that has a pixelated structure so that the light can reach the front camera. The sensor itself is larger than the front cameras of other devices, with a lens with a wider aperture to precisely capture more light as well.
OPPO’s brand new solution for full-screen display – Under-screen Camera (USC) has just been unveiled here at # MWC19 Shanghai! #MoreThanTheSeen pic.twitter.com/k5qEQ3QNta
– OPPO India (@oppomobileindia) June 26, 2019
OPPO’s new solution for full-screen display – camera under the screen (USC) has just been unveiled here at # MWC19 Shanghai! #MoreThanTheSeen
This does not mean that the display area on the camera is “unusable” or does not even faithfully show the content on the screen. According to the manufacturer, this region is sensitive to touch and true to the display quality of the rest of the screen. Despite this, depending on the inclination and ambient light, it is possible to see the difference in the display in the camera region.
As not everything is flowers, OPPO recognizes that placing a screen in front of a camera can reduce the quality of images, due to problems such as fog, reflection and color conversion. To solve this, the company stated that it is developing an algorithm capable of balancing these characteristics, providing a selfie with quality comparable to that of other smartphones.