Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO took the wraps off its ground-breaking Under-Screen Camera (USC) technology at MWC Shanghai 2019 last week.
With the trend towards narrower smartphone bezels continuing, OPPO’s USC has integrated the front camera and the screen, almost eliminating bezels entirely, providing users with an immersive screen experience and an integrated body. It also enables users to see and capture the entire screen, take photos, use face unlock and make video calls.
“OPPO is committed to product and technology innovation that creates a more immersive and comprehensive experience for users,” said Qiao Jiadong, Product Manager at OPPO.
“USC is part of OPPO’s vision for the future that we hope will promote the industry’s technological evolution from zero to one. We also view our technological innovation as a way to expand the imagination while opening up a wide range of application scenarios,” he added.
USC features a customised camera module that captures more light; zoning control is employed on the screen, together with “highly-transparent” material that enhances transmittance of light through the screen. In addition, through OPPO’s customized algorithm, haze removal algorithm and white balance algorithm, USC can enable (a) complete photography experience and support features like smart beauty mode and photo filers in the future.
“As smartphones offer more functionalities nowadays, users have higher demand for immersive and broad screen view. From the water-drop screen to pivot structure, to USC technology announced today, OPPO has been exploring the best balance between ‘thin and light’ and ‘full screen’,” said Mr Jiadong, “OPPO hopes to provide users with the ultimate ‘true full screen’ through the USC technology.”
OPPO explained that the display uses a custom transparent material to achieve the ground-breaking feat of engineering. While not yet ready for a commercial release, OPPO says it plans to launch a USC-equipped device “in the near future.”
OPPO is a leading global smart device brand operating in more than 40 countries and regions including Cambodia. Employing more than 40,000, it has six research institutes and four R&D centres worldwide as well as an international design centre in London.