Oppo shows off prototype smartphone with under-display selfie camera

Kelley Robertson
June 4, 2019

Oppo's video is rather similar, however it doesn't show the handset working as a normal phone, instead only displaying the under display camera tech, so while neither phone appears to be ready for the market yet, we'd expect to see Xiaomi's first.

As you can see in the video tweeted below by OPPO, a prototype of some sort has an all-screen display.

Oppo is working on a smartphone with under-display selfie camera technology. For now, we just have to wait and watch as companies race to end the notch era and also offer a viable substitute for punch-hole and pop-up cameras.

The video clip of this technology was shared by Oppo's Vice President Brian Shen on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform, without much details. This has led to everything from popup cameras such as those in the OnePlus 7 Pro and Galaxy A80, flipable cameras, and, in the case of the Vivo Nex Dual Display Edition, placing a second screen on the rear.

Under display cameras can "see" through a phone's screen in a particularly thin area, so you can't see the snapper (although it can see you).

Now, Oppo and Xiaomi have taken a page from the evolution of fingerprint sensors in smartphones. While Oppo didn't reveal information about the prototype, Xiaomi slapped an under the display camera on the existing Mi 9. The patent shows a device with an under-display selfie shooter.

According to The Phone Talks, Xiaomi filed a patent for photosensitive screen function in November a year ago that uses two separate screen display portions to alternately facilitate the passage of light to the camera.

In a follow-up post, Shen said that the technology is still in its early days. To this, he added, "However, the realization of new technology is developed to perfection".

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