Oppo showcases a smartphone with the world's first under-screen selfie camera

Oppo says that its first smartphone with an under-screen camera will be launched in the near future.

Oppo, a company that appears to be obsessed with the idea of a truly bezel-less phone, just took to the MWC Shanghai show-floor to unveil the world’s first working smartphone prototype with an under-screen selfie camera.

Earlier this month, the Chinese smartphone company did tease that the technology would be on display at MWC Shanghai but did not reveal much about the workings behind it.

Oppo claims that the display uses a custom transparent material that features a redesigned pixel structure, allowing light to pass through to the camera. The sensor itself is also claimed to be larger than other selfie cameras, with a wider aperture lens in front.

Oppo's prototype smartphone with an under-display selfie camera. Image: Oppo

Oppo's prototype smartphone with an under-display selfie camera. Image: Oppo

The display area over the camera still works with touch control, and Oppo says that display quality doesn't get compromised. Images of the prototype, however, do reveal that the camera underneath does show itself a wee bit at certain angles.

As per a report by The Verge, Oppo does note that putting a screen in front of a camera will, in turn, reduce photo image quality. But company officials did clarify that the algorithms developed for the phone are tuned to the hardware in order to deal with these inherent issues. In fact, Oppo's going far enough to claim that the quality of images shot with the front camera is “on par with mainstream devices.”

How accurate is that bit of information? Well, we'll only know once we've tried the tech for ourselves.

Now, Oppo isn't quite ready with a commercially available phone which features the new under-screen camera, but the company did mention that a phone will be launched "in the near future".

Given the fact that Oppo does show off new tech only months before a commercial launch — as was the case with its 10x zoom capable periscope lens tech which we saw debut with the Reno — we won't be surprised to see a phone before the end of the year.

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