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That under-display camera from Oppo is real and I need it NOW

Seriously, NOW.

Oppo under screen camera
Image: Oppo

Oppo teased its under-display camera technology recently, which hides the selfie camera under the screen. That means no need for hole-punches, notches, pop-ups, or huge bezels, as the screen is seamless over the camera.

Now the company has taken the shutters off the tech, showcasing it at MWC Shanghai. Oppo says it’s not quite up to the image quality of mainstream handsets, so it’ll probably be a while before we see it in a production handset.

Oppo has created a magical under-display camera

Oppo under screen selfie camera
Image: Oppo

They say that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. I can certainly believe it after seeing these new images from Oppo.

  • It’s called USC, (short for Under Screen Camera), and it uses a combination of a customized camera module, optimizing algorithms and AI learning
  • The “highly-transparent” display allows light to pass through to the camera while still displaying your phone’s picture
  • It’s not just good enough for selfies, the camera tech can be used for video calls or even face unlock

It feels like innovation is back in the mobile world, after years of specification-chasing and emulating each other’s designs. If 2018 was the year of the notch, will 2020 be the year of the under-screen camera? We won’t have long to wait, with both Oppo and Xiaomi actively pursuing the tech.

What do you think? Interested in Oppo’s new camera tech? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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