Oppo's in-display camera. (Oppo)
Oppo's in-display camera. (Oppo)

Oppo tests under-display camera tech: Here's what it looks like

  • Oppo's under-display front-facing camera doesn’t require the workarounds smartphone makers have been employing for the last two years like notches and mechanical sliders
  • Oppo's parent company BBK Electronics has made several innovations in bezel-less smartphone displays

Oppo on Monday showed off a working demonstration of what could be the world’s first under-display camera technology. Oppo's under-display front-facing camera doesn’t require the workarounds smartphone makers have been employing for the last two years (notches, hole punches, pop-up sliding mechanisms). The company didn't mention about how its in-display camera tech works.

Once the technology is successfully implemented in a smartphone, it will be a win not just for Oppo, but also for its parent company BBK Electronics. The Chinese conglomerate's sub-brands, especially Vivo and Oppo, have quite a few industry-first innovations to their names, most of which revolve around bezel-less displays.

Vivo last year became the first company to introduce an in-display fingerprint scanner in a smartphone, with the Vivo X20. Then it went on to make the first notch-less smartphone, the Vivo Nex, that sported a pop-up selfie camera mechanism to eliminate the notch cutout found on top of smartphones to accommodate the front facing optics.

Oppo, also introduced the Find X smartphone last year with a similar no-notch design, but with a mechanical slider that contained the front facing mechanism. The brand also triggered the fast-charging race by introducing super-fast VOOC charging, that significantly brings down battery charging times to two-digit minute figures.

It also demonstrated a working concept of the periscope lens contraption before it made its way to the Huawei P30 Pro and Oppo Reno 10x Zoom.

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