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OPPO makes its "next-gen under-screen camera" official

The latest OPPO USC panel. (Source: OPPO)
The latest OPPO USC panel. (Source: OPPO)
OPPO has just unveiled the latest generation of its under-display camera technology for smartphone screens. The OEM claims to have made great strides since the last time it showcased its developments in this trendy spec. They include a new pixel-matrix that help it blend effectively into the rest of a given panel.

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OPPO has released a preview of how its first-gen under-display camera (UDC) phone might look. This technology is intended to render a small portion of a device's touchscreen transparent so that the camera located underneath it can take selfies at need.

OPPO has been working on this probable punch-hole replacement since 2018, and had even prepared a standard for the technology for submission to the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in 2020. The OEM has announced that it will call its take on the feature its under-screen camera (USC, whereas Xiaomi might intend to call its version "camera-under-panel" CUP).

OPPO's main new USC-related breakthough makes the small sub-section of active display in question "1-to-1" with the rest of the panel, even though the actual pixels in question are different sizes. This development apparently keeps detail in content such as text constant across the display, and can also boost a USC panel's quality and reliability over time.

OPPO also claims that one of its research cores (located in the US) has produced a range of AI-based algorithms to enhance the images taken with the camera involved. The company has acknowledged that previous-gen USC cameras could suffer from issues such as blur and glare due to the risk of light-diffraction through the display's specialized layers.

It claims that its new AI addresses all of these problems, and also imparts the OEM's work on optimized white balance and HDR on the new under-display sensor. All of this work has resulted in a prototype phone that, admittedly, strongly recalls the first-gen Find X, ableit without the need for a slide-up selfie camera this time.

The leaker CREATOR STUDIO has also posted a hands-on video with what appears to be the same device, revealing it to have flat edges and a slightly curved display that does seem capable of hiding its USC while not in use most (if not quite all) viewing angles.

That observation is also echoed by another famous tipster, Digital Chat Station, who also claims that this new 3rd-gen OPPO USC is now in mass production. However, there are no guarantees that this new feature will make it to potentially relevant 2022 smartphones such as the next Find X or (let's face it) the OnePlus 10 series.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-08- 4 (Update: 2021-08- 4)