Past few years smartphones designs have been the most challenging and innovating devices we have ever seen and we are watching numerous designs to increase the screen-to-body ratio, and where to put major components on devices and we have seen the fingerprint sensor getting under the display and this time its the selfie camera get down under.
The China-based global phone manufacturer Oppo has finally lifted the covers off its under-screen selfie camera (UCS) for the public at the MWC Shanghai 2019 the innovative function was teased earlier this month.
A commercial device will be available in the future.
Oppo says the display uses a custom transparent material that works with a redesigned pixel structure so that light can get through to the camera. The sensor itself is said to be larger than other selfie cameras, with a wider aperture lens in front. The area of the screen reserved for the camera still works with touch control, and Oppo says display quality won’t be compromised.
The company agrees that putting a screen in front of a camera will inherently reduce photo image quality, with significant problems like haze, glare, and color cast needing to be overcome. The company says it’s developed algorithms that are tuned to the hardware in order to address these issues and claims the quality is “on par with mainstream devices,”.
Oppo recently released the Oppo Reno series which included the differently designed popup selfie camera.
Oppo has also announced a new trademark communications technology designed to let people call or chat across medium distances without using cellular networks, Wi-Fi, or Bluetooth.
The protocol is called MeshTalk and it is a decentralized, end-to-end system that the company says can enveloper up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) outdoors — or even further in more crowded environments when signal relay between devices can be used.
The company claims that MeshTalk doesn’t have a significant effect on battery life, and indeed plans for it to work with a 72-hour standby mode so that phones can still be reached in an emergency when they’re low on power.