Till now, we have already seen what kind of notches the smartphones come with – regular notch, waterdrop notch, hole-punch notch and no-notch with a pop-up selfie camera. To include the front camera in the smartphones, the notches were somewhat important as they hold the selfie camera and other sensors. There were also some smartphones which came with their own innovative and new ideas to avoid the notch like the Samsung Galaxy A80 with its rotating camera and the Asus Zenfone 6 with its flip-up camera. But now, the Chinese smartphone maker, Oppo has revealed a smartphone with a non-mechanical under the display selfie camera which removes the notch completely without putting any moving parts into the phone.
Oppo’s Vice President, Brian Shen, on the Chinese social messaging platform, Weibo shared a short video which shows a smartphone’s prototype. This prototype smartphone comes with no visible notch and no-pop up selfie camera or moving cameras of that sort. But when the front facing camera icon is tapped, the smartphone opens the front camera even though there is no front camera visible on the smartphone. When the front camera of the prototype is opened, it shows the ceiling of the room it is kept in, the user also hovers his finger above the smartphone, the action is reflected back on the smartphone screen showing that the camera of the smartphone is working and is not just a gimmick.
Oppo’s VP Chen also said that the new smartphone camera technology is still in its early part of development. He said, “At this stage, it’s difficult for under-display cameras to match the same results as normal cameras, there’s bound to be some loss in optical quality. But, no new technology jumps to perfection right away.”
It is true that the under-display camera cannot match the same quality of image as the normal above display cameras. But it should also be noted that, if the new technology is perfected then it can surely replace the current ‘notched’ camera smartphones. And unlike the moving cameras like the pop-up selfie cameras, the under-display camera won’t be prone to damages or wear and tear damage.
The company currently hasn’t revealed when it will be using this technology on a mass-produced smartphone but since the new camera technology is far from perfect, we would have to wait for it to come out for the masses.
For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. 📲
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— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019
Other than Oppo, another Chinese smartphone giant, Xiaomi had also showcased a video of a prototype of Mi 9 where the company’s president said, “No hole, no notch, no pop-up camera.” In other words, Xiaomi is also testing its own version of the under the display camera. But it hasn’t yet revealed when will it be placed in a smartphone or what smartphone will be launched with the new camera technology.
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