OPPO has officially unveiled its new under-display camera (UDC) technology, which is claimed to feature significant improvements to its image quality. As you may recall from our past report, the company had been testing the tech via a working prototype that was showcased during its Inno Day event back in 2019.
Jointly developed with Chinese display manufacturer BOE, the screen above the UDC lens features an innovative pixel geometry that shrinks the size of every pixel, reaching a density of 400ppi. Combined with a new transparent wiring material, this enables more light to pass through the display panel into the lens – resulting in more detailed shots with the UDC. In addition, captured images are also further enhanced via a new imaging AI algorithm that is capable of reducing diffraction such as blurring and glares.
OPPO’s next generation UDC tech not only features improvements to image capture, but also to the quality of display itself. As seen with several smartphones that sport a similar technology, a “patched” area is often visible above the under-display camera module, which breaks the seamlessness of the display. OPPO says that it has developed a new solution for this issue by having each pixel circuit on the panel above the UDC to drive only one pixel, as opposed to the current industry standard of having one pixel circuit to drive two pixels.
This is also fine tuned via a “precise algorithmic compensation technology” that controls the brightness of the entire screen with a deviation of about 2% – resulting in a seamless overall display with no noticeable loss in quality or difference in brightness. OPPO says that users should notice “almost no visual difference between the [UDC] area and the rest of the screen during everyday use, creating a much more immersive visual experience.”
While the company claims that its UDC tech is now commercially ready, it has yet to announce any potential products that will come with the feature. Like most of the major innovations developed by OPPO, it is highly likely that the tech will debut together with the brand’s next generation flagship devices such as the Find X smartphones.
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