Oppo shows off Under Screen Camera (USC) tech that could change screens

Alonzo Simpson
June 26, 2019

Vivo iQoo 5G Smartphone & AR Glasses Officially Revealed. The part of the screen that is above the lens is made of a unique highly-transparent material with redesigned pixel structure to ensure optimal transmittance of light.

Thanks to these tweaks, Oppo is now boasting that its under-screen camera will take photos that match up to any other selfie camera and will come with all of the usual bells-and-whistles including a portrait and, ugh, beauty modes.

Oppo calls the technology USC (short for Under-Screen Camera), and claims it's a "customized camera module that captures more light while leveraging optimized algorithms and AI learning to improve camera performance".

On top of the available hardware, Oppo uses algorithms such as haze removal, HDR, and white balance to address image quality issues occur on the under-display camera sensor.

The overall experience through the new technology initially looks similar to what Honor and Xiaomi also announced earlier this month. "Oppo hopes to provide users with the ultimate "true full screen" through the USC technology". A few weeks ago, the Chinese company had shown its concept of hosting a camera under the display via a tweet.

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No notches, no pop-up cameras.

OPPO's brand new solution for full-screen display - Under-screen Camera (USC) has just been unveiled here at #MWC19 Shanghai!

Oppo's Under Screen Camera technology up close. The Verge says that the selfie camera's sensor is larger and has bigger pixels, because the company will have to ensure enough light enters in order for the image to be clear.

Still, the USC camera is an interesting development and one step forward towards a totally notch-less phone. The proprietary decentralised communications technology is claimed to enable the transmission of texts, voice messages, and real-time voice calls between Oppo phones. OPPO says it has customised the communication chipset to develop MeshTalk.

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