Chinese phone maker Oppo has taken the wraps off of its latest idea to do away with camera notches, to put the front-facing camera beneath the display.
Oppo said it used a "unique high-transparency material" that allows enough light through the screen for the camera to work, as well as having a larger sensor and aperture within the camera.
"OPPO employs a customised software solution for [under-screen camera], by applying tailored optimisations to its HDR algorithm, haze removal algorithm and white balance algorithm," the company said.
"These enhance brightness and detail, allowing [under-screen camera] to deliver imaging with quality comparable that of mainstream smartphones."
Pictures from Engadget show the screen area above the camera being quite obvious in certain circumstances.
Oppo has tried a number of ways to avoid having a phone notch.
Its Find X device has a motorised pop-up camera that appears when the camera icon is tapped.
For its Reno 5G device, a segment containing the front camera pop ups when the camera is put into selfie-mode.
Other devices such as the Oppo RX17 do have a notch.
At the same time, Oppo also announced MeshTalk, which allows for texts and voice calls to occur between Oppo devices up to 3 kilometres away without needing ISP-provided mobile or Wi-Fi connectivity.
As the name suggests, a mesh network is created that relays signals to extend the range of the network, with Oppo saying it uses a custom chipset for this functionality.
Oppo can clearly innovate, but the company should also remember to cover the basics when designing a premium-priced handset like the Find X.
The Oppo RX17 Pro is a solid 6.4-inch smartphone with one standout feature: its battery subsystem. If your workload mix hits your phone's battery hard, this should be a big attraction.
Ericsson and Oppo will collaborate on 5G device testing and demonstrations, as well as 2G, 3G, and 4G patent cross-licensing, while Ericsson has also made updates and improvements across its 5G platform for carriers.
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