The quest for a bezel-less smartphone has led tech companies to try out a variety of technologies aimed at circumventing the need for allocating space for the selfie camera and other assorted sensors on the front of the device. This initially led to the introduction of notches on smartphones and has recently culminated in sliding and rotating camera implementations.
The simplest and most efficient solution, as far as eliminating moving parts is concerned, is one Oppo recently showed off on Twitter: an in-display camera. The video shows a nearly all-screen smartphone lying on a table with no notch or punch-hole cutout for the front camera. Yet, when the camera app is opened, there's a black bar at the top end of the screen, and the demonstrator's finger in front of the phone can clearly be seen being captured by the under-display front camera.
For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed. 📲— OPPO (@oppo) June 3, 2019
You are taking a very first look at our under-display selfie camera technology. RT! 🤯 pic.twitter.com/FrqB6RiJaY
The video was also uploaded to Oppo VP Brian Shen's Weibo page, where the executive explains that while the company does have a working implementation, the quality of the camera's output is understandably not comparable to a regular camera: "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."
There was also no mention of when we might be able to actually buy a phone with an in-display camera. Hopefully, it'll be sooner rather than later.