Earlier, we suspected that Oppo will be unveiling the world’s first in-display camera technology later this week. But Oppo has confirmed that it’s just the technology that will be unveiled but a full-fledged smartphone with an in-display camera that will debut on June 26.
Oppo has taken to Weibo to post a teaser video of the upcoming phone. In the video, the Chinese company shows the evolution of front-facing cameras on Oppo smartphones, the last of which is clearly a newcomer. The video shows the slab-like design of yesteryears which housed the front camera to Oppo’s N series which had a rotating camera to a waterdrop notch on recent smartphones, sliding camera module on the Find X and then the shark-fin popup camera on the latest Oppo Reno series.
The final few frames of the teaser show what the upcoming Oppo phone will look like and it’s definitely the under-display camera sensor which was teased for the very first time earlier this month. The Oppo phone with an under-display camera sensor will be the first smartphone to be announced with the latest technology and will be unveiled on June 26.
It’s unclear how Oppo will name its first smartphone with in-display camera technology but it’s believed that Oppo is working on a Find Y smartphone and this could probably be the same device. The Find Y was recently trademarked by Oppo as the Find X approaches its one year anniversary and the new smartphone could well be the sequel to last year’s Find X.
The teaser shared today by Oppo features a phone resembles that of the phone which was teased earlier this month. The video revealed a notchless phone that’s sitting on top of a desk and has a full-screen display at the top with no space for sensors apart from the earpiece. When the user opens the camera app with the selfie mode, it shows the live view of the room’s ceiling, thus confirming the fact that there is indeed a front-facing camera under the display.
To increase the credibility of the technology, the user moves their finger over a region where the camera could be, at which point the sensor shows an unfocused preview of the person’s finger.
At the time, Oppo VP Brian Shen also revealed that the technology is still “in its early days”. Shen 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”.
Shortly after Oppo teased their in-display camera phone prototype, its Chinese rival Xiaomi demonstrated their own take on the under-display camera technology and later explained how it enabled the under-display selfie camera on its prototype Mi 9 device.
The Oppo in-display camera phone will be announced during the Oppo keynote at the MWC Shanghai on June 26.