OPPO And Xiaomi Now Working On Under- Display Front Cameras

Over the last year, we have come across many different attempts by smartphone manufacturers creatively trying out new ways to expand the display size without actually making smartphones bigger. From pop- up selfie cameras to sliders to flipping cameras, there have been multiple concepts aimed towards higher screen-to-body ratios.

Last year, Honor introduced the hole punch display design with the View20 followed by Samsung’s Infinity-O display on the Galaxy A8s which was further popularized with the Galaxy S10 series. Now, OPPO and Xiaomi are touting independent concept for a perfectly bezel-less smartphone display with the selfie camera completely veiled under a fully functional display.

Unlike the hole punch displays that we’ve seen in the past, there is no cheeky cutout for the selfie camera. Based on the prototype shown off by OPPO’s Twitter handle, the front camera hides away under the active pixels on the display. In the past, OPPO has tried out different ways to deal with the selfie camera, including a slider on the Find X as well as the side-pivoted pop-up on the OPPO Reno.

OPPO’s VP Brian Shen also posted the same video on Weibo, stating that it is very difficult for under-screen cameras to produce the same quality of images compared to cameras outside of the display. “However, the realization of new technology is developed to perfection,” he added. There was, however, no announcement about the possible availability of the display on an OPPO smartphone.

Xiaomi tries to steal OPPO’s thunder

In the meantime, Xiaomi tried to steal the limelight from OPPO by showing off its own concept of the under-display camera minutes after OPPO did. This is a display prototype Xiaomi has attached to the Mi 9. While Xiaomi’s co-founder Lin Bin noted on Weibo that new display technology coming soon, he did not reveal when. Meanwhile, Xiaomi also shared an infographic on its Weibo handle decoding the working of this new innovative and “ultimate shocking” technology.

Firstly, when taking a selfie, the area of the display above the front camera turns transparent, allowing the light to pass to the sensor. The area of the display has “low reflection and high permeability” to make sure that bright light falling upon the display does not hinder the formation of the image on the sensor. As seen from the video above, the screen fills up space above the selfie camera when pictures are not being taken with it.

Xiaomi notes that this display technology is their “independent intellectual property,” hinting that their display technology could be different from the one exhibited by OPPO.

Besides acting as a display, the area of the screen above the selfie camera sensor also acts as a lens. The infographic also confirms that the technology for the display will be AMOLED and also that the switching of the display does not make any sound. We’re not sure whether this area will respond to touch but that does not recede our excitement about it.

Update: You can now read the English version of the infographic as shared by senior Xiaomi VP Wang Xiang.

Perfect substitute for mechanical parts?

The advent of this under-display camera technology is certainly very exciting and should help smartphone manufacturers finally move forward from mechanical parts. Despite the claims of perfection by these companies, we desire to check out selfies and how do they differ in terms of quality from usual selfie cameras. For now, there isn’t much information so we’d have to sit patiently and watch for the upcoming development from the companies.

Oppo Launches A1k In India At ₹8,490, Has 2X Charge Technology

Oppo has launched its A1k in India. It is priced at ₹8,490 and will be available in red and black colour variants. 

As of now, the device is available via offline retails stores but nothing is known about the online sale.

 Furthermore, it will have a water drop notch display on the front and the fingerprint scanner is not available on the handset.

The Oppo A1k will be coming with a 6.1-inch IPS LCD HD+ (1560 x 720) pixels display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection o the top giving an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Under the hood, there is a MediaTek Heli0 P22 SoC, Octa-core processor with a clocking speed of 2.2GHz coupled with a 2GB RAM, which should be the con for the device since many smartphones from different brands are offering the 3GB option in the similar price range.

There is an onboard storage of 32GB which could be extended further via microSD card slot. There is a 4000mAh battery on the handset to power it and will come with 2X fast charging technology which we should be known in detail later. There is a single 8 MP main camera sensor on the device along with a 5MP camera on the front. It comes out of the box with Android 9 Pie operating system with ColourOS 6.0 on top.

Since there is no fingerprint scanner on the handset it would be having face unlocking itself. It will be a dual SIM variant which will come with the connectivity options like, 4GB VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2 and few more along with the sensors that are required for automation of the handset. Are you planning to get this device? Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for similar news and updates.

OppoShop Website Unveils Oppo Reno Colours Options, Storage Variants

Oppo Reno smartphone series are soon to be launched officially. Leaks and official teasers have been coming in since a long time now. Before the launch, the Oppo Reno is up for reservation on the company’s OppoShop website, unveiling its colour options and storage variants. The listing also divulged some features such as VOOC 3.0 fast charging support and NFC, and also indicates the presence of a 48-megapixel camera. 

Additionally, Oppo’s Vice President has confirmed that a variant called Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition is also in the pipeline. Separately, an EU trademark application hints at the name Oppo’s innovative pop-up camera design will be called – Shark Fin. Finally, alleged camera samples have made their way to the Internet.

The Oppo Reno series is expected to debut at an event on April 10, but one of them has already been listed for reservation on the OppoShop website. The listing reveals that the smartphone will be available in a total of four colour options viz. Nebula Purple, Extreme Night Black, Fog Sea Green, and Mist Powder. As per the listing, the device will be available in multiple configurations with the RAM capacity ranging between 6GB and 8GB while the inbuilt storage will either be 128GB or 256GB. Listed below are the memory configurations in which the various colour options of the Oppo Reno will be available:

  • Extreme Midnight Black: 6GB +128GB, 6GB+256GB
  • Nebula Purple: 6GB + 128GB
  • Fog Sea Green: 6GB+256GB, 8GB+256GB
  • Mist Powder: 6GB+256GB

Another page on the OppoShop states that the Oppo Reno will come with a Panoramic screen, a 48 million camera, NFC, and VOOC 3.0 support for fast charging. Regarding the display, Oppo has officially revealed on Weibo that the Oppo Reno smartphone’s display will offer a screen-to-body ratio of 93.1 percent. Furthermore, the post added that the Standard Edition of the Oppo Reno has been fully booked. The accompanying image states that the chin will just be 3.49mm thick while the side bezels will only be 1.59mm thin.

Additionally, Oppo’s Vice President Shen Yiren Brian has revealed that the company will also launch a variant of the Oppo Reno called 10X Zoom Edition that will also come with support for dual-frequency GPS. This is most likely the version that will feature a periscope camera with 10x zoom functionality. An alleged marketing video has also surfaced online that shows a feature called Ultra Clear Night View 2.0, which reportedly assists at recording brighter clips in low-light conditions. The video in question was first shared by BangGogo, which also shared an image of a Reno series smartphone with triple rear cameras a few days ago.

The leaked case renders and images suggest that the Oppo Reno will feature a pop-up selfie camera that will only lift from one side at an angle. Well, Oppo’s take on the pop-up camera will be marketed as “Shark Fin” selfie camera, at least that’s what trademark listing says. As per a trademark application filed by Oppo before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the pop-up camera module will reportedly be called Shark Fin. The trademark listing was first spotted by MySmartPrice.

Additionally, alleged camera samples highlighting the low-light photography prowess of the Oppo Reno’s 48-megapixel main camera have also surfaced online. And at first glance, the results look impressive with great depth and dynamic range. The camera samples were shared on Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo. It appears that Oppo will launch multiple smartphones in the Reno series that will include a Standard edition, Oppo Reno Lite, Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition and a high-end version powered by the Snapdragon 855, with the last having already been confirmed officially by an Oppo executive.