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Oppo’s under-screen camera is better now, but only in a prototype phone

A phone screen with no notches, bezels, or cutouts — that’s the dream, right? Manufacturers have tried stuff like pop-up cameras in the past, but everyone wants to achieve a workable under-the-screen selfie camera that’s practically invisible.

To that end, Oppo has unveiled its new imaging tech and claims its updated selfie camera doesn’t compromise “ the integrity of the screen.” The company said it had solved issues of the durability of the display and poor image quality caused by screen obstruction. It noted that the lifespan of the display increased by 50%, thanks to its new tech.

Oppo now uses smaller pixels in the display area around the selfie camera to maintain 400 pixels per inch density on the screen. The earlier version had a different pixel density around the self camera module. Plus, it’s using transparent wiring which is 50% narrower, and provides “ a smoother visual experience.”

The company showed off a photo of a device being used as an e-reader with a white background and black text to emphasize that its screen displays pixels consistently from edge to edge. This is due to a one-to-one pixel circuit used in the area around the selfie camera instead of traditional one-to-two pixels.