Oppo says it's necessary because the under-display camera is receiving less than half the normal lighting as a regular camera. It applies automatic white balance, HDR, and a “haze removal” algorithm to make the image look a little more normal.
It just goes to underscore the unique challenge of hiding a camera under the screen.
Smartphone makers have been cranking up the quality of their displays for years now, packing them tighter with more pixels while also dramatically upping the brightness. All of those things make it even more difficult to fit a camera underneath, because a denser display means less room for the camera to "see" through the gaps in the screen.
And it doesn't just impact the camera quality. It affects the screen, too.
Photos from Engadget Chinese seem to show that the camera area is visible under the display. It may not be as noticeable as the notch, but you can definitely see the camera in Engadget's photos.
That might suggest why we probably won't see under-display cameras becoming common just yet. Samsung, who first discussed the idea last year, said last month that it won’t be ready for another one or two years.
Even Oppo are sounding a note of caution.
“I think based on the actual experience at the moment, mass producing on a large scale would be very difficult,” Shen also said last Friday, addressing one Weibo user’s question about when under-display cameras will reach mass production.