Oppo Find X2 to boast button-free 'waterfall screen' and under-display camera?

Oppo Find X2: button-free 'waterfall screen' with under-display camera?
(Image credit: Oppo / Brian Shen)

Oppo has unveiled a brand new 'waterfall screen', featuring extreme 88-degree curved edges that is free of bezels as well as buttons, which is expected to debut with the Oppo Find X2 camera phone in September. 

It has been speculated that the Oppo Find X2 might also be the ideal device to showcase the company's highly anticipated under-display camera.

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The prototype camera phone with waterfall screen was shown off by Oppo VP Brian Shen on his personal Weibo account (opens in new tab)

The new waterfall screen – and under-display camera – could debut in the Oppo Find X2

The new waterfall screen – and under-display camera – could debut in the Oppo Find X2  (Image credit: Oppo / Brian Shen)

The 88-degree sloping sides enable the phone to do away with both the bezels and the buttons traditionally featured in the edges of handsets, and provide an arguably unprecedented screen-to-body ration, with the display wrapping almost completely around the sides. 

Notably, the phone doesn't have a notch or punch-hole for a rear-facing selfie camera. This is true to the design of the original Oppo Find X, which features a 'stealth 3D camera', a full-width array (rather than a smaller pop-up camera) that slides up from the rear of the device's housing.

However, it has been suggested that the Oppo Find X2 could be used to simultaneously introduce the manufacturer's eagerly awaited under-display camera (opens in new tab) – about which Shen previously stated, "For those seeking the perfect, notchless smartphone screen experience – prepare to be amazed".

The original Oppo Find X (left)'s bezels and buttons are done away with in the prototype

The original Oppo Find X (left)'s bezels and buttons are done away with in the prototype (Image credit: Oppo / Brian Shen)

Smartphone rumor site Digit.in was among those believing that the waterfall screen and under-display camera could both arrive in the same unit, possibly arriving as soon as September.

"The prototype that Oppo showcased doesn’t have a front camera but it’s likely that the final version will integrate the under-display camera tech as well," wrote the outlet (opens in new tab). "The tech is expected to debut in the second-generation Oppo Find X, which could be launched in September at IFA in Berlin."

With the Samsung Galaxy Fold (opens in new tab) just announced for a September relaunch, it will be interesting to see how the two screen-maximizing technologies are received at IFA – the consumer electronics trade show taking place from 6-11 September.

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The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a magazine and web journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients as diverse as Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photographic and lighting tutorials, as well as industry analysis, news and rumors for publications such as Digital Camera Magazine (opens in new tab)PhotoPlus: The Canon Magazine (opens in new tab)N-Photo: The Nikon Magazine (opens in new tab)Digital Photographer (opens in new tab) and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and demonstrations at The Photography Show (opens in new tab). An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.