Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is possibly working on a new kind of camera technology and is rumoured to be bringing the same technology in their next flagship smartphones. Various online reports have stated that Oppo will reportedly be developing a new kind of hybrid lossless optical zoom which will allow smartphones to take images with up to 10x zoom. The rumour mill has also pointed to the fact that the camera zoom technology will be arriving on Oppo upcoming flagships – the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro.
Now Chinese publication called MyDrivers has spotted Oppo sending out media invites for an event happening on January 16 which could possibly be the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro. The Chinese manufacturer has not confirmed anything yet.
Another Chinese smartphone company Huawei is also reportedly working on a similar kind of optics technology for its upcoming P30 smartphone which is expected to launch this year by July. The first electronics major to achieve this was South Korean company, Samsung with the launch of its Galaxy K Zoom smartphone. The smartphone used a form of retractable lens to offer optical zoom support.
Additionally, noted tipster Ice Universe has stated that Oppo could be bringing in the camera technology by the Mobile World Congress 2019 which is scheduled to take place by late-February.
In a tweet by Ice Universe, “The Oppo official said it will release a 10x hybrid optical zoom technology, which we will see at CES or MWC as early as possible”.
As of now, the specifications of the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro are unknown. However, in a series of leaks of patent information posted by SlashLeaks related to the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro point towards the fact that the upcoming optics technology will be similar to the technology that Oppo used in 2017 to achieve 5x optical zoom in lossless format. The patent information has since been deleted from the page. A few weeks back, there was another patent leak which showed the company using some form of mirror-based setup to achieve lossless 10x optical zoom.
Oppo had earlier showcased its 5x Optical Zoom tech at the MWC two years back but it never really went into mass production. The 10x Hybrid Optical Zoom from Oppo could meet the same fate after the company showcases its prototype. Or probably not, stay tuned for more updates on the Oppo F19 and the Oppo F19 Pro.