Oppo officially announces 10X lossless zoom and unveils 5G phone; both launching in Q2

Not too long ago, we learned that Oppo was working on a new 10x lossless zoom technology. During the MWC conference, the company not only demonstrated this technology but also highlighted its plans for their 5G phone.

Oppo's lossless zoom technology is part of a triple camera setup that includes a 48MP primary camera, a 120-degree ultra wide-angle lens, and a telephoto camera. Together, they combine to cover a focal range of 16mm to 160mm. Both the primary and telephoto cameras employ OIS. Lossless zoom implies that the image isn't negatively impacted by zooming in on a subject. The outcome as you can see below is pretty impressive and will be released in the second of this year on a yet to be named phone.

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Oppo achieves this time of zoom by mounting the parts the phone horizontally and using a periscope-like tube to make it work. Using this technique could theoretically see 20x zoom achieved in the same way.

While Oppo currently doesn't officially offer its handsets in the US, it does have ambitions to do so in the future. Even if we don't get the device from Oppo, we could see the same 10x lossless zoom technology in a future OnePlus handset, as both OnePlus and Oppo share the same Chinese based parent company. Samsung may also be developing similar tech for their future smartphones, as they paid $155 million to buy a company called Corephotonics, which developed much of the tech Oppo is using with this feature.

Oppo also discussed its un-named upcoming 5G handset, which will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and use the Snapdragon X50 5G modem. The handset will be on display at MWC next week and is also set to launch during the second quarter of the year.

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