OPPO And Xiaomi Now Working On Under- Display Front Cameras

Over the last year, we have come across many different attempts by smartphone manufacturers creatively trying out new ways to expand the display size without actually making smartphones bigger. From pop- up selfie cameras to sliders to flipping cameras, there have been multiple concepts aimed towards higher screen-to-body ratios.

Last year, Honor introduced the hole punch display design with the View20 followed by Samsung’s Infinity-O display on the Galaxy A8s which was further popularized with the Galaxy S10 series. Now, OPPO and Xiaomi are touting independent concept for a perfectly bezel-less smartphone display with the selfie camera completely veiled under a fully functional display.

Unlike the hole punch displays that we’ve seen in the past, there is no cheeky cutout for the selfie camera. Based on the prototype shown off by OPPO’s Twitter handle, the front camera hides away under the active pixels on the display. In the past, OPPO has tried out different ways to deal with the selfie camera, including a slider on the Find X as well as the side-pivoted pop-up on the OPPO Reno.

OPPO’s VP Brian Shen also posted the same video on Weibo, stating that it is very difficult for under-screen cameras to produce the same quality of images compared to cameras outside of the display. “However, the realization of new technology is developed to perfection,” he added. There was, however, no announcement about the possible availability of the display on an OPPO smartphone.

Xiaomi tries to steal OPPO’s thunder

In the meantime, Xiaomi tried to steal the limelight from OPPO by showing off its own concept of the under-display camera minutes after OPPO did. This is a display prototype Xiaomi has attached to the Mi 9. While Xiaomi’s co-founder Lin Bin noted on Weibo that new display technology coming soon, he did not reveal when. Meanwhile, Xiaomi also shared an infographic on its Weibo handle decoding the working of this new innovative and “ultimate shocking” technology.

Firstly, when taking a selfie, the area of the display above the front camera turns transparent, allowing the light to pass to the sensor. The area of the display has “low reflection and high permeability” to make sure that bright light falling upon the display does not hinder the formation of the image on the sensor. As seen from the video above, the screen fills up space above the selfie camera when pictures are not being taken with it.

Xiaomi notes that this display technology is their “independent intellectual property,” hinting that their display technology could be different from the one exhibited by OPPO.

Besides acting as a display, the area of the screen above the selfie camera sensor also acts as a lens. The infographic also confirms that the technology for the display will be AMOLED and also that the switching of the display does not make any sound. We’re not sure whether this area will respond to touch but that does not recede our excitement about it.

Update: You can now read the English version of the infographic as shared by senior Xiaomi VP Wang Xiang.

Perfect substitute for mechanical parts?

The advent of this under-display camera technology is certainly very exciting and should help smartphone manufacturers finally move forward from mechanical parts. Despite the claims of perfection by these companies, we desire to check out selfies and how do they differ in terms of quality from usual selfie cameras. For now, there isn’t much information so we’d have to sit patiently and watch for the upcoming development from the companies.

Oppo Launches A1k In India At ₹8,490, Has 2X Charge Technology

Oppo has launched its A1k in India. It is priced at ₹8,490 and will be available in red and black colour variants. 

As of now, the device is available via offline retails stores but nothing is known about the online sale.

 Furthermore, it will have a water drop notch display on the front and the fingerprint scanner is not available on the handset.

The Oppo A1k will be coming with a 6.1-inch IPS LCD HD+ (1560 x 720) pixels display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection o the top giving an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. Under the hood, there is a MediaTek Heli0 P22 SoC, Octa-core processor with a clocking speed of 2.2GHz coupled with a 2GB RAM, which should be the con for the device since many smartphones from different brands are offering the 3GB option in the similar price range.

There is an onboard storage of 32GB which could be extended further via microSD card slot. There is a 4000mAh battery on the handset to power it and will come with 2X fast charging technology which we should be known in detail later. There is a single 8 MP main camera sensor on the device along with a 5MP camera on the front. It comes out of the box with Android 9 Pie operating system with ColourOS 6.0 on top.

Since there is no fingerprint scanner on the handset it would be having face unlocking itself. It will be a dual SIM variant which will come with the connectivity options like, 4GB VoLTE, GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2 and few more along with the sensors that are required for automation of the handset. Are you planning to get this device? Let us know in the comment section below and stay tuned to PhoneRadar for similar news and updates.

Oppo A5s Launched In India, Comes With 4,230mAh Battery And Dual Real Camera

The Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has launched its A5s in India with 4,230mAh battery. It comes with 2GB RAM + 32GB storage and 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variants. Its key highlights include a 6.2-inch HD+ display, MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, and a dual rear camera with a 13-megapixel primary sensor. 

The Oppo A5s also comes with features such as Smart Bar, Music on Display, and Smart Scan. Additionally, Oppo has provided its ColorOS 5.2.1 on top of Android Oreo.

Oppo A5s price in India

The Oppo A5s price in India is set at Rs. 9,990 for the 2GB RAM + 32GB storage model. It will be available for purchase in Black and Red colour options. Oppo hasn’t announced the price of the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant of the A5s. However, it is slated to debut in May with Green and Gold colour options.

Oppo A5s will be available via Amazon, Flipkart, Paytm Mall, Snapdeal, and Tata CLiQ as well as offline stores.

Oppo A5s specifications, features

Touted to deliver “exceptionally long-lasting battery life”, the Oppo A5s comes with a waterdrop-style display notch. The phone also comes with Depth of Field effects that are paired with a Rolling Shutter Compensation to mitigate warped jello effect videos. Further, Oppo has provided a Smart Bar that is touted to be a productivity tool to let users quickly switch between apps, reply to text messages, and transfer files. It also supports multiple shortcut tools, including cutting and screen recording.

Additionally, the Oppo A5s comes with a Smart Scan feature to scan business cards as well as scan and translate the text from images.

The dual-SIM (Nano) Oppo A5s runs Android 8.1 Oreo with ColorOS 5.2. It features a 6.2-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) In-Cell display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, there is a MediaTek Helio P35 (MT6765) SoC, paired with 2GB/ 4GB od RAM.

For photos and videos, the Oppo A5s sports a dual rear camera setup with a 13-megapixel primary sensor featuring an f/2.2 lens and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor. The phone also comes with an 8-megapixel selfie camera with an f/2.0 lens.

The Oppo A5s will be released in 32GB and 64GB of onboard storage options, both of which include microSD card support for expansion (up to 256GB). The phone has 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB port. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light, magnetometer, and a proximity sensor. There is also a fingerprint sensor at the back. Besides, the phone packs a 4,230mAh battery. It measures 155.9×75.4×8.2mm and weighs 170 grams.

Oppo Reno Series Goes Official In China

The Oppo Reno series went official on Wednesday at an unveiling event in China. The company has announced the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom smartphone which comes with flagship specs including 48- megapixel camera with 10x hybrid zoom support.  

OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom Specifications and Features

The Oppo Reno 10x zoom has a glass rear and 7000-series aluminum alloy frame. It measures 162 x 77.2 x 9.3mm and it weighs 210 grams. The 6.65-inch AMOLED display of the Reno 10x Zoom has a notch-less appeal. The display supports full HD+ resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels. The smartphone promises a screen-to-body ratio of 91.3 percent.  The HDR 10+ complaint display is embedded with sixth-generation in-screen fingerprint reader and it is shielded by Gorilla Glass 6 protective layer.

The Snapdragon 855 SoC powers the Oppo Reno 10x Zoom along with up to 8 GB of RAM. It comes with a maximum internal storage of 256 GB. There is an external storage for additional storage. The 4,065mAh battery of the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging. For heat dissipation, the phone features a copper tub liquid cooling heat sink.

The smartphone features a uniquely designed “shark fin” shaped pop-up module on the top edge of the device. It houses an f/2.0 aperture 16-megapixel front camera and LED flash. On its rear is a triple camera setup that includes an OIS enabled 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 f/1.7 aperture primary sensor, an f/2.2 aperture 8-megapixel secondary sensor and a periscope telescopic lens of 13-megapixel equipped with OIS. The triple camera setup is coupled with dual-LED flash and laser autofocus.

The Android 9 Pie OS with ColorOS 6 skin comes preinstalled on the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom. The smartphone also carries support for dual-band GPS technology for accurate location tracking. It includes NFC and 3.5mm audio jack among other connectivity features. There is Breeno Assistant onboard that can assist by understanding the users’ habits. For optimized gaming experience, the smartphone includes support Game Boost 2.0 acceleration engine. It also equipped with Dolby Atmos for audiophiles.

OPPO Reno Standard Edition Specifications and Features

The OPPO Reno standard edition has a smaller notch-less AMOLED display of 6.4 inches that offers full HD+ resolution and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is also fitted with an in-display fingerprint reader. The screen is safeguarded by Gorilla Glass 6. The device measures 156.6 x 74.3 x 9mm and it weighs 185 grams.

The Snapdragon 710 powers the phone with up to 8 GB of RAM. It comes with an inbuilt storage of up to 256 GB and it also features a microSD card slot for extra storage.

The OPPO Reno features OIS assisted 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera module on its rear. It also features an LED enabled 16-megapixel pop-up selfie camera. The handset includes a 3,765mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 fast charging. Other features of the phone include ColorOS 6 based Android 9 Pie OS, Breeno assistant, Game Boos 2.0, NFC support and Dolby Atmos support.

OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom Price and Release Date

The OPPO Reno standard edition comes in color editions like Fog Sea Green, Extreme Night Black, Nebula Purple and Pink Mist. Its variants are:

  • 6 GB RAM + 128GB storage – 2,999 Yuan (~$446)
  • 6 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 3,299 Yuan (~$491)
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 3,599 Yuan (~$536)

The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom can be availed in Fog Sea Green and Extreme Night Black hues. Its variants are as follows: i

  • 6 GB RAM + 128GB storage – 3,999 Yuan (~$595)
  • 6 GB RAM + 256 GB storage 4,499 Yuan (~$670)
  • 8 GB RAM + 256 GB storage – 4,799 Yuan (~$715).

At the end of the press conference of the OPPO Reno series, the company also announced the 5G Spark Program through which it will select some OPPO users in the second quarter to “experience the 5G version of Reno.” In May, Oppo will carry out open recruitment for it in China. It will recruit 200 individuals to become China’s first 5G mobile phone users.

OPPO will be holding a global launch event for the OPPO Reno series at Zurich, Switzerland on April 24. The Chinese manufacturer is expected to unleash the 5G edition of the OPPO Reno 10x Zoom at the upcoming international unveil event.

Oppo Reno Smartphones To Come In 2 Models

The soon- to release Oppo Reno smartphone will be arriving in two models. The regular edition of the smartphone will consist of Snapdragon 710 chipset whereas the higher variant will own Snapdragon 855 mobile platform. 

OPPO VP Yiren Shen has confirmed that these two editions of the Oppo Reno will be equipped with different cooling technologies.

Through a new Weibo post, Shen has revealed that the Oppo Reno Snapdragon 710 edition will make use of heat-conducting gel and graphite sheet for heat dissipation. The Snapdragon 855 variant of the OPPO Reno will include a copper tube liquid cooling heat sink.

OPPO Reno Variants

It appears that there will be as many as three variants of the OPPO Reno phone. The Snapdragon 710 Model could be unveiled as OPPO Reno Lite. The Bluetooth SIG certification of the Snapdragon 710 variant that has a model number of CPH1917 has revealed that it will be featuring a 6.4-inch display that will produce full HD+ resolution. For photography, it will be equipped with a 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel dual camera setup and a frontal shooter of 16-megapixel.

The Snapdragon 855 variant of the OPPO Reno that has a model number of CPH1919 has also received Bluetooth SIG certification. It has been revealed through the Bluetooth SIG approval that it will be arriving with a 6.65-inch display that will offer full HD+ resolution. The handset will be offering a screen- to- body ratio of 94.1 per cent. On its rear will be a triple camera setup with 48-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel secondary sensor and a third sensor of 13-megapixel. It will include a periscope lens to bring support for 10x hybrid zoom.  It will be also equipped with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera.

There will be a 5G edition of the OPPO Reno phone. Its model number is CPH1921. The AOppo Reno 5G will be probably feature the same specs as its 4G LTE variant. However, the SD855 SoC on the 5G variant will be accompanied by X50 5G modem. The other features of the SD855 edition of the OPPO Reno include 4,065mAh battery, NFC and VOOC 3.0 fast charging. 

There is no information available on the pricing of the OPPO Reno phone. The handset will be hitting the market in colour options such as Midnight Black, Sea Green, Nebula Purple and Pink.

Oppo VP Brian Shen Announces New Product Line- Reno

Oppo’s Vice President Brian Shen has announced a new product line in the Oppo portfolio by the name Reno. 

Shen posted the teaser on Weibo, and the top comment is by the company account, saying this is not a sub-brand but “a new product line”. We are yet to see what is Oppo planning to do, but our assumptions are leading to a gaming series after vivo, another subsidiary of BBK Electronics, announced the vivo IQOO.

Unlike iQOO though this product has a name that is easy to pronounce – Ree-noh (just like the city in the state of Nevada, United States). We are yet to see if Reno will follow the path of Realme which had one device launched under the mother brand, later separating into a different entity.

Oppo Set To Release Its Flagship Smartphone, Name Not Revealed, Specifications Confirmed

Oppo launched on Tuesday two of its mid- range smartphones- Oppo F11 and Oppo F11 Pro in India with the starting price Rs. 24,999. The company is now ready to release its flagship smartphone. Although the name of this smartphone is not revealed yet, specifications and features have been confirmed. The flagship phone will be equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm processor and a 10x zooming camera lens.

Oppo’s Vice President Shen Yiren on Wednesday via Weibo post announced the upcoming flagship smartphone. Yiren did not disclose the name of the device but he revealed key details of the same. In the post, he confirmed that the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 7nm processor and 10x hybrid zoom lens. Besides these top-notch features, the smartphone will also pack a 4065mAh battery.

As reported by Droidshout, the Vice president believes that with these features, the smartphone will easily be distinguished from other Oppo’s 2019 offering. It is worth noting that the company had showcased a device with similar 10x optical zoom camera at the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona. The prototype which was teased also featured Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 256GB of inbuilt storage, a powerful 8GB of RAM capacity and a 4065mAh battery. Further, there was a waterdrop display notch and a sliding camera module.

The upcoming flagship smartphone by Oppo is expected to debut in the second quarter of this year. Apart from this, not much information is known, but since it is set to launch soon, more details are likely to arrive our way.

Oppo F11 Pro Featuring Video Posted On Twitter, Official Announcement Awaits

The Chinese smartphone company, Oppo was on a teaser spree for F11 Pro in the previous week. It unveiled its 48 MP main snapper, huge screen and the elevating selfie camera. While the audience is waiting for an official announcement, a Vietnamese Twitterati posted a four- second video of the device which displayed the big screen and some really fascinating colours of it. Anyhow, the elevatibg selfie camera was not showed. 

The short clip reveals the neat paint job on the back of the Oppo F11 Pro- Blue in one corner, Violet in the other, with a gradient to the predominantly black panel. The main camera setup is positioned slightly lower than usual since the elevating mechanism for the selfie shooter needs to be fitted there. There is also an oval fingerprint scanner, typical for the Oppo F devices.

It would be great to know more specs, but for now aside from the cameras, nothing else is official. Rumors point to a MediaTek chipset, and we assume the screen will be an LCD, while the OS is likely to be ColorOS 6. The company is having an announcement in Barcelona on Saturday, and while it will be mostly about its 10x zoom module but in case the F11 Pro pops up you will certainly be the first to know.

Oppo to Unravel 5G Soon!

Oppo, the Chinese smartphone maker and one of the top OEMs in the world, is set to unfurl 5G connectivity to its phone. Recently it tested a multiparty conference call on 5G network successfully.

Oppo, the Chinese smartphone maker and one of the top OEMs in the world, has achieved a handful of industry firsts in the recent past. OPPO has announced that it successfully completed the first-ever multiparty video call in the world on a smartphone via the 5G network at 12:57 am local time.

The company further added that engineers from six OPPO R&D institutes situated across the world participated in the video call using the WeChat app, which is a popular Chinese social media application. The inaugural message of the call was “Hello OPPO, Hello 5G”. Oppo released a footage of the video call which was made through an Oppo R15 Pro-based 5G smartphone while the call lasted for more than 17 minutes on the network having a bandwidth of 100 MHz.

The engineers who took part in the 5G multiparty video call reported smooth connectivity as well as low latency while Oppo reportedly used Keysight’s UXM test set along with the 5G New Radio (NR) network emulation solutions for protocol as well as RF performance validation in sub-6GHz frequency bands (FR1).

It should also be noted that Oppo completed one of the world’s first 5G signaling as well as data connections on a smartphone in August this year and became the first company to complete a 5G Internet access test in October. “5G is a trend OPPO must embrace. In addition to striving to become the first manufacturer to launch 5G smartphones, OPPO’s exploration of application opportunities in the 5G+ era will ultimately determine the value of 5G,” Tony Chen, Founder, President and CEO of OPPO stressed at the recent 2018 OPPO Technology Exhibition in Shenzhen, “OPPO will fully integrate 5G with applications and user insights, and continuously innovate to provide users with revolutionary, necessary, convenient and seamless experiences,” said Oppo in a statement.