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Oppo introduces Super VOOC tech that charges smartphones in 15 minutes, sensor-based image stabilisation

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Oppo introduces Super VOOC tech that charges smartphones in 15 minutes, sensor-based image stabilisation

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo did hint at having some major innovations in store for MWC, and the surprises it unveiled are downright impressive. First off, the company showed off its new Super VOOC quick-charging technology. With it, Oppo claims it's able to charge an empty 2,500mAh battery to 100% in just 15 minutes over MicroUSB and USB Type-C cables. That's pretty crazy, considering high-profile competing solutions such as Qualcomm's QuickCharge 3.0 — present in its latest chipsets, such as the Snapdragon 820 — take up to 35 minutes to fill up a battery to 80 percent.

Oppo explained that such technologies's underlying principles are actually quite different from Super VOOC's. Whereas they apply high-voltage fast-charging, Super VOOC Flash Charge relies on a low voltage of 5 volts, staying within standard voltage and temperature levels for smartphone charging and ensuring safety in the long run. This also eliminates the need for a voltage converter, making for a more efficient charging process.

Moreover, Super VOOC's low-voltage charging allows for fast-charging your smartphone while using it. Other fast charging technologies revert to a standard charging speed while the handset is in use, due to temperature spikes caused by the simultaneous quick charging and screen brightening.

Oppo's Super VOOC tech is proprietary and unless they license it to other manufacturers, it will be a mainstay of its own smartphones. The company can pull off its fast charging magic off thanks to an all-new low-voltage pulse-charge system, in combination with a customized battery. The system uses a new algorithm to dynamically regulate the current, ensuring the fastest charging time possible while maintaining current within the battery's safe range. To complete its solution, Oppo redesigned the Super VOOC Flash Charge adapter, cable, and connector with military-grade materials to make them reliable and rugged.

Besides Super VOOC, OPPO showcased a proprietary image stabilization technology called SmartSenor. This is supposed to be a first in world pixel-level OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) solution. SmartSensor employs a sensor-based 3-axis stabiliser, while most (though not all) lens and motor-based solutions are 2-axis and usually implemented in flagship smartphones only. Oppo's tech takes just 15 milliseconds to achieve "comprehensive" image stabilisation for blur-free shots and shake-less video. According to their expertise, traditional lens-based stabilizers take at least 50 milliseconds to react to camera movements, which means Oppo's solution is about three times faster. It's also touted as more practical and being able to compensate for a greater range of motion.

Moreover, SmartSensor is said to greatly reduce power consumption, which helps avoid lens heating. Traditional lens-based image stabilization modules use an electrically powered voice coil motor, which consumes over 500mW of power with each photo, and quickly heats up when taking photos for extended periods of time, which impacts lens performance and lowers image quality. SmartSensor uses a voltage-driven sensor, which reduces electricity consumption to as low as 10 milliwatts.

Oppo also talked up the SmartSensor’s precision. Traditional lens-based technologies have a precision of 3 to 5 micrometers, while SmartSensor remains precise to a vibration of just 0.3 micrometers. One pixel is about 1 micrometer, which means that SmartSensor makes precise adjustments at scales of less than a third of a pixel. This is why Oppo touts its tech as capable of pixel-level image stabilization.

OPPO did not reveal which smartphones will carry its latest technologies, but they could become staple features of its upcoming, and long in the making Find 9 flagship smartphone. The company is taking its technological research seriously, coming up with ways to make our smartphones even more awesome than they are now.

source: Oppo 1, 2

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posted on 23 Feb 2016, 06:51 10

1. KillTheKardashians (banned) (Posts: 93; Member since: 19 Feb 2016)

Galaxy s8

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:39 4

8. Bm888 (Posts: 516; Member since: 06 Jul 2015)

great ..innovation

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 09:14 1

18. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)

By iPhones....?

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 10:08 4

23. Aploine (Posts: 437; Member since: 24 Oct 2013)

By Oppo. Imagine that SmartSensor combined with OIS on a lense

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 10:01

21. j2001m (Posts: 3004; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

And it's not in any phone, so no big deal, they all got this type of thing incoming

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 15:19

29. dr.abd (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)

what innovation its sony's technology not them

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 06:56 21

2. technut (Posts: 74; Member since: 03 Aug 2012)

Credit is due where it's deserved. Impressive!

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:30 5

7. rd_nest (Posts: 1656; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)

Yes. Consumer wins most..

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:40

9. TerryTerius (unregistered)

If you are buying a device from Oppo. Otherwise... Not really. Not yet anyway.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 08:34 1

14. Podrick (Posts: 1128; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)

Maybe not yet but many will follow soon.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 11:26

25. TerryTerius (unregistered)

That's why I said "not yet anyway".

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:10 2

3. ZeeNasir (Posts: 121; Member since: 25 Nov 2012)


posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:13

4. SYSTEM_LORD (Posts: 1003; Member since: 05 Oct 2015)

Go Oppo. Now for a phone that I actually like...

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:28 4

5. TerryTerius (unregistered)

It's a shame Oppo doesn't license their tech or outright sell components like Sony or Samsung. It would be pretty useful to have such things available on devices from other manufacturers. And I imagine it would make them a lot more money as well.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:56 2

12. justrt (Posts: 428; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)

Well, the fast-charging technology is still experimental. Once in use, they may decide to license it. So, we can wait and hope

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:29 1

6. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

This is not pixel -level stabilization, Sony introduced the world's first image sensor with sensor -level 3-axis EIS.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:46 1

10. Ordinary (Posts: 2450; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)

Damn. Oppo no chill :D

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 07:49

11. avishekmukherjee (Posts: 344; Member since: 09 Apr 2015)


posted on 23 Feb 2016, 09:16

19. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)

I have the 3.0 charger for my Note4. Z5, G4.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 08:01

13. markpowervr (Posts: 25; Member since: 22 Dec 2015)

this is a great year in tech. every beast is evolving so fast, Now, waiting for the new breed to arrive...thanks oppo this is great!!! you lift the competition even higher! solb!

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 08:45 1

15. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)

Is this sensor based stabilization system by Oppo is different from the recently announced Sony 22.5mp sensor with 3-axis electronic image stabilization? It was recently reported that this new Sony sensor can also correct for pitch, roll, and yaw on the sensor level.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 09:42

20. kent-gaga (Posts: 571; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

if you can read properly, sony's tech is "electrical", whereas Oppo's is "optical"

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 12:19

26. Jairus24 (Posts: 49; Member since: 20 Jan 2012)

I hope you're not dumb enough like me to not know the difference between "electrical" and "electronic" Mr. Smartypants

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 21:30

30. kent-gaga (Posts: 571; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

according to Sony's press release: "With the IMX318, Sony has also created the industry's first*1 stacked CMOS image sensor with image stabilization functionality built into its internal signal processor."
by "built into its internal signal processor", they meant it's software, not hardware.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 09:04

16. talon95 (Posts: 730; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

The new Pentax is making good use of this type of stabilization. They have removed the filters they can use the stabilization and multiple exposures to increase detail, lower noise, CA, and AA. It would be nice to see this tech also implemented into phones. The sensor can also auto level the horizon.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 09:09

17. shield (Posts: 489; Member since: 12 Sep 2015)

LG G4 has 3-axis OIS. Sony copy :P

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 11:10

24. marorun (Posts: 5029; Member since: 30 Mar 2015)

Sony is electrical lg is optical dont mix stuff up..

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 10:02

22. DONUT (Posts: 431; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)

Now bring on the Find 9! It's been long enough Oppo :p

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 13:11

27. Kumar123 (unregistered)

Great job Oppo. You bring something really great with your sensor based image stabilisation. Thumbs up for me.

posted on 23 Feb 2016, 15:17

28. dr.abd (Posts: 3; Member since: 17 Dec 2014)

its sony's new sensor technology gosh how companys says and claim somthings thats not for them cough ((APPLE))

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