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



28. dr.abd

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

its sony's new sensor technology gosh how companys says and claim somthings thats not for them cough ((APPLE)) watch?v=1GSdgnB3-W4

27. Kumar123 unregistered

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


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

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

17. shield

Posts: 899; Member since: Sep 12, 2015

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

24. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

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

16. talon95

Posts: 1012; Member since: Jul 31, 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.

15. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 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.

20. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

26. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

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

30. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 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.

13. markpowervr

Posts: 31; Member since: Dec 22, 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!

11. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015


19. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

10. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Damn. Oppo no chill :D

6. rency0722

Posts: 158; Member since: Jun 12, 2013

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

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.

12. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

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


Posts: 1168; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

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

3. ZeeNasir

Posts: 131; Member since: Nov 25, 2012


2. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Credit is due where it's deserved. Impressive!

7. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Yes. Consumer wins most..

9. TerryTerius unregistered

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

14. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Maybe not yet but many will follow soon.

25. TerryTerius unregistered

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

1. KillTheKardashians

Posts: 93; Member since: Feb 19, 2016

Galaxy s8

8. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

great ..innovation

18. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

By iPhones....?

23. Aploine

Posts: 445; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

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

21. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

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

29. dr.abd

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

what innovation its sony's technology not them

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