This triple-lens phone may come with 3D-sensing rear camera
Say what you will about the notch copycat ways of Chinese phone makers, but there is also a rather visible trend for interesting ideas to increasingly come from the likes of Huawei, Oppo, Vivo or Xiaomi lately. After announcing the R17 with one of the most minimalistic notches around, and the first phone with Corning's Gorilla Glass 6, Oppo is now teasing the Pro version that apparently will have the same tiny notch and in-display finger scanner, but a triple-camera setup.
It is not clear, however, whether the three cameras will all be used strictly for photographic purposes, like on Huawei's P20 Pro, or the rumored depth measuring time-of-flight (ToF) duties, like the 3D face-reading kits on the front of phones like the iPhone X or Find X. What could a ToF camera do at the back? Well, create augmented reality experiences, like trying on new clothes in the virtual domain, or rearranging the furniture, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, as all will be revealed next week when the Pro will get official.
Meanwhile, one of the lenses is said to sport a variable aperture, like on the Galaxy S9, and with exactly the same f/1.5-f/2.4 specs. In addition, the Oppo R17 Pro should be one of the few announced with Qualcomm's upper midrange Snapdragon 710, which should help keep the pricing decent and the performance high up there with the big boys.