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.

source: Oppo

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8 Comments

1. Ghost04

Posts: 513; Member since: May 03, 2014

Oppo phones probably has the worst camera in the market. Even if they use 10 cameras , they will still take poor photos .

3. AbhiD

Posts: 565; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

You could not be more wrong. Ever checked out Oppo's selfie focussed phones? Their front cameras are better than majority phone's back cameras. Also the sensors used by Oppo are top of the line. And they know what they are doing with the software processing. It's just that it's been quite a while since Oppo released a true flagship(mostly upper mid range phones only) and focussed on back cameras. The quality oppo provides in phones upto $500 is better than any other device in it's class.

7. sgodsell

Posts: 6723; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

So basically it could be a Tango like device that could also scan it's surroundings to generate a point map of an object that it's looking at. In others words, if a user has a toy placed on a table in front of them, and you use this smartphone to record a full point map of that object, or in this case a toy. Plus, if you scanned enough information to generate the complete object, then you can use that information in a 3D printer to recreate that scanned toy. Or use that information with some AR or VR apps. Lots of things you can do with a complete generated point map of objects or its surroundings.

2. ahmadkun

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2016

Looking at the thumbnail i thought it's galaxy S9 with a new color .. just imagine the S9 and Note 9 with this color.. woow

5. Farcaster

Posts: 145; Member since: Apr 16, 2018

No thanks. Chinese phone makers can stick with their gaudy colors.

6. ZombieHunter

Posts: 264; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Ummm, aren't pretty much all phones from China?

8. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

They want to copy Samsung's look but it still has crappy chinese quality. No thanks. Just get an S8+ for same price or cheaper with far superior Samsung quality.

4. S4NDY

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

and Apple goes copy this in next year iphones

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