Oppo's 10x lossless zoom tech could steal the MWC 2019 spotlight away from Samsung or LG

Oppo's 10x lossless zoom tech could steal the MWC 2019 spotlight away from Samsung or LG
Foldable designs and 5G connectivity are widely expected to take center stage at MWC 2019 in Barcelona in just a few days, but while the mobile industry is definitely pinning its hopes on these two breakthroughs for a global market rebound, neither is yet a very mature or accessible technology. Believe it or not, Oppo may have something in the pipeline that we can all get behind right away, with pretty obvious real-world utility and strong game-changing potential.

The company, which is not extremely popular in the West despite ranking fifth overall in worldwide 2018 smartphone shipments, already took the wraps off its groundbreaking 10x lossless zoom solution last month. But we've known for a while a more glamorous demonstration was planned for this year's Mobile World Congress, which just so happens to be the industry's largest exhibition around the globe.



After reminding its Twitter followers about the exciting February 23 "innovation event" a couple of times over the past few days, Oppo significantly stepped up the hype machine by sharing the first video showing the 10x lossless zoom feature in action. The 21-second clip purportedly stars company VP Brian Shen as he slowly zooms in on Barcelona's iconic Sagrada Familia church, ultimately snapping a crystal clear close-up from a fairly large distance.

We have to admit we're now more prepared than ever to "get closer with Oppo", and you don't need to attend the MWC 2019 trade show to do the same, as the company plans to live stream its innovation event on Saturday, starting at 2 PM local time (8 AM on the US east coast, 5 AM PST).

It's worth remembering that Oppo claimed this mind-blowing technology is "ready for mass production", so we could see an actual, commercial-ready phone unveiled in Barcelona later this week with three rear-facing cameras combining an "Ultra Wide Angle", "Ultra Clear Master", and Telephoto lens to achieve 10x lossless zoom. While said mysterious device is unlikely to ever hit the US, the OnePlus 7 could borrow the technology a few months down the line, in keeping with the two brands' history of shared designs and impressive features.

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14 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nice. Hope you can use atleast 5x zoom while recording video in atleast 1080p aswell.

2. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

The amount of times I used zoom in last decade on my smartphones = 0. Amount of zoomed photos I have on my smartphones = 0.

3. blingblingthing

Posts: 897; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

While you may not use it, it's not a bad feature to have in your arsenal. Sort of like dual climates in a car, you likely never use it, but it's something you'd get included depending on the price you pay for your car.

4. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Oh I use it when I'm fidgeting

6. KingSam

Posts: 1377; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

But their tech will give you full resolution. The it reason I don't use it much is because of degraded quality. I do have a telephoto lens which is nice at times.

9. mixedfish

Posts: 1545; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

Wow you must be a smart to compare digital zoom and optical zoom.

5. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This could be a major break though for camera phone capabilities. Imagine having just one lense again instead of the 4 lenses abominations. Lol.

7. hpspectrex360

Posts: 56; Member since: May 10, 2017

Now this sounds interesting. I never use the zoom feature on my phone only because it sucks, but stuff like this could change that.

8. Man_Utd

Posts: 162; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I agree this is a game changer. I'm curious to see the thickness of the phone. If it just as slim as any other phone, this is very cool technology.

10. notfair

Posts: 698; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

The zoom is digital btw. But let's see at mwc how good it is

14. AmirBudi

Posts: 88; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

No, it is an optical zoom

11. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 209; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

They call it 10x lossless zoom but in reality this is more like Huawei's 5x hybrid zoom, since it starts from the UWA lens and not the main camera with the regular focal length. I'm curious to see how well Samsung and Huawei will execute the zoom lens on S10 and P30 Pro.

12. Ichimoku

Posts: 137; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Microscope phone.

13. strawberry

Posts: 66; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

china phone camera is getting so much better than samsung!

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