A recently leaked patent document from Oppo shows that the company is working on a multi-zoom technology. The company indirectly confirmed that it is working in the possibility of multiple or even 10x hybrid optical zoom technology. As of now, the development of this tech has gotten to advanced stages and it will go commercial in the nearest future. It is believed that this tech will be used in Oppo’s next-generation flagship smartphones starting from the upcoming Oppo F19.
At the MWC 2017, OPPO’s first 5x zoom technology debuted, introducing a “periscope structure” lens design. The 5x optical zoom is mounted on a thin mobile phone body and gives a clearer imaging effect which allows the phone to zoom more. Compared with the traditional zoom technology, the mobile phone has only 5.7 mm lens module, the total thickness of the lens is also thin to 7.8 mm and has an anti-shake accuracy of 0.0025°. The optical image stabilization of mobile phone photos has been increased by more than twice, the thickness is reduced by about 10%, and the anti-shake performance is also increased by 40%.
An insider said that OPPO will announce relevant technical details and commercial information of this tech as soon as possible. The imminent major exhibitions for next year are CES in January and the MWC in February. These are the likely timeline for Oppo to make some sort of introduction. OPPO has established six research institutes and four R&D centers around the world. The 10x hybrid optical zoom technology is a major aspect for research and development by the company.