SHENZHEN—Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo today teased a number of features coming to its upcoming flagship smartphone and the sequel to the Find X, the Find X2.
The company told journalists here that the Find X2 will feature a number of upgrades over the Find X. The first is with regards to its camera: Oppo says that it will use improved pixel detection methods for better auto-focusing, better focusing on smaller objects, and better light sensitivity under low-light conditions—something that could rival Huawei’s P30 Pro and the Pixel 4’s impressive night photography.
“Since conventional phase difference detection methods separated pixels laterally for detection, they were not very good at detecting objects which lacked pattern change in the horizontal direction. However, all pixel omni-directional PDAF [phase-detect auto focus] is able to detect vertically in addition to horizontally, which enables high-speed auto focus using phase differences in every situation,” Oppo said.
Oppo is working with Sony to provide the sensors for its camera, and yesterday Sony announced a new “2×2 On-Chip Lens solution,” which provides the groundwork for all of these features. Moreover, some of images used in Sony’s announcement match those used by the Chinese company today, so it is almost certain that this is the lens to be included in the Find X2.
Oppo also confirmed that the chipset inside the Find X2 will be the recently announced Snapdragon 865, which gives the device the potential of 200MP photos, 8K video capture, and 960fps slow-motion video at 720p resolution, as well as video capture with Dolby Vision HDR. As yet, however, it is unclear what specifications the camera on the Find X2 will have.
The screen on the Find X2 will be refined, too, specifically with regards to a higher-resolution, higher-refresh rate, a wider dynamic range and “more accurate colors” than previous Find devices. Oppo said the display on the next generation of products will have “better functionality and [screen]effects,” which we imagine relates to user-interface animations, but the smartphone giant did not confirm.
A few days earlier, Oppo also showed a prototype device with an under-screen front-facing camera (nominally similar to that shown by Xiaomi earlier in the year). It is unclear whether this feature will make its way to the Find X2, but it seems likely.
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The Oppo Find X2 will be available in the first quarter of 2020, but the company did not give more information about which markets will receive it. Media from across the globe were present at the meeting, but the Find X has not launched in the United States. Oppo also said in a previous meeting that it currently has no plans to launch other devices, such as its Reno series, in the United States, as the company apparently wants to build its relationships with B2B businesses and operators.