OPPO going to release its version of Nokia 9 PureView?
It seems that the Chinese OPPO is exploring the possibility of releasing a smartphone with at least seven cameras. Recently noticed documentation confirms these rumors, revealing the extremely unusual concept of a smartphone with a huge camera block on the rear panel. Images were found on the website of China's largest patent authority, the National Intellectual Property Administration.
OPPO presented two examples of smartphone design with this solution. They differ only in the shape of the panel in which the camera unit itself is located, and in the placement of the flash. The front side of the proposed smartphone is much more traditional – here we see a lone camera for "selfie shots" built into a neat cutout.
Of course, beauty is a subjective matter, but it will be more interesting for a technologist to look at how exactly such a block of cameras will show itself in action. Given that all images are just a concept, it is unlikely that the company is ready to show a working prototype.
No matter how strange the design of the new device from OPPO may seem, the Chinese manufacturer is simply developing with an eye to current trends. The number of smartphone cameras is increasing every year.
No matter what smartphone makers claim in their ads, they still can't challenge physics. Mobile sensors still remain tiny compared to professional cameras. As a result, they collect light worse, which is why the smartphone technically will not be able to produce a more “juicy” and simply high-quality picture.
Perhaps this device will not see the light at all, like many other concepts of the company, but it is still interesting if OPPO decides to promote the idea of a huge number of sensors, whether it will be able to realize the idea that originated with Nokia with their failed Nokia 9 PureView.
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