so the new Oppo cell phone won't have an optical zoom

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so the new Oppo cell phone won't have an optical zoom

I guess the cell phone that one guy thought would be the start of the end of consumer stand alone camera market won't have its hyped zoom. Maybe it never worked? Instead it has a motorized pop up camera. And it uses it to scan your face, so it has to pop up every single time you turn it on.

Not mention you can't put it in a case because it will block the pop up camera. I hope they made it tough enough to withstand drops.

But hey, for the first time an Oppo model will be available outside Asian countries. You think they'll sell many at $1000 a pop?

Personally, I think cell phone are so jammed packed full of stuff they've reached the limits of optical performance.

The Oppo Find X, the first smartphone from the Chinese electronics company to be sold in Europe and North America, will cost £999 (about $1,150 at current USD conversation rates). The pricing was announced at the tail end of Oppo’s lavish reveal event that was held at the Louvre in Paris today. That price appears to be only for the 256GB configuration, and we don’t know whether the phone will be available for less money. The device is slated to ship in August, though we don’t know yet whether that time frame is for Europe, North America, or both regions.

Prior to the Find X, Oppo phones were restricted to China, India, Philippines, and a few other Asian countries. This new model, which features an edge-to-edge display, is Oppo’s attempt to compete with top-tier handset makers like Apple and Samsung. Its most notable feature is a pop-up camera in place of a front-facing module fitted inside a display notch, as is the case on the iPhone X and a number of Android copycat devices.

The most interesting aspect of the Find X’s design is its camera system, which is completely hidden when the phone is off or the camera app is closed. When you turn the Find X on and open the camera app, the entire top section of the phone motorizes up and reveals a 25-megapixel front-facing camera, 3D facial scanning system, and 16-megapixel + 20-megapixel dual rear camera. Close the camera app and the whole assembly motors back into the phone’s chassis. Oppo says the camera can open in just 0.5 seconds, and based on my experience, that seems fairly accurate.

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