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OPPO Working on Next-Generation Periscope Camera

Successor to the Reno 10x coming soon?

While OPPO has been on a rapid-fast pace in releasing new models under the Reno line, the Chinese brand has yet unveiled a proper successor to the periscope-equipped Reno 10x Zoom from 2019. We might be seeing that successor pretty soon, as OPPO announced that it is working on a new periscope module.

The new module uses a 7-element lens design and has a physical mechanism that can zoom from 85mm (at f/3.3) to 135mm (at f/4/4). Controlling the mechanism is a custom-designed 16-bit high-precision driver IC for zooming, autofocus, and stabilization.

Left to right: Wide-angle, at 85mm, at 135mm

To keep image quality as good as possible, the module is using a new 32-megapixel sensor with a Quad Bayer filter. Through image stacking, the periscope camera can achieve up to 280mm in hybrid zoom. Translating that to smartphone terms, that means the periscope module has a 3.3x to 5.2x optical zoom and up to 11x in hybrid zoom.

While OPPO did not disclose which phone will use this new module, it is presumed that it is for the successor of the Reno 10x Zoom. Based on current rumors, the Reno 10x Zoom’s successor will reportedly have a 6.5-inch 90 Hz AMOLED display, 5G connectivity, a 4000mAh battery, and possibly OPPO’s 125w wired charging.

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