Oppo, one of the leading Chinese smartphone brands in India, is set to launch its next selfie-centric smartphone called Oppo F7 on March 26. The company has been teasing the device for past few weeks and it will be one of the first devices to launch here with an iPhone X-style notch.
Ahead of the launch, Oppo has started detailing some of the features of the upcoming smartphone. The key feature, of course, starts with the selfie camera. The Oppo F7 will feature a 25-megapixel front camera with company’s proprietary AI beautification model and real-time HDR technology. “More details are captured, contrast and color range of those pixels are expanded, to reveal a brighter, clearer and more vibrant selfie,” the company said in a shared statement.
The smartphone will also support new features like AI selfie, Cover Shot and AR (augmented reality) stickers, which seems to be like Oppo is doubling down on AI from last year. It will also feature a large 6.2-inch display with full HD+ resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels and 19:9 aspect ratio and Oppo is calling it Super Full Screen with screen-to-body ratio of 89.09 percent.
One of the talking points of the Oppo F7 will be its notched display, which bears resemblance to Apple iPhone X. Even before comparisons start hitting the internet, Oppo claims that it was amongst the first smartphone manufacturers to obtain a patent for the notch-shaped screen design. It claoms to have submitted application for the patent in January 2017 and got the approval from State Intellectual Property Office of PRC on September 29, 2017, which means few days after the iPhone X announcement. Interestingly, Oppo’s patent covers notch in various shaped including a semi-circle, half square, inverted triangle, semi-ellipse and half arc.
We don’t know a great deal about the phone apart from its notch design, taller display and improved selfie camera. It will be officially launched on March 26 and Oppo says it will be competitively priced, suggesting a sub-Rs 30,000 price range. Oppo will expand its availability to South East Asian markets after its India launch.