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OPPO may get litigious over Reno leaks

OPPO may have prepared "Super Night Scene" for the Reno line. (Source: Weibo)
OPPO may have prepared "Super Night Scene" for the Reno line. (Source: Weibo)
The concept of a whole new brand for OPPO could have been a major reveal for the company at its next launch event. However, this possibility has been disrupted by a multitude of leaks on the subject. Now, the OEM is said to have to be threatening a store with legal action over one of them.

OPPO's next major launch may involve the name Reno, a new product line that may have multiple variants and the 10x zoom that the OEM showcased at MWC this year. Some devices that apparently bear this name have leaked out via the Chinese certifying authority, TENAA.

Companies like OPPO are accustomed to having their upcoming products covered ahead of their release in this way. However, it seems the firm was less prepared to tolerate another leak, which concerns allegations of an innovative new form of pop-up selfie camera that has become associated with the Reno name.

According to a new report, this was to be a considerably better-kept secret. However, the source (possibly an online or physical retailer) that is now said to be responsible for this disclosure has reportedly been fined 500,000 yuan (~US$74,400) on behalf of the OEM.

The "store" that originally leaked this feature may now also face legal action from the company. Ironically, additional new Reno leaks may have come direct from OPPO itself. It has posted a listing for the first such phone, a 6GB RAM model, ahead of its launch on April 10, 2019. This phone is available in either 128GB or 256GB SKUs, and comes in either purple or black (even though green and pink options have also been mentioned).

This phone may also come with a feature being called Super Night Scene, OPPO's possible take on Night Sight for 2019. Cityscapes that have been implicitly taken using this mode have been posted online, along with the range's alleged variant names: Reno Pro, Reno Plus, Reno Zoom, Reno Lite and Reno Youth. They invite speculation that at least one of these - most likely the first - may replace the also-expected Find Z this year, and that another (the latter) could supplant the Realme brand. However, we may find out for sure on April 10.

Some more supposed "Super Night Scene" shots. (Source: GizChina)
Some more supposed "Super Night Scene" shots. (Source: GizChina)


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-04- 3 (Update: 2019-04- 3)