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OPPO's 10x zoom modules will go into production in the first half of 2019

OPPO will start making these next-gen smartphone cameras in the next few months. (Source: OPPO)
OPPO will start making these next-gen smartphone cameras in the next few months. (Source: OPPO)
The Android phone-maker OPPO had previously teased its new camera-tech breakthrough: 10x lossless zoom, facilitated by a prism and an extra series of lenses that can fit into a typical phone chassis. The OEM's vice president has announced that it is prepared to mass-produce these components. This should start by about June 2019.
Deirdre O Donnell,

The smartphone OEM OPPO has become associated with the prospect of cameras with up to 10X lossless zoom in its next flagship. This next-gen level of optical zoom is achieved by passing light through a prism, then through a series of lenses placed at right angles relative to the typical rear-facing camera module. These components are projected to be no more than a few millimeters in width, as OPPO claims that they will fit into a premium mobile device without issues.

During an AMA-type session with OPPO fans on Weibo, the company's vice president (VP), Shen Yiren, happened to mention that it will start to produce this next-gen tech in bulk at some point in the first half of this year. Such an announcement improves the odds that a 2019 flagship will be shipped with this new feature. The OEM will also reportedly have 10x zoom prototypes to show off at Mobile World Congress (MWC), which starts 7 days from now (or on February 25, 2019).

The rumor mill has ground out several potential smartphones in which 10x zoom could feature. They include the R19, as its line often includes premium camera features. However, the VP has also recently asserted that it is not being released this year. However, the most probable candidate is the Find Z, which may also be OPPO's Snapdragon 855 flagship this year. Ultimately, MWC will give us the best clues as to the real answer to this question.

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Deirdre O Donnell, 2019-02-18 (Update: 2019-02-19)
Deirdre O'Donnell
I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.