Residents of Cape Town were treated to sights of a robot dog walking through the CBD as Dwyka Mining Services showcased Boston Dynamic’s Spot….
Notches are so early 2018, this is at least according to Chinese company Oppo’s new smartphone, the Find X.
Behind that silly name lies a pretty cool marketing trick: a motorised popup camera that houses three cameras.
Instead of popping the selfie camera in a notch or a thicker bezel, Oppo mounted the camera on a tray that slides out when the camera is required. This allows the firm to slim the bezels right around the device. And it looks pretty damn neat from the front.
At the rear, the camera array consists of a 16MP and 20MP sensor duo. Up front, there’s a 25MP sensor allowing for facial unlock. And that’s pretty important because there’s no fingerprint unlocking tech at all on the Find X.
Other 2018 smartphone flagship traits also emerge beyond the skin: there’s a 6.4-inch OLED panel, powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. There’s also a pretty large 3730mAh battery, with Android 8.1 Oreo running beneath Oppo’s ColorOS UI.
But there are some drawbacks. For one, there’s no water or dust protection, and as mentioned before, use the camera to log into your phone, or use a PIN like its 2009.
The Oppo Find X makes its debut in China this week, and is heading to North America later this year. There’s no word on whether it’ll be heading to Europe or South Africa just yet.
Feature image: Oppo