The Oppo Find 7 Smartphone Has a 50MP Camera...Sorta...

By Gerald Lynch on at

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been skirting around the fringes of the smartphone big leagues in the west for a little while now, and its newly-unveiled Oppo Find 7 smartphone boasts some insane specs. Is it all too good to be true?

The top line specifications roll off the tongue like some sort of Android smartphone dream. The Oppo Find 7 packs in a 1440 x 2560 5.5-inch screen -- that gives a ridiculous 538ppi. A speedy quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor sits under the hood, backed by 3GB of RAM. 32GB of storage space comes as standard, and if you can dig out a microSD card you can boost that to as much as 128GB. Throw in a capacious 3,000mAh battery and you've got yourself a handset that's ready to go toe-to-toe with the Galaxy S5 or Xperia Z2 (providing the Oppo Color [sic] reskin of Android 4.3 isn't too obnoxious, of course).

Which is why it's hard to understand the murky way Oppo is presenting the Find 7's camera. It's calling it a 50MP camera. That's, at best, a half-truth. On the rear of the phone sits a 13MP camera equipped with a dual-LED flash. Its "50MP" images are actually a software trick, part of a "Super Zoom" feature that glues together four individual shots (from a burst of ten) into one still image. Early reports from the likes of Engadget indicate that this works very well (it cites the sensor's 480 megapixel-per-second bandwidth and f/2.0 aperture as particularly worthy of praise). But it's still not the most transparent way to sell a feature that by all accounts would stand up without unnecessary exaggeration. 4K video recording and slow-motion clips are also at the phone's disposal.

As yet, there's no information to share on a UK release, though plenty of Chinese retailers will be offering import options for the daring this Spring. Oppo is looking to expand its reach significantly to markets including the UK this year however, so with a bit of patience the Find 7 could turn up eventually at your local phone shop. [Engadget, TechRadar]