The strongly emerging Oppo unveiled its new Reno telephone series earlier this month in its home country of China. Most attention went to the Oppo Reno 5G, the first 5G smartphone of the brand. It is also the world’s first mobile phone with an oblique pop-up camera, giving this device an extra stylish appearance that will attract young people. The worldwide introduction will take place in Switzerland on 24 April. More Reno models may also be introduced at that time.
Oppo smartphone with notch and dual camera
Halfway through 2018, Guangdong Oppo Mobile Telecommunications filed a design patent with the Global Design Database of WIPO (World Intellectual Property Office). The patent was published on 9 April 2019 and not only shows a series of sketches, but also nine color images of a future Oppo telephone. This is a budget smartphone.
The front shows an almost image-filling screen with a small drop-shaped notch. Oppo has had eight notch variants recorded, which, incidentally, differ minimally from each other. Color images of only one model is shown, and this appears to be the final design.
On the back, we see a double camera with a flash. Immediately below there is room for a fingerprint scanner. We see two buttons on the left, and a physical button on the right. The microphone is placed on top. Furthermore, the bottom offers space for a connection to charge the device. Also, a 3.5mm headphone connection is not missing on this model.
The dual camera is placed vertically apart. If we look at the current Oppo smartphone line-up, then we see a horizontal camera placed with the budget models from the A-series. Consider the Oppo AX7, launched earlier this year. Models can be found within the midrange R and F series where the cameras are placed vertically apart. However, these mobile phones already have a triple camera. The patented model does not seem to belong in an existing Oppo series.
Oppo Reno models
Earlier this month, the Oppo PCAM10 / PCAT10 was certified by the Chinese inspection body TENAA. This will probably be the Oppo Reno Lite, which is expected later this month. The inspection documents also included some photos of the telephone, this model shows many similarities with the patent that LetsGoDigital is discussing today. The only difference I can notice is the shape of the flash. This is somewhat oval in the patent, while the previously leaked photos show around flash.
Chances are that we are looking at a Reno model here. At the end of last month, Oppo registered five trademarks for its future telephone models. Oppo Reno Pro, Plus, Zoom, Lite, and Youth are the names. These devices will probably not all be introduced simultaneously, but we expect two models in any case.
Oppo Netherland has already announced that it will soon be possible to buy the new smartphone series here. Nothing is known about the price for the time being, but the CEO has announced via Chinese social media that ‘she doesn’t want to disappoint her customers’. We, therefore, hope for competitive pricing.