Some phone makers are trying to slim the top bezels of their phones by including camera cut-outs (notches). Chines phone maker Vivo took a different approach and launched the Vivo Nex with a pop-out selfie camera that hides inside the phone when it’s not in use.

And then there’s the Oppo Find X.

Unlike most Oppo phones sold to date, The Verge reports that the Oppo Find X will be sold in North America and Europe soon, and not just in Oppo’s usual markets like China and India.

Update: The Oppo Find X with 256GB of storage and Oppo’s 20W VOOC fast charging support will be available in France in August for 999 Euros ($1156).

There’s also a 1699 Euro ($1967) Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition model with 50W SuperVOOC fast charging.

Update 2: Europe yes. The US… no

The latest phone from Chinese device maker Oppo dosn’t just have a pop-up front camera. Instead, there’s a tray that slides out from behind the screen to reveal the front and rear cameras. They’re all hidden until you open the camera app.

That allows Oppo to outfit the Find X with a 6.4 inch, 2340 x 1080 pixel display with nearly no top or side bezels and only a small bottom bezel (Oppo says it’s 3.4mm).

Oppo says the Find X has a 92.25 93.8 percent screen to body ratio, and the design means that when the camera is hidden the back of the phone is completely smooth — there’s no fingerprint sensor on the front of back. Instead the phone uses facial recognition (or a just an old fashioned password or PIN).

The front camera features a 25MP sensor with 3D features for face scanning, and there are dual rear cameras: a 16MP camera and a 20MP camera.

Oppo says the face unlock feature even works at night, thanks to an infrared camera, dot projector, range sensor, and flood illuminator that creates a 3D map of your face… much like the Face ID system used in Apple’s iPhone X.

Oppo says you can use the camera’s secure facial recognition for more than just logging into the device. The company is also working with partners to enable mobile payments. And of course there’s an Animoji/AR Emoji clone called Omoji.

While the phone’s design is its most distinguishing characteristic, the Oppo Find X also has decent specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 procssor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB of storage
  • 3,730 mAh battery with fast charging support
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G LTE (dual SIM
  • Android 8.1 (Color OS 5.1 user interface)

The Oppo Find X goes up for order in China tarting today. International pricing and release dates haven’t been announced yet. But we may learn more later today: Oppo is holding a launch event in Paris this evening at 8:45.

As The Verge’s Dan Seifert points out in his hands-on video, the phone has an intriguing design that offers a lot of screen, not a lot of bezel, and a unique camera system… but there are still some unanswered questions: like what happens if dust gets trapped in between the slide-out camera tray and the phone? And what kind of case could you us with this phone, one that doesn’t cover the top?

via The Verge



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4 replies on “Oppo Find X is a nearly bezel-free phone with pop-out front and rear cameras”

  1. Not many designs I particularly like but this one is a winner. It allows for other flexible additions in future iterations (keyboard (if bottom), additional speakers, ports, etc)

    I really do dislike the 2:1 aspect ratio passionately – what’s the point of minimizing the bezels if you’re going to also kill off screen real estate. There are still plenty of sites that need landscape and tons of apps that need additional height while in landscape.

  2. Not having a fingerprint sensor these days is a big drawback – now that I have one on my phone, it’s hard to go back. It makes it much easier to use strong passwords in a password manager when you don’t have to type out a long, crazy jumbled password. Especially with two-factor-auth on so many of our accounts now, our phones serve as the key to our other sites, so securing the phone has to be both strong AND convenient.

    Unless Face Unlock got waaaay more awesome this year, this is a dealbreaker. Cool phone tho….

  3. They somewhat ruin it with facial recognition, it’s idiotic to pop up the cam all the time for that.

  4. Got to give them credit for pushing the enveloppe as far as it will go in terms of design…beautiful to look at!

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