You can add the name of another smartphone heavyweight to the list of confirmed 2016 Mobile World Congress participants, next to Samsung, LG and Sony. That’s China-based OPPO, which may not be considered a major league player by many Western consumers, yet it’s managed to considerably climb up the global ranks in 2015, with 50 million unit sales and 67 percent year-on-year growth.
Hot on the heels of the (front-facing) camera-centric F1, OPPO apparently plans to unveil a different handheld focused on photography, with an “unprecedented smartphone camera innovation in tow”, plus a “groundbreaking power solution.”
It’s unclear whether the same device will accommodate both innovative new features, but it’s safe to assume the phone or phones in the pipeline are part of the mid-range F series. OPPO insists on reminding us of its “legacy of bringing new ideas to the industry”, including the world’s first motorized rotating camera, VOOC Flash Charge technology, front-facing Screen Flash, and selfie beautify function.
Thus, you can probably expect something similar. Maybe the highest ever mobile megapixel count. Or the largest cam sensor squeezed on an Android handset. Widest aperture lens? Fastest shutter speed? How about a completely wireless charging experience? Solar battery? We’re likely dreaming too big, and would be wise to wait until next month’s MWC to see exactly what’s coming.
We’ll of course be on the ground in Barcelona to cover everything and anything that’s worth your time, no matter how iterative or innovative.