Thursday, January 20

Sony would prepare a new photo sensor with Oppo


For its next smartphone, the Oppo Find X3 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer has asked Sony to design a brand new photo sensor, even better than that of the Find X2 Pro.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro photo module

The Oppo Find X2 Pro photo module // Gamesdone: Geoffroy Husson for Frandroid

As Huawei has been doing for several years, more and more smartphone manufacturers are equipping themselves with personalized photo sensors, developed by the two leaders in the sector: Sony and Samsung. For its Find X2 Pro, Oppo had asked Sony to develop the IMX689 sensor. It seems that this cooperation is extended for the next smartphone of the Chinese brand.

Indeed, according to information from leaker Chinese Digital Chat Station, published on Weibo, Oppo and Sony are currently testing a new photo sensor, the IMX789. Quite logically, this would be the successor sensor to last year’s IMX689. Above all, this sensor should be integrated into the next high-end model of Oppo, expected early next year, the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

An already convincing sensor on the Oppo Find X2 Pro

For now, it is not yet clear what the characteristics of this sensor will be. Nonetheless, Oppo has struck a big blow this year with its Find X2 Pro. The main sensor is indeed particularly bright with a format of “1 / 1.43” approaching the one inch format. The IMX689 was also capable of capturing 48-megapixel snapshots with 1.12-micron photosites.

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Logically, the Oppo Find X3 Pro should offer even more interesting optical characteristics. However, it is unclear whether Oppo and its supplier, Sony, will favor a larger format, higher definition sensor or both.

As a reminder, the Oppo Find X3 Pro should be officially presented in early 2021. It should be equipped with a 6.7-inch screen with a density of 525 pixels per inch and an adaptive refresh rate of 10 to 120 Hz. According to information from leaker Evan Blass, he would also benefit from two 50 megapixel sensors for the wide-angle and the ultra-wide-angle, as well as a telephoto lens associated with a 13-megapixel sensor.


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