Oppo launches the Find X7 Ultra with two periscope cameras

Smartphone manufacturers once raced to tout quad-camera setups, often adding a mediocre fourth camera for macro or depth sensing. However, with recent flagship phones featuring legitimate quad “main” cameras, brands must be more creative to stand out. In Oppo’s case, the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 3-powered Find X7 Ultra goes beyond with two periscope telephoto cameras, a leap from its predecessor’s triple camera system.

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The “HyperTone Camera System” on the Find X7 Ultra boasts four rear Hasselblad cameras, all with a consistent 50-megapixel resolution. Oppo attributes this to their large sensors, especially the main imager, housing Sony’s efficient LYT-900 sensor with an f/1.8 aperture, OIS, 23mm focal length, and reduced lens reflection. The ultra-wide camera features a fast 1/1.95-inch Sony LYT-600 sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, a 14mm equivalent focal length, and a focus distance down to 4cm.

Two periscope telephoto cameras enhance versatility. The first, with 3x optical zoom, boasts a large Sony IMX980 sensor, f/2.6 aperture, “Prism OIS,” 65mm focal length, and a 25cm focus distance. The second offers a 6x optical zoom powered by a Sony IMX858 sensor, f/4.3 aperture, 135mm focal length, a 35cm focus distance, and Prism OIS. Oppo claims the Find X7 Ultra handles a versatile focal length range of 14mm to 270mm with AI-enhanced zoom at 12x.

Oppo introduces breakthroughs with the “HyperTone Image Engine,” enhancing computational photography for HDR, avoiding over-exposure, and improving subjective emotional appeal. This engine, developed over two years, will extend to some existing Oppo devices.

Improvements include quality consistency across the zoom range, better low-light performance, and realistic portrait shots with the “Hasselblad Portrait Mode.” Oppo promises cinematic bokeh accuracy down to a single strand of hair.

The “Hasselblad Master Mode” offers customization based on the Hasselblad X2D 100C medium format mirrorless camera. It includes control over saturation, contrast, sharpness, vignette, and shooting features like manual ISO, shutter speed, EV, focus, and white balance. This mode introduces “RAW MAX” capture for 13 stops of dynamic range and 16-bit colour depth in BT2020 colour space.

The Find X7 Ultra, available in “Ocean Blue,” “Sepia Brown,” and “Tailored Black” with a vegan leather cover, features a 5,000mAh battery, wireless charging (50W, 100W SuperVOOC wired charging), and a slim design. Oppo’s brightest QHD panel, a 6.82-inch AMOLED display, supports 120Hz refresh rate, ultra-low touch latency, and has IP68 dust- and water-resistance. The three-stage slider transforms into a “VIP slider” for quick notification changes or enhanced privacy.

The Find X7 Ultra is not planned for a global launch. Priced from 5,999 yuan (about $845) for 12GB RAM and 256GB storage to 6,999 yuan (about $990) for 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, it’s available for pre-order with a January 12th retail launch. A special edition with satellite call support arrives in late March.

For budget-conscious users, the Find X7 base model, powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 9300 processor, offers triple cameras, starting from 3,999 yuan (about $560) for 12GB RAM and 256GB storage. The Find X7 tops out at 4,999 yuan (about $700) for 16GB RAM and 1TB storage. Colour options include “Ocean Blue,” “Sepia Brown,” purple, and black, without the VIP slider feature.