Oppo today announces the F11 Pro; a new Android smartphone that utilises the same innovative pop-up camera as last year's Oppo Find X. This allows for a genuine bezel-free display with no notch or lens hole to spoil the illusion. The new phone also boasts a 48-megapixel rear-facing camera. Hot damn! Here are the details.
The F11 Pro is a 6.5-inch smartphone that comes with a MediaTek Helio P70 processor (2.1Ghz), a 4000mAh battery, up to 6GB of RAM, 3D facial scanning and a whopping 48-megapixel rear-facing camera array.
Like the Find X, the F11 Pro's main claim to fame is a hidden 16MP 'stealth' camera which pops out of the chassis when needed. This has allowed Oppo to create a seamless slab of glass, with nearly 100 per cent of the phone's front surface devoted to its display.
When the Oppo Find X launched in June last year, I asked the company if pop-up cameras would become the default design for Oppo handsets moving forward. Its response was cautious and non committal, but it seems their faith in the concept has been renewed in the wake of the Find X's critical acclaim.
Interestingly, while the design principle remains unchanged, the F11 Pro's camera looks quite different. Instead of the phone's entire upper back sliding upward like the Find X, the F11 Pro sports a separate camera component.
It will be interesting to see how this affects the durability. (The Find X's stealth camera was designed to last five years at a usage rate of 150 times per day.)
We're still waiting on pricing info and a release date for the F11 Pro but it should be appearing in the coming months with an RRP of $1000 or so.
For better or worse, an increasing number of smartphone manufacturers have embraced the notch. Making its debut on the Essential Phone before exploding into the mainstream with the iPhone X, it allows phones to have a 'bezel-free' display without compromising the camera, sensors or other front-facing components.
Some people consider notched displays to be a necessary evil. Others think they're an abomination. Whichever viewpoint you prescribe to, it turns out you can have an edge-to-edge screen without relying on a notch - all you need is a pop-up camera. Genius.