When does the Oppo Find X3 launch?
Little is known about the Find X3's potential release as yet, that said, there is one clue that at least confirms it's on its way - the Snapdragon 875.
Chipmaker Qualcomm's next flagship-tier mobile SoC is expected to make its debut at the end of 2020, ready for the best and brightest smartphones of 2021.
Following the announcement of the company's annual Snapdragon Tech Summit event, kicking off on 1 December, companies including Samsung, Xiaomi and Oppo are all apparently on the books to be using Qualcomm's hottest chip in their next smartphones.
It's assumed that the 875 will power the Find X3, just as its predecessor - the Snapdragon 865 - has served as the brain of both the Find X2 and Find X2 Pro, and that it will launch around the same time as the X2 range did, in early March 2021.
How much is the Oppo Find X3?
At this early stage, pricing is also up in the air. With the existing Find X2 range, the standard model starts at £899, while the Pro pushes to a starting price of £1099.
While there's a chance that the company might hike prices to some degree, in the current market, Oppo is already brushing up against the ceiling of what most brands charge for an Android flagship phone, so going much higher would require significant technological innovation to justify the increase.
What features does the Oppo Find X3 have?
While there's more about what a Find X3 device might look like down below, the latest news comes from Oppo itself, which announced that the Find X3 series would offer a Full-Path Colour Management System - confirming that we can expect multiple devices within the X3 line alongside one of its fundamental features.
The Find X2 Pro is already billed as toting a 10-bit colour display, however, in truth (which Oppo is upfront about) the phone's screen - arguably one of the best smartphone displays currently on the market - actually uses an 8-bit panel with frame-rate control (FRC) to emulate 10-bit performance; this isn't how the Find X3 will reportedly play things.
Announced as part of the company's Inno Day 2020 event (which also saw the reveal of the Oppo X 2021 rollable concept phone), the Find X3 will offer a true 10-bit colour display but not only that, will offer 10-bit colour depth through the full DCI-P3 gamut at every stage, from capture via the phone's camera, to encoding, storage, decoding and finally, on the screen.
Oppo is also adding support for DOL-HDR (Digital Overlap High Dynamic Range) camera sensors - a Sony-developed technology that allows for multiple shots to be taken at different exposures simultaneously and compiled into a final HDR shot, rather than current mobile HDR solutions that capture multiple images at different exposure values in succession in order to create a composite final HDR image.
This upgrade would reduce the risk of blurred movement when capturing HDR images, as all exposure values are being captured concurrently.
As spotted by LetsGoDigital, Oppo previously filed a design patent for a smartphone with the CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Office) at the end of 2019; the documentation for which was approved and published on 9 October 2020.
It details a device with both a "waterfall" display and an under-display front-facing camera, which would logically serve as standout features for new flagship-class devices from the company.
We've seen phones with "waterfall" displays before - devices like the Vivo Nex 3 and Huawei Mate 30 Pro - that feature panels with heavily rounded edges covering the majority of their sides, but we're yet to see Oppo bring a design like this to market.
We've also seen under-display front-facing camera concepts from various phone makers - including Oppo - however, only ZTE has brought a device with this unique feature to market, with the China-exclusive Axon 20 5G.
Oppo showed the technology off to Tech Advisor first-hand during its Inno Day 2019 event but the Find X3 would be the first of the company's phones to actually grant consumers access to such capabilities.
Oppo Find X3 wish list
Consistent cameras - There's little that Oppo left out with this year's Find X2 Pro and to a lesser degree the standard Find X2. The former boasts one of the best camera setups currently available on a smartphone, so bringing that same degree of consistency and general imaging excellence across the entirety of the range would be ideal.
Wireless charging - Considering the asking price of Oppo's current-gen flagships, there's little reason to exclude features like wireless charging, especially when other Oppo devices already possess such functionality.
Faster charging - The entirety of the Find X2 range boasts already-impressive fast charging but to push the envelope as it's clear Oppo likes to do, we're expecting even faster speeds from next year's X3.
More colours/finishes - The Find X2 Pro comes in an understated grey ceramic or an eye-watering orange vegan leather; some more colourways or finishes wouldn't go amiss next year, Oppo.
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