An Oppo phone with 10x zoom technology. Oppo

Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 hasn’t officially started yet, but companies are already holding events in advance of the big week. Oppo is the first major player to hold a pre-MWC event, revealing its 10x zoom technology in Barcelona.

The company also unveiled triple camera hardware to go with the zoom capabilities, featuring a 48MP main camera, a 16MP ultra-wide angle shooter, and an unspecified 10x zoom telephoto camera. Oppo says this triple camera supports focal lengths from 16mm to 160mm.

Oppo originally used a prism and periscope solution for 5x zoom tech, shown off at MWC 2017. The 10x zoom solution maintains this basic setup, but restricts it to the telephoto camera. The Chinese brand says it’s also added optical image stabilization to the main and telephoto cameras.

The brand confirmed that 10x zoom capabilities will appear in its next product, scheduled for a Q2 2019 reveal. So you won’t have to wait too long to get your hands on a real-world device with this technology.

What else did Oppo show?

The manufacturer first showed off 10x zoom technology in China earlier this year, alongside an in-display fingerprint sensor that offers a larger readable area. But the company had one more reveal at its Barcelona event, showing off its first 5G phone (seen below).

Oppo's first 5G smartphone is revealed. Oppo

The company gave little in the way of information regarding the new phone (which seems to sport a notch), save for confirming that it’s using the Snapdragon 855 chipset. It also announced that it’s working with four carriers (Optus, Singtel, Swisscom Telstra) to bring its 5G plans to life.

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