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Oppo to launch Reno 7 with 'cat-eye lens' camera this week

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November 23, 2021
TL;DR
  • Oppo will debut new camera technology when it launches the Reno 7 series later this week.
  • The “cat-eye lens” tech is co-developed by Sony, and uses an RGBW sensor.
  • The Reno 7 will debut on November 25.

Oppo is gearing up for the Reno 7 series launch later this week, with the new line introducing several design changes over its predecessor. However, the most significant addition might be lurking beneath the camera lenses.

The company will introduce the “world’s first super-sensitive cat-eye lens” with the Reno 7 series. Per a series of Weibo posts, Oppo co-developed the technology with Sony over three years. The camera also utilizes the Sony IMX709 sensor with an RGBW array. Oppo believes this combo improves light sensitivity and noise reduction.

If you are wondering where the “cat-eye” fits into the equation, Oppo’s marketing suggests the phone will be pretty adept at shooting night-time and low-light shots. There’s no indication that the lens itself will utilize a slit-shaped design akin to an actual cat’s pupil.

Additionally, some teaser shots hint at the camera’s use as a selfie shooter, but the company hasn’t confirmed its placement just yet. According to a leak from tipster Evan Blass, however, it seems likely that both the Reno 7 and Reno 7 Pro will use this camera up front.

Oppo’s also teasing an intelligent use of the rear camera hump, which features an illuminated accent ring. Presumably, this doubles as a notification light, something we’ve not seen on pricier smartphones in quite a while.

What about the rest of the Oppo Reno 7 series? Well, the Pro model could pack the Dimensity 1200 Max SoC, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.5-inch AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate, per the latest rumors. We may find four lenses at the rear, too, headlined by a 50MP primary shooter.

There’s not too long to wait for a confirmation of these specs or pricing details. The Reno 7 series will debut in China on November 25.