OPPO are one of the most innovative companies around at the moment. Their design and hardware innovations have led to them slicing themselves a large slab of the world’s smartphone market share. 2019 looks to be no different if a leak from overnight turns out to be real.
This year OPPO released the Find X and although it lacked NFC it was the most inspiring piece of smartphone I have seen in a very long time. Their willingness to push boundaries has won them many fans and with the R17 Pro just released we can see how they have attempted to shrink the notch as much as possible, unlike some manufacturers who just seem to be making it bigger and bigger.
Overnight, leaker with a decent record of accuracy, Ice Universe has revealed what he says is the OPPO R19. The leaks has been revealed on his Weibo account where he says “OPPO R19 believe me, that’s right. Source: i Ice Universe”.
As you can see the image has dual rear facing cameras suggesting it is not the Pro version (which on the R17 has three). The third camera missing is not the only thing missing from the rear of the device with the fingerprint sensor appearing to be located in-display — as suggested by the logo on the front of the display. Something else that is lacking from the phone is a notch. Gone is the notch, replaced with a peep-hole in the display for the front facing camera. Where the sensors are is unknown but it is possible they are also located under the display.
The last two years OnePlus have taken a large amount of inspiration from the OPPO early year flagship for the design of their first flagship of the year. It then stands to reason that OnePlus could well indeed be using this design for the OnePlus 7. If OnePlus did this it would most definitely make their flagship a very compelling device.
Having used the OPPO Find X for the past few days (stay tuned for me eating a small slice of humble pie in the next couple of days) I can say that OPPO are way ahead of the game with their hardware innovation. Their willingness to continue to innovate will bring the smartphone industry into a new evolution in my opinion. Of course it is a bit strange to see such an official render appear what is likely to be five months out from the announcement so take your usual helping of salt with this leak.
Imagine a Find X or this R19 with OnePlus software on it? Can you say perfect phone? What are your thoughts?