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Monster Android phone takes 50MP pictures with a twist

Published Mar 19th, 2014 6:30AM EDT
Oppo Find 7 Specs, Release Date and Price

Oppo on Wednesday took the wraps off its latest creation, the Find 7 Android smartphone that was spotted in many leaks before the official announcement. One of the recent Find 7 reports said the phone can take 50-megapixel photos, an impressive feature for a smartphone, but it turns out the device doesn’t actually have a 50-megapixel sensor on board.

Instead, it’s all possible thanks to software tricks, as the sensor on the phone is actually a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 CMOS. If that sounds familiar, that’s because it’s the exact same sensor that OnePlus announced for its One smartphone a few days ago. Pure Image 2.0 is the name of the software that makes 50-megapixel shots possible, Engadget reports. The camera takes 10 consecutive shots very quickly and then combines the best four into a 50-megapixel image. The main camera of the handset also supports 4K video recording.

Other Find 7 specs include a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with QHD resolution (2560 x 1440) and 538 pixel per inch (ppi) ratio, 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, microSD support up to 128GB, 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE, Wi-Fi ac, 3000mAh battery and Color OS 1.2 based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. This is the premium Find 7 version that will cost $599.

The more affordable model – dubbed as Find 7a or Find 7 Lite – will have a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 1080p display, 16GB of storage and 2800mAh battery, and will cost $499.

Other interesting technologies found aboard the Find 7 phones include MaxxAudio and Dirac HD sound and VOOC rapid battery charging that will charge up to 75% of the battery in half an hour. Also interesting is the build quality of the phone – the Find 7 has five layers of thermal protective coating and a solid titanium-aluminum alloy frame crafted with nano-injection molding.

Limited Find 7 stock will be available starting with April, although the phones should hit various markets in May or June.

More Find 7 images and a video follow below.

Chris Smith Senior Writer

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