If you ask me, the state of smartphones is in stagnation. Manufactures are slimming down bezels, curving screens, adding notches, and now, trying to hide their cameras. All this in an attempt to find the next big thing. The Oppo Find X is the latest smartphone that is grabbing the spotlight with a unique motorized camera system.
The Oppo Find X itself is a beautiful piece of hardware and I admit the motorized camera is pretty slick. Check it out for yourself as The Verge’s Dan Seifert got some hands-on time with the device.
Okay, so first let’s mention what this phone has going for it. This thing is packing in a 6.4″ OLED 1080p display into an impossibly small body. It has a 25-megapixel front-facing camera, 3D facial scanning system, and 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear camera. The other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, 8GB of RAM, 3,730mAh battery and up to 256GB of storage.
The Oppo Find X isn’t the first phone with a pop-up camera. The Vivo NEX has a similar feature although much less elaborate. These designs are emerging because of some consumer backlash over the current notch-design some OEM’s are adopting. That being said, there’s no doubt that the Find X is a beautiful phone with a unique feature. Hit the source link to check out The Verge’s gallery.
But here’s my problem with it. There’s a lot that could potentially break in that motorized camera system.
Not only have you introduced mechanical parts that have a potential to break but you have a new place for dust and dirt to gather. Some of that dust can be small enough to encroach into the small spaces needed for the camera system to operate. This could lead to these small pieces of debris lodging themselves into the motors and potentially damaging them. There is also the potential for microscopic debris to scratch the glass over the cameras. Not to mention water and moisture which substantially increase the potential for breakage.
I would be interested to see just how well the Oppo Find X will stand up over time given all of the potential problems it might encounter. It will also be interesting to see how phone case manufacturers tackle the motorized camera system. The phone will be available here in North America, a first for Oppo although their sister company One Plus does already sell in North America. Pricing is not available and The Verge reports that Oppo is working on a carrier deal but no solid details have been revealed.
The Oppo Find X is certainly an interesting phone and it’s very nicely designed. But I still see a potential for a fair amount of units to suffer malfunctions, breakage, and other issues with the motorized camera system. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t want to try it out and only time will tell if the Find X will have any issues.
What do you think? Do you think the motorized system could suffer some issues with dust, dirt, and moisture? Or do you think Oppo engineered the Find X with those things in mind? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: The Verge