The OPPO F7 is scheduled for an unveiling in India on March 26, and it will likely be the first time the upcoming smartphone hits the stage to make an official appearance with a full feature list in tow.
Not that we haven’t seen promotional images of the F7 elsewhere before. OPPO has been busy with teasers — both in the Philippines and in the subcontinent — lately. Three days ago, promotional ads featuring celebrity love team JoshLia — or Joshua Garcia and Julia Barretto — were spotted at places like SM Novaliches. And the other day, we saw this storefront fixture inside the OPPO store at SM Megamall.
However, this latest leak threatens to spoil the excitement for those outside the company. Alleged official training materials that detail the phone’s specs and key selling points have been posted online. The documents are believed to have been leaked from OPPO’s Indian office.
To our knowledge, this is the biggest and most comprehensive information leak so far. And everything you’d want to know about the OPPO F7 is possibly in the documents, including the chipset.
The chip in question, according to the training material, is a MediaTek Helio P60. It is built on a 12nm process to “improve performance while reducing power consumption.” By contrast, most mid-tier phones today are based on 14nm and 16nm products like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and HiSilicon Kirin 659.
Another notable aspect of the P60 is that it has dedicated AI hardware for machine learning and AI applications. In a press statement that was posted in February 2018, MediaTek said that the P60 promises “flagship features like deep-learning facial detection, object and scene identification, fluid gaming experiences, and smarter camera functions.”
This makes it all the more likely that, as noted in the documents, OPPO’s main focus on the F7 is artificial intelligence and how it will influence the device’s daily usability. The rear camera, for example, will make use of AI to distinguish between the subject and background while adding a bokeh effect. A form of automatic scene detection could be coming to the F7 as well. Face unlock, on the other hand, might get the “lift to unlock” feature seen on the Apple iPhone X.
The OPPO F7 is reportedly powered by a MediaTek Helio P60, which is built on a 12nm process. By contrast, most mid-tier phones today are based on 14nm and 16nm products. The P60 has dedicated AI hardware, so the F7’s focus is most likely artificial intelligence and how it will influence the device’s daily usability.
Powering the F7 is a 3,400mAh battery that is quoted to provide 15 hours of gaming on a single charge. The phone is also believed to sport a 6.2-inch notched display with a full-HD resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels for an aspect ratio of 19:9. A 25-megapixel selfie camera is built into the notch located at the top of the screen.
OPPO will hold a launch event for the Indian market in a few days. We don’t have to wait long to see if these documents are the real deal then.
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