Earlier today, OPPO hosted its annual INNO Day event, where the technology company unveiled its latest concept products as its vision of an integrated future, including a smartphone with a rollable screen and AR glasses, both of which were hinted at by an official teaser poster.
OPPO X 2021
The OPPO X 2021 is a rollable concept phone that, as the name suggests, boasts a flexible OLED display that measures as small as 6.7 inches and as large as 7.4 inches. To make the concept possible, OPPO has developed a proprietary Roll Motor powertrain, a 2-in-1 plate that supports the rollable panel with no segment gaps, and a Warp Track high-strength screen laminate that allows the display to extend and retract “with no hard folding involved.”
At last! A working rollable/slide-out smartphone prototype, courtesy of @oppo! Watching the screen grow in those hands is like magic! https://t.co/dY6NxgCY18 #oppoinnoday2020 #oppo #oppox2021 #rollablephone #slideoutphone pic.twitter.com/UGURUiy7kZ— Richard Lai (@richardlai) November 17, 2020
The OPPO X 2021 in action
The custom powertrain features two drive motors, and OPPO claims this design ensures the screen will not be damaged after a sudden pull or push. Meanwhile, the 2-in-1 plate comprises two support substrates on either side of the device to keep the unrolled display smooth with zero segment gap.
The manufacturer says that during the development of the OPPO X 2021, it applied for 122 patents — 12 of which relate to the concept phone’s rollable mechanism.
6.7 inches, 7.4 inches, or somewhere in between?
Unlike devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Huawei Mate Xs that have foldable displays with fixed sizes, OPPO’s rollable concept handset will allow users to adjust the size of the screen between 6.7 and 7.4 inches, which could open up more possibilities for productivity and entertainment.
Hopefully, we’ll see this innovation in action in a commercial smartphone sooner rather than later.
OPPO AR Glass 2021
The other major hardware announcement of the day comes in the form of the OPPO AR Glass 2021, the company’s second AR smart glasses that improves on its predecessor in terms of wearing experience, optical and interactive functions, and content ecosystem. It comes in a new split design that OPPO says is compact and nearly 75% lighter than the original, making it more comfortable to wear for extended periods.
Meet the OPPO AR Glass 2021
The AR Glass 2021 can be connected to the OPPO Find X2 Pro via a USB-C cable, and doing so will improve its CPU and GPU performance by up to 40%. It also uses a birdbath-type optical solution that, compared with the previous model, improves contrast by 53%, brightness by 98%, and pixels per degree by 40%. It has built-in speakers and a 0.71-inch OLED screen that is said to deliver an experience equivalent to watching a 90-inch screen from three meters away.
OPPO’s AR Glass 2021 also supports gesture and voice controls, as well as AR gaming and video streaming for both online and local content. Of course, the AR smart glasses will natively support the newly unveiled OPPO CybeReal AR app.
The big software announcement at OPPO INNO Day 2020 is OPPO CybeReal, an AR application powered by real-time spatial-calculation technology, which allows for precise location tracking and scene recognition using GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular network information.
OPPO CybeReal works by building a digital-twin world for high-precision localization. It will rely on OPPO Cloud storage, computing and data transmission capabilities for its high accuracy. #OPPOINNODAY20 pic.twitter.com/EWXfgxSi5E— OPPO (@oppo) November 17, 2020
OPPO CybeReal is an AR application powered by real-time spatial-calculation tech
In other words, the app lets you recreate seamless virtual environments that react to your every move. Its practical applications include virtual at-home shopping experiences and product demonstrations that trump the experience of simply seeing a video or picture online.
When you think about it, it all sounds a bit too sci-fi-ish, but thanks to recent advancements in smartphone hardware and wireless connectivity, AR is no longer stuff of science fiction. The genuine utility of AR is here, and it’s only going to get bigger.
Video: OPPO INNO Day 2020 keynote, in case you didn’t catch the livestream
OPPO INNO Day 2020 press release
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