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Oppo will show off a 10x optical zoom smartphone camera at MWC

OPPO Find X (Image credit: Android Central)

Mobile World Congress will be here before you know it, and as with every year, we're expecting to see a lot of exciting new innovations for the world of mobile tech. With a little over a month to go before the convention, Oppo has confirmed it'll use the event to show off its new 10x optical zoom camera for smartphones.

The camera will start out with an ultra-wide angle view of 15.9mm and can zoom all the way in for a telephoto-like shot of 159mm.

Oppo's claiming that the image quality will be "lossless" no matter how much you zoom, but as we've seen with phones like the LG V40 that offer additional wide-angle and telephoto lenses, there's usually still some degradation in photo quality compared to the main sensor.

It's possible that Oppo really has found a way to make the quality truly lossless, but I suppose we'll have to wait for MWC before making any judgments for ourselves.

Furthermore, it's unclear if this 10x optical zoom package will be shown on a working smartphone or just as a prototype. Oppo showed off something similar at MWC 2017 with a 5x camera system, and while that was demoed as a prototype then, Oppo says it's now finally ready for mass production.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.