There have been a couple of rather exciting launches recently of smartphones with extremely good cameras tacked on. Let’s all remember the Nokia Lumia 1020, finally bringing the PureView oversampling technology to the Windows Phone world, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, which comes with optical zoom and looks (and basically is) like a point-and-shoot camera glued to a midrange Android smartphone.
Those two may be the kings of the camera phones for their respective mobile operating systems, but a challenger is being worked on by Oppo. You may consider this pretty unexpected, but it’s happening.
It (or the camera itself, it’s not 100% clear unfortunately) will be called N-lens. The first two leaked renders showing the Oppo N-lens have made their way onto the Chinese side of the Internet. They both only show the back of the device, but with a camera-centric handset that’s the most important part anyway.
As you can see, the Oppo N-lens seems to have a Xenon flash (just like the two competitors we talked about earlier), and a 12 MP sensor. That is small in terms of resolution compared to the Lumia 1020′s 41 MP or the Galaxy S4 Zoom’s 16 MP, but apparently it will be optimized for great shots in low-light. Of course, nowadays every phone maker out there claims great low-light pictures, and when it comes to actual performance things are very different.
Unfortunately there are no other details about the Oppo N-lens for now, except that it could end up costing around $480 unlocked. If it’s also going to be high-end in terms of specs other than the camera, then the pricing seems incredibly decent. We’ll let you know when we find out more.