Updated: A previous version of this post stated that Xiaomi and OPPO smartphones may feature facial recognition technology as early as March or April 2019. The technology actually might be available in March or April 2018. 

Chinese smartphone maker OPPO has revealed that its high-end flagship smartphones are coming back. The flagship series has been silent for years and the comeback will be headed by Find 9.

What is interesting about the launch is that the new flagship may come with Super VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging) flash technology, according to local media speculation (in Chinese). The Super VOOC is capable of recharging a 2,500 mAh battery in just 15 minutes. It can also charge a battery to about 45% in just 5 minutes. The charging technology was showcased during Mobile World Congress in February 2016 and after almost two years, it is believed that OPPO has improved the technology. If Find 9 can integrate Super VOOC it will no doubt spark attention.

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Masha Borak

Masha Borak is a technology reporter based in Beijing. Write to her at masha.borak [at] technode.com. Pitches with the word "disruptive" will be ignored. Read a good book - learn some more adjectives.