Chinese smartphone maker Oppo has developed 10x zoom functionality, potentially integrating it into its upcoming F19 flagship smartphone’s camera as the company pushes to improve the fidelity of its imaging technology.

Oppo will use its hybrid zoom technology, which utilizes the smartphone’s three rear cameras to create higher quality zoomed images. Hybrid systems use software as well as multiple cameras with varying focal lengths to build an image that preserves fine details at a distance.

Current smartphones on the market feature up to 5x hybrid zoom though vendors including Huawei also have plans for 10x hybrid zoom capabilities. A higher number allows for increased zoom capabilities.

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Jill Shen

Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen