Oppo has held its second annual “Inno Day,” an occasion the place it exhibits off merchandise in idea kind and units out its imaginative and prescient for the longer term. Headlining this yr is a smartphone with an expandable “rolling” display and a brand new set of AR glasses.
The Oppo X 2021 is an idea telephone that the corporate says is the results of its analysis and growth versatile shows. In common smartphone use the OLED show has a 6.7-inch floor space, however that may be expanded to a squarer, tablet-like 7.4-inch panel relying on the content material or use case.
Oppo says it developed its personal energy prepare, structural plate, and display laminate to make sure the machine’s sturdiness. You’ll be able to see the way it works from the entrance right here:
And right here’s what it seems like across the again:
Oppo isn’t the primary firm to hit on this concept for a kind issue. TCL confirmed off the same prototype earlier this yr, though the mannequin we noticed in particular person was nonfunctional and solely had a paper display. Oppo, nonetheless, is a way more skilled smartphone producer with entry to a massively superior provide chain, and it does have kind releasing bizarre telephones with motorized designs, so possibly this can really make it to market sooner or later. LG has additionally teased the same machine.
The opposite new idea product introduced in the present day is Oppo AR Glass 2021, the corporate’s newest tackle augmented actuality wearables. Oppo says it’s practically 75 % lighter than its predecessor — which was additionally an idea machine finally yr’s Inno Day — and makes use of birdbath-type optics with 0.71-inch OLED panels.
The glasses embrace stereo fisheye cameras for gesture recognition, a time-of-flight sensor, and a traditional RGB digital camera. They can be attached on to a Discover X2 Professional telephone with a USB-C cable to utilize its larger processing energy.
Right here’s what they appear like:
When will any of those merchandise make it out of Oppo’s labs — or will they ever? Who is aware of. The concept of demonstrating idea gadgets in a world the place no-one can see them in particular person does land slightly flat. However final yr’s Inno Day included the primary information on Oppo’s first smartwatch, which did come out this yr, in addition to a 30W quick wi-fi charging system that Oppo itself overtook in a matter of months.