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Oppo Find X3 to come with new camera, display technologies that change how you see colours digitally

Oppo has announced that its upcoming Find X3 smartphones will come with the new colour management system for the camera, storage, and display.

twitter-logoShubham Verma | November 18, 2020 | Updated 11:11 IST

Highlights

  • Oppo has introduced the Full-path Color Management System for Find X3.
  • This technology will bring the DCI-P3 gamut and 10-bit to all components.
  • The camera, storage, and the display will also show a photo in a single colour format.

Oppo Find X3 will be the next generation of flagship devices that the Chinese company will unveil early next year. But Oppo is giving us an early glimpse at what we can expect from Find X3. Among some of the latest top-of-the-line specifications that the Find X3 will feature, its display and camera are in for a major overhaul. Oppo has announced full DCI-P3 wide colour gamut and 10-bit colour depth support across device's functionalities, including capture, store, and display. Oppo calls this technology, the Full-path Color Management System.

If this all is too full of jargon, let me simplify what Oppo is going for with this new technology. Your phone uses a standard to transfer the colour information from a camera lens to the phone storage to the display when you click a photo, save it instantly, and view on the phone's display. But it is common that you see several changes to how some object is in reality. Maybe the size gets decreased due to the type of lens being used, maybe there are grains in the photo as a result of a bad image processing, and finally, maybe the colours look either oversaturated or too dull. The last one happens because there are different standards that each component follows, of course, apart from the lens quality, which is another topic for another day.

Now what Oppo is doing here is giving a uniform standard to all of these components. The DCI-P3 is a colour space that encompasses a wide range of colours, some of them being extraordinarily present over other RGB colour spaces. This colour gamut is present in high-quality cameras, some premium televisions, and the displays of expensive smartphones or tablets. Not just this colour space but Oppo is also going for the high-quality 10-bit colour reproduction on all of its components, which include the camera, the storage, and the display. The 10-bit on the Oppo Find X3 will be different from other smartphones, the company claims, because mostly the phones use 8-bit+2-bit or 8-bit+FRC standards, which give a 10-bit-like output on an 8-bit panel.

The Oppo Find X2, which was launched earlier this year, uses the same 8-bit+2-bit system for colour decoding but the company is making the switch to the original 10-bit system for colour management on its upcoming Find X3. For colour calibration, the company has said it will be boosting the accuracy of colours with a lower JNCD, short for Just Noticeable Colour Difference, ratio to 0.4. This would ensure that different colours blend in too well without being noticeable on the display. This is how the colours shift on the display.

Oppo has also said that because it is upgrading the colour management system on the upcoming Find X3, it had to improve the storage format to 10-bit HEIF system for capture and storage. The company says it had to rewrite the entire system because of the 8-bit system that the HEIF was previously based on. There will also be a new Color Correction Solution 2.0 for letting you correct colours in accessibility settings.

Since the colour management system across three components: camera, storage, and display, will be the same, the DCI-P3 gamut along with the 10-bit colour system will be retained throughout the relay of colour information on the Find X3, making it one of the best devices to view digital colours on. Although this technology might be limited to Oppo's device only because no other device offers this kind of colour management system. So when you transfer a photo to other devices that do not support the 10-bit system, the colours on the photo will seem different.

The Oppo Find X3 is expected to arrive next year as the successor to the Find X2, however, a launch date is not available yet. Oppo will share more details later.

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