Oppo Enhances Selfie-Awe With AI

While Artificial Intelligence (AI) is receiving quite a bit of flack from all over the world in the last few weeks or so, potential users of a certain mobile device cannot wait to mine its benefits. Oppo mobiles were not only the first to take AI potential seriously by according its selfie feature with such in F5, it further cements such commitment by infusing its latest device, F7, with machine learning.

 

In order to do so thoroughly, they have sought the aid of Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. That they are serious in exploring AI on its own right can be understood from a just established OPPO-Stanford Collaboration Lab to be utilized for that particular agenda. Furthermore, they have also tied up with SenseTime, a Chinese deep learning platform developer and presently the world’s most valuable artificial intelligence start-up, which has developed the most advanced facial recognition technology for photo analysis and payments.  To match the workload, they got MediaTek on board which has recently unveiled the MediaTek Helio P60 system-on-chip (SoC), the first SoC platform featuring a multi-core AI processing unit (mobile APU) and MediaTek’s NeuroPilot AI technology. Crowning their work-motto, “Quality is the dignity of the product”, as Will Yang, Brand Director, Oppo put it; they mentioned at the recent launch that they already have 370 patents on AI-related technology and would soon have 20,522 patents in the smartphone domain. Incidentally, their general forward-looking momentum is fortified by their partnering with Qualcomm for jointly taking the next ‘G’ leap, that is, the impending 5G broadband cellular network technology.

 

So much about the ‘readers’, what about the ‘feeders’?  Cosmetically termed, AI Beauty 2.0 Technology, purporting to be a ‘Personal Beauty Artist’, the software is paired with a high-resolution 25 MP front camera fueled by real-time High Dynamic Range (HDR) 576 sensor. This sensor-strength is a first for mobiles in India, thus any snap evinced through it will bear a higher range of details, luminescence and colour levels – be it favourable ambience (bright sunshine) or shade – that is, carry more ‘information’ than so far possible for a handheld communication device. Basically, F7 is a very good quality digital camera that can take calls!

 

In effect, selfie clickers can get the actual portrayal that they see in the preview. It also comes with improved age and gender beautification effects. That improvement is possible due to the autonomously structured Oppo beauty laboratory comprising consultants, engineers, designers, photographers, supermodels and not the least, of course, the technologists. It extends their AI – everywhere, everyone, criteria.

An important aspect of any advanced AI is the structure of the algorithm that one is going to assign for data mining and the choice of sub-layers. Utilizing the now powerful analysts, AI Beauty 2.0 technology scans an unprecedented 296 facial recognition points, a 20% improvement on their previous model. Eyes are found to be the central focus – a key and deciding factor – for selfies. So by adding more feature spots to the ocular zone, F7 cameras can extract a more subtle and natural tone. Then the face is segregated by understanding a real-life problem – the dreaded T-Zone. Dedicated sensors study the details of the forehead-nose, eye-zone and U-zone (cheeks with skin) to settle on an agreeable reproduction. Again, most think of concentrating on the face alone but if the arms and necks don’t match up with the worked upon beautification the resultant image will illicit sniggers rather than the sought upon appreciation. F7 has sensors to factor such data as well and it even takes into account a person’s age, gender, skin colour and skin type which it then corresponds with about 8 million beauty effects database to construct the final image. Such individual beautification can be incidental on up to four individual subjects at a time. In keeping with making the device smarter, the AI is programmed to memorize user habit and the phone is capable of creating customized solutions automatically to the album’s photos by remembering the most frequently used edits made to corresponding pictures.

Since the phones are increasingly favoured for its photography features, this one, which can activated with a single voice command, will be even more so as it allows you to shoot in Vivid Mode whereby although one can switch the colour saturation to scale-up the liveliness of the background the foreground – the face – remains protected, preventing it from being ruined by spots or blotches. A deft hand can produce a selfie akin to a cover shot on a glossy magazine. Still more fun can be yours if you cannot resist the temptation of AR (Augmented Reality) Stickers – cute animal or a movie star like features – before dispatching them for some social-media adulation.

 

Oppo has incorporated Google Assistant for the first time and Multitasking technology, the first in the industry with hand gesture operations, is quite potent. It also voiced its ambitions of entering European markets later this year.

To round off, F7 has what Oppo calls a 6.23” Super full screen 2.0, with a 19:9 aspect ratio IPS panel having a sleek 89.09% screen to body ratio and a screen resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. This 158 grams phone equipped with the latest 64-bit 4GB Octa-core processor and based on Android 8.1, ColorOS 5.0 can runs 80% faster than its predecessor under multi-app usages, additionally, allocating appropriate power on an operational pattern to extend battery life.

Available from this April 9, the 64GB+4GB RAM priced at 21,990 INR can be picked up both online and offline stores Solar Red, Moonlight Silver and Diamond Black while the special edition, 128GB+6GB RAM model which comes in Solar Red and Diamond Black is priced at 26,990 INR.

GB RAM model which comes in Solar Red and Diamond Black is priced at 26,990 INR.

– Sudipto Mullick

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