The hardware addition would unlock much greater zoom flexibility compared to existing OnePlus phones. The company’s current flagship, the OnePlus 11, can reach a peek optical zoom of only 2x. This is unremarkable when compared to its competition in 2023.
Periscope lenses achieve their better zoom performance by bending light as it comes into the image sensor. The result is an amplification, and, therefore optical zoom range, far exceeding that of traditional telephoto lenses.
It’s unclear whether the first periscope-equipped OnePlus phone might arrive in the form of a “OnePlus 11T,” a “11 Pro”, a “12,” or some other smartphone entirely.