Oppo claims new battery tech charges a phone from flat to full in 15 minutes

The Chinese company also talks up a new image stabilisation technology located on the camera's sensor -- rather than the lens. Both will soon be featured on upcoming phones.

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It's probably faster to charge this phone than drain it dry thanks to Oppo's new battery tech.

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With no new phones to show off at Mobile World Congress this year, Oppo focused on two new technologies that could make using its upcoming phones much easier.

The first, called SuperVOOC, is a fast battery charging technology that gets your phone from 0 to 100 percent charge in a mere 15 minutes, Oppo claims. The second, called SmartSensor, builds image stabilisation into the camera sensor, instead of the usual lens-based method.

These innovations will likely come as no surprise for fans of the Chinese electronics maker. The company has a reputation for delivering cool features in its products. Oppo's smartphones, such as the Oppo N1 and N3 with their rotating cameras, have always offered consumers something different.

Oppo says its new technologies will be featured on its upcoming phone, though no other details have yet been disclosed.

Charging ahead

SuperVOOC was really impressive. In a demo I saw here, a phone went from 5 percent to fully charged in a matter of minutes. If you're worried that charging a battery that quickly could be unsafe, Oppo says it uses a low-voltage pulse charging algorithm and a custom "super" 2,500mAh battery that regulates the electric current for a safe charging experience. The company says it has 18 patents pending for this tech.

As for the SmartSensor, the company is trying to eliminate blur caused by your hand shaking. This new tiny sensor has a voltage-driven microelectromechanical system built in to absorb shock. Capable of anti-shake compensation on three axes, Oppo says it's better and faster than comparable lens-based two-axis systems.

We're checking with Oppo as to when you can see this new technology in upcoming phones, and will update if we find out more. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the news from Mobile World Congress 2016 here in Barcelona.