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Oppo to reach the U.S. markets by the end of 2016

Oppo R9

Oppo R9

Chinese manufacturer #Oppo has reportedly planned to foray into the American market by the end of 2016. This means we can see an announcement coming through by the next few weeks. Oppo follows hot on the heels of LeEco which recently marked its official entry to the U.S. Oppo is seemingly looking to bring performance oriented camera phones to the market, which has been its key strength in the Asian markets as well.

Since we only have preliminary word from a news outlet, there’s still no information on what devices the company plans to bring to the market. But we expect the company to leave no stone unturned to make its American venture a big success. Oppo is known for its feature rich budget offerings, so we should see some decent handsets for the American consumers. Do you welcome the addition of a new Chinese player in the American smartphone segment?

Source: Digitimes

Via: Pocketnow

OnePlus 3 to come with Oppo’s fast charging technology

OnePlus 2 Official

According to a new report, the #OnePlus3 will come with a fast charging battery. This technology was first spotted on an #Oppo device and will supposedly make its way to the new OnePlus flagship as well. The technology we’re talking about here is Super VOOC Flash Charge, which allows the device to get fully charged in 15 minutes.

Given that Oppo and OnePlus are known to have a familiar relationship, this doesn’t particularly surprise us. However, it will be interesting to see if this actually ends up on the OnePlus 3 or if it simply remains yet another rumor. The handset has already made it through Chinese certification listings with this particular feature on board, so this could pretty much act as confirmation at this point.

However, we’re going to take this with a grain of salt until OnePlus makes things official. The handset has already made its way to the benchmarks and is expected to be revealed by July or August this year.

Source: Gizmo China

Via: Techno Buffalo

Oppo R9 and R9 Plus feature 16MP selfie cameras

Oppo R9

Oppo R9

Selfies have become an integral part of the smartphone experience of late. This has been taken to the next level by Chinese manufacturer #Oppo with the release of the #R9 and the #R9Plus. The two devices come with 16-megapixel front facing cameras and an aperture size of f/2.0, which makes it a pretty capable selfie camera.

As for the other features of the two smartphones, the Oppo R9 Plus packs a larger 6-inch 1080p display, while the standard R9 comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display on board. There are some other key differences in the hardware, which we’re listing out below.

Oppo R9 Camera

The Oppo R9 comes with a 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6755 chipset underneath, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a 2,850 mAh battery.

Oppo R9 -1

The R9 Plus, however, packs the octa-core Snapdragon 652 SoC, 4GB of RAM, 64 or 128GB of internal storage (expandable), a 16-megapixel rear camera, Android 5.1 Lollipop and a massive 4,120 mAh battery.

Source: Oppo

Via: Techno Buffalo

[Deal] Oppo R7, R7 Plus and N3 selling with a $100 discount this Black Friday

Oppo R7

Oppo R7

Not left behind by the myriad of promos and discounts announced by other manufacturers, Chinese OEM #Oppo has now announced its Black Friday promotions for American customers. Starting midnight today (Eastern Time), the company will offer the #OppoR7, the #R7Plus as well as the N3 smartphones with a $100 discount.

The discounted prices of the handsets are as follows:

  • Oppo R7 – $299
  • Oppo R7 Plus – $399
  • Oppo N3 – $549

To make the deal even sweeter, the company will offer a selfie stick for free with the R7 and the R7 Plus smartphones, so selfie fans are surely bound to be excited here. The deals are valid from the company’s official site and will be running until 2:59 (EST) on November 28, so you don’t have much time to make up your mind.

All three handsets are an excellent value for the aforementioned prices and the company will hope to strike a chord with the American audience with this new deal. You can find the complete details on the deal from the link below.

Source: Oppo

Via: GSM Arena

Oppo announces the Mirror 5s, a mid-range Android 5.1 smartphone


Oppo has announced a new addition to its well-designed smartphone lineup in the form of the Mirror 5s. The name of the device comes from the mirror-like design on its back – Oppo says the back is built around a metal frame and won’t break as easily as one would expect. It doesn’t look like the rear panel is made out of glass though, so it’s likely the in-hand feel won’t be as premium as flagship smartphones. (more…)

Chinese authorities call out Samsung and Oppo for having too many preinstalled apps

Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Oppo and Samsung have just been pulled up by a Chinese consumer rights authority over preinstalling too many apps with their smartphones out of the box. The Galaxy Note 3 from 2013 and the Oppo Find 7 from last year are the devices in question.

The authorities found that the Galaxy Note 3 (SN-N9008S) had 40 apps that couldn’t be removed by the users, while the Find 7 (X9007) had 70 applications that were non-removable. It is also alleged by the officials that some of these apps can even steal data from the users. So the two companies will have some tough questions to answer.

The authorities have asked the two companies to inform users about the memory usage from these apps and also offer a convenient way to uninstall them if they’re not interested in having them. In about two weeks from now, this case will go to trial and the two companies will need to respond by then or face strong penalties.

What do you make of these allegations?

Source: IBTimes

Via: Phone Arena

Oppo R7 available for pre-order in the U.S.

Oppo R7

Oppo R7

American customers usually don’t get much love from Chinese OEMs, as their devices are usually limited to a specific demographic. However, Oppo has been one of the rare exceptions to this and has sold its handsets in the U.S. through their global online store.

The company has now announced that the freshly unveiled Oppo R7 handset will also be available with the pre-order going live today. It will start shipping out sometime in early July, according to the Chinese manufacturer.

The company is asking for $399 from the device and has free shipping included. To make the deal even sweeter, the company is offering a pair of iLike Speed Metal headphones for free along with the Oppo R7. There is a caveat involved in getting the Oppo R7 though. One of them is the fact that it doesn’t officially support GSM 4G LTE bands in the U.S., so the customers will have to settle for 3G HSPA+ instead.

The handset comes with a 5 inch 1080 AMOLED display, an octa core Snapdragon 615 SoC, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), a 13-megapixel camera on the back, an 8-megapixel front facing camera, Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Color OS and a 2,320 mAh battery.

One of the key selling points of this smartphone is that it packs a body which is just 6.3mm thick, making this quite an exciting prospect, especially given the price. Head over to the link below to pre-order the Oppo R7 for yourself.

Source: OppoStyle

Via: Phone Arena

Best ultra-low-cost Chinese smartphones readily available stateside

Contracts are so 2010. Nowadays, it’s all about the unlocked and prepaid gear. It’s just far more convenient that way, not to mention oftentimes cheaper, at least over the long haul.


T-Mobile is climbing the US carrier (or rather “Uncarrier”) ranks thanks to its lauded no-contract Value Plans, Motorola has reclaimed a lot of its lost mojo with advantageous G and E phones requiring no lengthy network agreements, while Miami-based handheld manufacturer BLU is the new self-proclaimed “market leader in unlocked devices in the United States”.

But perhaps the companies that have the most to gain from the rise in popularity of unlocked smartphones and abrupt fall of traditional 24-month-tied-up mobiles are the low-cost Chinese OEMs otherwise unable to cater to Western audiences.

For reasons that need a separate 1000-word piece explanation, Huawei, Lenovo, ZTE, Meizu, Gionee, Xiaomi, Oppo and so on and so forth can’t rely on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint or even T-Mobile to increase their reach. Not directly.


And so, they’re forced to go their own way, set up proprietary American shops or simply distribute their bang for buck champions via alternative retail channels such as Amazon or eBay. Of course, there are a number of exceptions to the rule, particularly in Huawei and ZTE’s camps, but for the most part, the Tributes and Avails sold through AT&T look like relics of time past compared to current high-enders and mid-rangers.

Bottom line, your best ultra-affordable yet respectable Android-powered Chinese bets are these top-selling Amazon items:

Meizu MX4 – $290

Since when does almost 300 bucks qualify for “ultra-affordable?” Since what you’re getting in exchange for the three Benjamins are Samsung Galaxy S6-rivaling specifications. Yes, really. Okay, so the 5.36-inch 1,920 x 1,152 screen produces 418 ppi pixel density, which is no match for GS6’s record-setting 577 ppi count.

Meizu MX4

Also, MX4’s pre-loaded Flyme 4.0 software is based on a dated iteration of Android – 4.4 KitKat. But then you get a mind-blowing 20.7 MP rear camera with dual-LED, octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6595 processor (clocked at up to 2.2 GHz), 2 plentiful gigs of RAM and, above all, a beautiful, near-borderless frame. Basically, all the makings of a true flagship at less than half the price.

Gionee Elife E7 – $214

Speaking of “true” flagships, the E7 no doubt fitted the description as well… back in 2013, when it was launched. Today? It’s still a solid contender, and it’s cheaper than ever before, which should make up for the fact it never got a KitKat update, let alone Lollipop goodies.


Hardware-wise, you can’t do much better than quad-core Snapdragon 800 and 3 GB RAM at a little over 200 clams. The Full HD 5.5-inch IPS panel is also all it could be, and the 16 and 8 MP cameras are standout performers by any standards. Why is Gionee a brand largely unknown outside of its homeland and India again?

Meizu M1 Note – $209

A second Meizu already? Maybe the media should reconsider Xiaomi’s “Apple of China” nickname. Of course, Meizu is no Apple when it comes to greed, pricing a big-battery, Full HD 5.5 incher with octa-core punch at the equivalent of an iPod Touch.

Meizu M1 Note

Despite what the name suggests, stylus support isn’t a part of the deal. IGZO screen frugality is however, plus 3,140 mAh juice, KitKat-forked software, 2 GB RAM, microSD capabilities, as well as 13 and 5 MP camera muscle.

ZTE Nubia Z5S mini – $200

Don’t let the “mini” moniker fool you. This splendid 4.7 incher isn’t diminutive by any stretch of the imagination, with 720p IGZO glass in tow, “mainstream” quad-core Snapdragon 400 power, 2 GB RAM, 13 MP/5 MP cameras, microSD and DTS sound enhancements.

ZTE Nubia Z5S Mini

Oh, and did we mention the black-and-white handheld tips the scales at 118 grams while only measuring 8.6 mm thick? Too bad it’s on Jelly Bean, and the battery is quite small, at 2,000 mAh. But boy, you’ll look good whipping this puppy out of your trou pocket.

Huawei Ascend P6 – $179

Familiar with the expression “oldie but goldie”? Huawei sure is, refusing to discontinue this iPhone 5-mimicking two-year-old despite most of its specs going out of fashion recently. Well, not the 2 GB RAM. Nor the 5 MP selfie-friendly cam.

Huawei Ascend P6

As for the 6.2 mm slim aluminum skeleton, we hope it never goes out of style. It’s one of those timeless things, like Bob Dylan music or denim jeans.

Lenovo Golden Warrior S8 – $147

Look out, Moto G and E, a “golden warrior” is making a move for your US no-contract low-cost throne. A large, uber-stylish, relatively sharp, respectably powerful soldier with decidedly impressive 13 and 5 MP cameras.


At 5.3 inches in diagonal, 146 grams in weight and 7.9 mm in waist, the S8 certainly stands out at a first glance and, as long as you don’t push it over the limit, the octa-core 1.4 GHz MediaTek chip should perform adequately. Once again, the greatest flaw is decrepit Jelly Bean software, alongside meager battery life. But at sub-$150, you can’t hope to have it all.

Huawei Honor 3C – $116

A phenomenally popular franchise in Asia, the Honor family has recently reached its fourth full generation, but thanks to a series of price cuts, the 3C remains in the spotlight too. Granted, the 2014 5 incher isn’t especially elegant, friendly to digital hoarders (only 8 gigs of base storage), or what you’d call a powerhouse, with a now humble Huawei-made Kirin 910 CPU inside.

Huawei Honor 3C

Then again, it packs 2 gigs of random-access memory, a whopper for this price range, sports an excellent 5-inch 720p display and “appropriate” 8 MP/5 MP cameras.

Lenovo A916 – $105

Seeing as how they own Motorola, it feels fitting to wrap up today’s list with Lenovo, always a name to be reckoned with in the budget-friendly landscape. As you might expect, the A916 cuts a number of corners to come so close to the magical number ($100), primarily in the build department. In other words, if you want something to endure and survive a few years of daily use, look elsewhere.

Lenovo A916

If you’re happy thinking about the “now”, you’ll be ecstatic to hear 105 bucks can buy you a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD screen, octa-core MediaTek heat, 13 MP dual-LED flash photography skills and 2,500 mAh energy. Talk about value for your money!

Oppo R1C with a sapphire display back goes official for $400

Oppo R1C

Oppo R1C

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled the R1C smartphone sporting a 5 inch display and a slim exterior. With a thickness of just 6.85mm, the R1C is easily one of the slimmest smartphones going around. But with a price tag of CNY 2,499 ($400) in China, the smartphone isn’t quite what you expect. Apart from the sleek form factor, the device also boasts of a sapphire glass back panel, which should make it immune from accidental drops or scratches.

The front packs a 5 inch display with a 720p resolution, while on the inside the R1C comes with an octa core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage (expandable), a 13-megapixel camera on the back, a 5-megapixel front camera, Android 4.4 KitKat based on the Oppo Color OS 2.0.1 and a 2,420 mAh battery.

The device also supports 4G LTE networks in the Asian markets. The smartphone is initially sold only in China with no word on global availability as of yet. Would you be interested in the Oppo R1C if it was available in your region?

Via: Gizmo China

Oppo unveils two new smartphones – the N3 with a motorized rear camera and the ultra-slim R5

Oppo N3

Oppo N3

Oppo has just announced the follow up to the Oppo N1 in the form of the N3. And unsurprisingly, the highlight of the device still remains the camera. But unlike the N1 where the camera on the back was manually rotatable, the N3 does it on its own thanks to a dedicated motor installed on the device. The company has used a 16-megapixel Schneider Kreuznach sensor here which is a significant improvement over the 13-megapixel snapper from the predecessor.

Oppo has been mindful of the overall size too as the smartphone now packs a 5.5 inch display (1080p) down from the 5.9 inch panel seen on the N1. Other specs include a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (expandable), Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 3,000 mAh battery. Oppo will price the device at $649 when it hits more than 20 countries by December.

Oppo R5


The Oppo R5 is a midrange packing a very slender exterior. The company claims that the device has a thickness of just 4.85mm, making it the thinnest smartphone going around. The handset comes with a 5.2 inch 1080p display, a 13-megapixel camera, a 5-megapixel front facing shooter, a quad core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon 615 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage (no microSD slot), a 2,000 mAh battery and Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The Oppo R5 will set you back by $499 and will see launch in multiple markets much like the N3.

Oppo R5 Side

Both smartphones are running the company’s Color OS 2.0 ROM based on Android 4.4, with no word on the Lollipop update yet. But considering Oppo’s history with updates, we won’t be holding our breath.

Leaked images of the Oppo N3 reveal a unique rotating camera

Oppo N3

Oppo N3

The Oppo N1 from last year was known for its unique rotating camera on the top which acted as a rear camera as well as a portrait camera whenever the users wanted. And just as the company is teasing the arrival of its successor, the Oppo N3, GSM Arena has managed to access some images of the smartphone giving us an idea of the new design.

At first glance, the device appears to have an odd shape on the top, especially given the placement of the camera. But it is clear that the company’s focus remains on the rotating camera even with the N3, which is good news for mobile shutterbugs. The design appears more ergonomic and will easily stand out from the crowd of smartphones that we see around us. There’s still no word on the display resolution or the size of the smartphone, but we should have more info on that by October when the company is expected to unveil the N3.

The handset also appears to have a thinner body compared to the predecessor. It will be interesting to see how the market reacts to a unique smartphone such as this.

Oppo N3 -1

What do you think of these leaked Oppo N3 renders? Sound off below.

Via: GSM Arena

Oppo N1 Mini could pack a 24MP UHD camera

Oppo N1 Mini


Oppo N1 Mini

Oppo has posted a teaser for the N1 Mini smartphone, with the camera being the focus of attention. Although the device is yet to go official, the company’s official Facebook page has the following to say – “Revolutionary 24 Mega Pixels Ultra HD Camera, Coming Soon!

That’s pretty self explanatory and the accompanying image is also photography centric with the camera viewfinder being displayed on the screen. The camera being mentioned here is apparently a 13-megapixel sensor from Sony which can take photos at 24-megapixels. The Oppo Find 7 has a similar camera, but it is capable of taking 50-megapixel shots. This feat is achieved thanks to the Super Zoom mode embedded in the software, which allows users to take gorgeous close and long range shots.

We’re yet to get an official word on when the N1 Mini will break cover, but it seems like we’re not too far away given that the company is already teasing its arrival on social media.

Source: Facebook

Via: GSM Arena

OnePlus One now available via Oppo’s online store

OnePlus One

The OnePlus One was officially unveiled a couple of months ago, but with a slightly odd invite only system. While the smartphone is still available for purchase to those with an invite, the company has now decided to take Oppo’s support to sell it. The device is now available for purchase from Oppo’s online store with an $100 extra added to the pricing. This means that the standard 16GB model will now set you back by $399 while the 64GB model isn’t listed at the moment. Customers will only be able to buy the Silk White variant of the smartphone.

Another caveat here is that the OnePlus One sold by Oppo comes with the company’s proprietary Color OS UI. So there’s no CyanogenMod on board, although OnePlus claims that an update to the CyanogenMod based OS will be available soon. It’s a big shift from what was originally planned by the company, but it seems like they’re willing to do whatever they can to keep up with the demand. You can get the smartphone now from the link provided below.

Source: Oppo Mart

Via: Cult of Android

The Oppo R3 is the world’s thinnest 4G LTE smartphone

Oppo R3 Front

Oppo R3 Front

Smartphones with 4G LTE chips have become more of a necessity in this day and age, especially in markets like the U.S. and even China to a great extent. And Chinese OEM Oppo has just announced its latest handset known as the R3, which is supposed to be the world’s slimmest 4G LTE smartphone.

At 6.3mm, the smartphone is certainly one of the slimmest smartphones around. Other specs of the Oppo R3 include a 5 inch 720p display, a 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, a meager 2,420 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with the company’s ColorOS skin on top. The handset will be available in China for 2,290 CNY which is the local equivalent of $368.

Oppo R3 Side

As with any Chinese smartphone, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the smartphone venture its way out of the region anytime soon. But third party retailers might be able to sell the device globally as well.

Oppo R3 Back

Source: CNMO – Translated

Via: Phone Arena