Posts tagged with: Oppo
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    After many years of constant, impressive growth in overall smartphone demand, the Chinese market hit a big stagnation point in 2015, according to at least two research firms, with new trends favoring domestic manufacturers over the rulers of the Western mobile world. Things got so bad for Samsung in the single biggest market around the globe that the Galaxy failed to make the local top five both in Q4 and as far as the whole year is concerned. Huawei won the October – December gold medal, with 15.2 percent share, followed closely by Xiaomi, Apple, Vivo and OPPO, at 14.8, 13.1, 10 and 9.2 ...

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    Update: Our official audio podcast publication will be set to run at 3:00am Eastern on Sundays most weeks. We'll advise you of special cases as necessary. And as always you can hit up the podcast post on the site for direct access to the download links as soon as they're up. Like, right now. Enjoy! Our CES followups are done, our convention-center head colds are almost dribbled out, and the first small scents of jamon are starting to waft over from Barcelona. It must be almost springtime for Pocketnow, and you know what that means: the MWC 2016 rumor reactor is humming its way up to 100% ...

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    You can add the name of another smartphone heavyweight to the list of confirmed 2016 Mobile World Congress participants, next to Samsung, LG and Sony. That’s China-based OPPO, which may not be considered a major league player by many Western consumers, yet it’s managed to considerably climb up the global ranks in 2015, with 50 million unit sales and 67 percent year-on-year growth. Hot on the heels of the (front-facing) camera-centric F1, OPPO apparently plans to unveil a different handheld focused on photography, with an “unprecedented smartphone camera innovation in tow”, plus a ...

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    The OPPO F1 does not have an engine. It does not pull hairpin turns. And it most certainly will not crash into a heaping pile of flames. But you can drive its eight processor cores up to 1.7GHz. It's manageable enough in the hand to toss around. And while it is possible to crash it in a sense, the software on this thing will try very, VERY hard to not let you do so. As if we already had our fill of auto jokes from the LG V10, this Chinese upstart seems to have added... fuel to the fire. Okay, we'll stop now. The F1 has jumped into a mesmerising mash of metallic mid-range monsters in 2016. ...

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    Several former household names of the mobile phone business, including BlackBerry, HTC and Sony, have slipped out of the “major league” in the past couple of years, with Nokia (temporarily) gone from the industry, and Microsoft incapable of leaving a mark. Naturally, a number of device manufacturers previously deemed a part of the smartphone landscape’s second tier used the free fall of the above listed giants to their advantage, improving their global brand awareness and sales figures primarily with an emphasis on reasonable quality-price ratios. Huawei impressively managed to ...

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    OPPO’s budget-friendly “selfie expert” was first teased early last week, just as CES debuted in Las Vegas, then a number of key features were revealed on the down low, and a few days back, pre-orders opened with little to no fanfare in Vietnam. Well, the fanfare is here now, as the OPPO F1 can be purchased from OPPOStyle.com in “about 20 countries around the world”, plus Amazon’s local British, French, and German divisions. Unfortunately, there’s no word on delivery dates yet, but if you hurry, you can get the photography-centric phone bundled with a free selfie stick from ...

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    Since Oppo forgot to specify what the F in F1 stands for when teasing the mid-end camera-centric phone, our thoughts instantly flew to abstract concepts and pompous marketing terms like forward-thinking, fashionable or fantastic performance. But it turns out the Oppo F1’s key selling point is its front-facing snapper, endowed with a wide-aperture F/2.0 lens, a quarter of an inch sensor, and capable of using the handheld’s bright screen as a flash in need in order to improve low-light operation. Your selfies should also be augmented by a number of proprietary software tweaks and ...

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    As always, the storm of CES product announcements seems to have calmed ahead of the show’s very formal beginning later today, so it feels like as good a time as any to tackle a device expected out in a few weeks. Namely, the pioneer of Oppo’s newly introduced F family of mid-range photography-centric smartphones, the F1, which the Chinese manufacturer’s Indian division just confirmed for a regional debut on January 28. Exactly how might the Oppo F1’s middling price and specification character go together with its camera expertise? Well, if GSM Arena’s inside sources are legit, ...

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    Oppo is among the top Chinese smartphone brands we’re expecting to finally grow bolder about its US prospects this year following Huawei’s recent expansion, but alas, the company’s latest press release hails from Shenzhen rather than Las Vegas. There’s obviously still a chance our team on the ground at CES will get to spend some one-on-one time with the Oppo F1, though it’s best to remain skeptical. Right now, the mid-range, photography-centric F series is completely covered in secrecy, bringing devices with “impressive specs, eye-catching style and amazing prices” starting ...

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    If you’re a casual music consumer you’re probably fine with the headphones that came with your smartphone (if any), or you have a pair of earbuds/phones/cans that you prefer to use while on the go, regardless of the smartphone of your choice. If you’re a music enthusiast (or audiophile), however, and you are a perfectionist when it comes to your favorite tunes, you’re either enjoying your content from a computer, HiFi system, or dedicated headphone amp/DAC. What you do know, by now, is that your smartphone isn’t good enough to drive your (high-end) cans. But, if you still want to ...

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    Like so many other mobile device manufacturers, Oppo got into the Christmas-specific giving mood early this year, shaving $100 off the list prices of the R7, R7 Plus and N3 phones for Black Friday. Then, the sizzling hot 4GB RAM-packing R7s started selling for just $400, and now, the “final device of the oh-so-popular R7 series” is the protagonist of an Advent Calendar “game.” While it looks unlikely an R7s Plus will ever see daylight after all, the non-Plus version can be yours free of charge as long as you earn 7 different badges offered between December 7 and 13. You only need ...

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    The OPPO Find 9 is on hold, so what better placeholder to have this half-year than the OPPO R7s? We have it in-house for a review, just like we had the OPPO R7. Oh yeah, and the R7 Plus. We reviewed that, too. Notice some themes going on here? It seems that the company's going for the complete Apple as we see the OPPO R7s Plus pass through Chinese certification with the requisite pictures and limited specs. Here are the details from TENAA: [table] Component,Description Screen size,6 inches Display type,AMOLED Resolution,1920 x 1080 Pixel density,367 ppi Processor,Octa-core Speed,1.5GHz ...

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    Deemed a “pleasant surprise” and more than “just an in-between phone” by our own Anton D. Nagy after a close first encounter of the third kind, the recently unveiled Oppo R7s will become commercially available well in advance of Christmas, allowing you to play Santa for a loved one seeking a handsome new upper mid-range Android. Starting December 1, you’ll be asked to pay $399 or €349 through OppoStyle.com, as well as British, French and German branches of Amazon, which is coincidentally how much the R7 Plus costs for Black Friday following a $100 discount. While smaller than ...

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    Purchasing mobile gear of any kind around Turkey Day is always wise. Waiting until the last minute to score the best possible Black Friday deals is the complete opposite. Granted, the temptation may feel irresistible, but unless you want to risk getting body slammed by a fellow desperate bargain hunter for that coveted final discounted Apple Watch, it’s good to know beforehand what to expect from every retailer and how to avoid the holiday shopping frenzy. Luckily, many electronics merchants, actual device manufacturers and carriers included, have either already kicked off early Black ...

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    Move over, Samsung! Move over, HTC! You may have caught plenty of headlines for releasing phones that borrowed a little (or some would say, a lot) from Apple's designs for the iPhone 6, 6S, and their corresponding Plus editions, but now it's Oppo's turn to face judgment for a smartphone that hits some very familiar (and very Apple-y) notes, as we check out some pics that just leaked of a currently unidentified in-development handset. From the gold color, to those stripes, to the rear-mounted headphone jack and even that distinctive speaker grille, it's hard to deny that the components ...

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    This is a company that needs no more introductions. OPPO has well established itself as a reliable smartphone manufacturer that has something for everyone, from flagships to mid-rangers, from rotating cameras and faux leatherbacks to aluminum, from ColorOS to the more recent Project Spectrum. If somehow the five-inch R7 was too small for you, and the six-inch R7 Plus was too big, OPPO is giving you more choice with the 5.5-inch R7s. However, it’s not just an in-between phone; while it is positioned between its siblings, it not only borrows the pros from both, but also takes it up a ...

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    Color OS is, well, Color OS. Some people hate it, some people like it. Oppo did a good job in listening to customers with its latest version running on the Oppo R7 Plus, which I’ll admit is my favorite Android skin to date, but it hasn’t done that same great job in bringing legacy flagships up to speed. Chances are that if you’re currently using the Oppo Find 7 or Find 7a, you’re still stuck on a version of Color OS that runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. I know, that’s terrible. The good thing is that Oppo is clearly paying attention to customer demand. Instead of pushing another ...

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    After breaking its short-lived partnership with CyanogenMod, China-based hardware manufacturer Oppo shifted its software focus entirely on a proprietary platform dubbed ColorOS and obviously built on Android source code. But as the purist community grows stronger and more vocal by the day, everyone from LG to Sony seems to agree bloatware must go or at least get significantly downsized. Of course, some people prefer “heavier” UIs, with loads of pre-installed apps and tweaks, so perhaps the answer is choice. In Oppo’s case, you can choose to retain the skinned Android experience ...

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    It’s been a year of tough decisions for practically all Android device manufacturers except Samsung, which Qualcomm left hanging after Snapdragon 810’s unforeseen and unprecedented overheating woes. Some took a gamble on the SD810 anyway, exposing themselves to public ridicule and high flagship return rates, while others settled for the inferior but reliable 808 chip. At the same time, MediaTek stepped up to the plate for many OEMs, particularly in Asia, as the Helio X10 managed to stay cool and outperform the Snapdragon 808. Finally, Oppo adopted perhaps the oddest strategy of all, ...

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    Remember the OPPO Neo 5 from June (cause there was also one in 2014)? It was announced together with a Neo 5s, but both of these smartphones now have an official follow-up. The OPPO Neo 7 announced today is just as shiny, continuing the company's "mirror back" approach to the Neo family of smartphones. It will debut in India, but it will also reach a total of 17 markets around the globe (including South East Asia, South Asia, MENA and Mexico), and it will go for sub-$200. There will be 3G and 4G versions of this shiny phone, black and white variants (with silver and gold edges), inspired ...

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    Move over, Asus Zenfone 2, as Oppo joins the “mid-range” 4GB memory smartphone party with yet another take on the less-than-six-month-old R7. The just-unveiled Oppo R7s isn’t quite as impressive as the R7 Plus from a sheer size standpoint, and it does without the 6-incher’s fingerprint scanner. But what the 5.5-incher loses in footprint, it gains in pixel density, thanks to a Full HD AMOLED display delivering 401 ppi. As far as the exterior goes, this is exactly as beautiful as its “cousins”, rocking an all-aluminum chassis “treated with state-of-the-art surface coating ...

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    While the Oppo R7 Plus, recently unveiled for the Western hemisphere, left a “huge” first impression on one of our strictest reviewers, it’s no use trying to pretend like the 6-inch 1,080p handheld is a flagship. The middling (by high-end standards) Snapdragon 615 SoC renders the impressive 3GB RAM null and void, and a 13MP rear-facing camera isn’t really enough for a place near the top of the Android food chain either. So, what can Oppo utilize to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus with? Technically, the Chinese OEM’s “newest” hero device is the Find ...

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    Our recent trip to Beijing gave us some quality time with the Oppo R7 that was closer to a launch at the time, but for most of us, the biggest news were really about its larger sibling, the Oppo R7 Plus that just arrived for review. This is not the average "Plus" version of a smaller phone where all you're really getting is a larger phone. Oppo has given the R7 Plus a couple of extra features that make this device truly superior to the smaller phone we already reviewed. To provide some context, keep in mind that even though the Oppo R lineup is considered a premium mid-ranger by many, ...

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    Unveiled way back in May, alongside its smaller brother, the slim-bezeled 6-inch Oppo R7 Plus is only weeks, maybe days, away from a long overdue international launch. Could it be too late for the 7.8 mm-slender, 4,100 mAh battery-packing Android phablet? It probably all depends on its European and North American MSRP. Over in China, the R7 Plus costs the rough equivalent of $470 contract-free (2,999 yuan), while the non-Plus R7 goes for $399 stateside. Ergo, it’s very possible the device manufacturer will charge $450, $500 tops through the Oppo Style e-store. Our first impressions with ...

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    Remember the OPPO R5? It was the world's thinnest phone, until it wasn't anymore. Still, not bad at 4.85mm, maybe even too thin for some. Well, apparently, the Chinese phone maker pulled an iPhone by adding an "s" to the device's name, and so we have the OPPO R5s. Well, that's not the only change, of course, and the phone is wearing a "coming soon" label on the manufacturer's website. You'll be able to easily tell the OPPO R5s apart from the R5, as it comes in grey, opposed to the silver R5. It keeps all the features, including the overall aspect and measurements, and also keeps most of ...

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