Posts tagged with: Oppo
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    When we're looking at the biggest smartphone brands around, it's almost not even worth paying attention to the top two: Samsung dominates the market, and Apple's got itself a reasonably comfortable second-place spot. But move a little further down the list, and the fight starts getting interesting. Huawei's been a distant third for a while now, but could the company ever get to the point where Apple needs to be worried? And while Xiaomi and Lenovo filled out the top five last time we looked, will their fortunes hold? The latest global shipment figures are out, and they show some big ...

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    The threat posed by Huawei on Samsung and Apple in terms of global smartphone sales numbers is more real than ever, and Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi and ZTE could well boost their Western awareness this year also. But what about OPPO, which was a domestic standout in 2015, and sells many of its surprisingly solid budget-friendly Androids directly to customers outside of the Asian continent? Can the F1 Plus “selfie expert” put a further dent in iPhone 6s demand, as the OEM boldly claims? Sounds unlikely, yet the Chinese R9 equivalent of the F1 Plus posted 180,000 opening-day sales ...

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    Not our usual camera showdown, but the folks at Oppo describe the new F1 Plus as a "selfie expert" phone. While rear mounted cameras are usually higher quality, and are the preferred tools for most people when we discuss mobile content creations, we can't deny the selfie phenomenon. There's a distinct smartphone consumer who might never use that rear camera, but depends on a front camera to capture their important moments. The F1 Plus is a curious beast for us smartphone camera snobs. The rear camera is a fairly traditional 13MP shooter, but the front camera is a 16MP monster capable of ...

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    Forget the “decent” OPPO F1 camera phone, as the true Europe-bound selfie expert has finally arrived under the predictable but somewhat confusing F1 Plus moniker. Predictable, because the handheld and name were teased a while back, and confusing due to its glaring similarities with the R9. Check that, the OPPO F1 Plus and R9 are virtually identical, not just similar, the only difference being the latter starts at the equivalent of $430 in China, whereas the former will cost £300 ($425) in the UK, and €390 ($445) respectively in most EU territories. Small prices to pay across the ...

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    The OPPO R-series keeps on delivering some excellent, if conventional phones to us. The OPPO R9 and R9 Plus didn't disappoint us in that aspect and neither have they disappointed its manufacturer when it came to first-day sales (though they haven't been Xiaomi-good). According to a company release, it's boasting 180,000 of those sales in China through both online and offline distributions. The standard R9 comes in at around $430 while the R9 Plus goes to $510 and both come in with a mid-range MediaTek Helio processor and 16-megapixel selfie cameras. That last bit is probably the biggest ...

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    If you were a little disappointed to see the OPPO F1 “selfie expert” barely feature an 8MP front-facing camera, you should be happy to hear the fast-rising Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just doubled down its efforts to sustain your vanity. Literally, as the newly unveiled OPPO R9 and R9 Plus both provide 16 sharp megapixels for your best possible self-portraits. That has to be some sort of record, and with proprietary software add-ons such as Beautify 4.0 also in the mix, we wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood actors start to use Android handhelds for head shots. The weird thing ...

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    With no offense meant to OPPO’s shot-callers, the recent new entry into the world’s top ten smartphone brands feels like quite the odd duck for an industry where everyone’s essentially the same. While Samsung and LG unveiled their latest flagship devices at MWC 2016, this eccentric OEM used the high-profile Barcelona stage to take the wraps off new battery charging and camera technology. Which, by the way, may not actually see daylight on the forthcoming R9 and R9 Plus handhelds. Speaking of, these pretty much came out of nowhere in the rumor mill recently to replace the Find 9 hero ...

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    Another day, another reason to tone down our excitement regarding OPPO’s next-gen flagship Android devices, expected out in a couple of weeks. The R9 and R9 Plus were initially rumored to feature 21MP rear-facing cameras and Snapdragon 820 processors, but Tenaa certification docs listed the photography sensors at “only” 16 megapixels, with Helio X10 and SD615 SoCs respectively running the hardware show. Worse yet, it appears the groundbreaking Super VOOC fast-charging technology unveiled at MWC isn’t ready for primetime, and the OPPO R9 shall stick to slightly less impressive VOOC ...

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    China-based smartphone manufacturer OPPO managed to break into the global top ten last year without spending a fortune on advertising or engaging in pointless spec wars with the likes of Samsung, Sony or LG. They say if it ain’t broke, you shouldn’t try to fix it, so instead of putting everything but the kitchen sink on the upcoming R9 and R9 Plus, OPPO will probably pursue a familiar, winning strategy, and cut a few corners in order to keep prices low. Forget rumored Snapdragon 820 processors and Quad HD displays. We have conclusive proof of both the OPPO R9 and R9 Plus featuring ...

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    Semi-credible rumors on the long overdue follow-up to the 2014 OPPO Find 7 have been few and far between lately, suggesting some other flagship might come soon to confirm the Find family’s death. Enter the camera-centric OPPO R9, teased for a spring launch by the fast-rising Chinese device manufacturer itself, and expected to also carry a Snapdragon 820 processor by “sources in the know.” You don’t need insiders to presume the R9, as well as the phablet-sized R9 Plus, will adopt the newly announced, groundbreaking Super VOOC technology and SmartSensor optical image stabilization. ...

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    Everybody wants a piece of the Indian smartphone pie. Apple, Samsung, BlackBerry, even Google. And why wouldn’t they, when we’re talking the new second largest global market, with a tremendous growth potential, a population of over 1.2 billion people, and modest 30 percent product penetration? Foreign brands are so eager to conquer the once prohibitive, exotic South Asian territory that many have recently signed up to a Government initiative called “Make in India”, through which they can manufacture gadgets locally and pay lower taxes. Still, domestic vendors like Micromax, Intex ...

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    Up-and-coming Chinese device manufacturer OPPO curiously elected to unveil the F1 “selfie expert” more than a month ahead of the now ongoing Mobile World Congress, instead traveling to Barcelona to announce a couple of things that look less glamorous at a first glance, but are actually way more important for the industry’s evolution. Yes, the industry as a whole must benefit from the introduction of Super VOOC Flash Charge technology, as well as something called SmartSensor Image Stabilization, though in all probability, OPPO won’t share its two latest innovations with rival OEMs. ...

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    As device slimness and elegance remains a key focus area for many of today’s industry-leading smartphone manufacturers, the easiest way to improve battery life to a substantial extent is probably keep reducing charging times rather than pointlessly try to increase cell capacity. In case you filed OPPO’s pre-MWC “world-wowing” teaser under empty marketing propaganda, the fast-rising Chinese OEM is now here to prove you completely wrong, taking the wraps off its new Super VOOC Flash Charge standard in Barcelona. This is obviously a continuation of the VOOC Flash Charge technology ...

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    Expertise is something earned. It's also a big marketing tool. With OPPO having some eight years on the mobile market, it has been able to innovate in hardware time and time again. But its flamboyant output has typically been outside the scan of those with thinner wallets. And that's where the company has to make do with the basics and punch up a spec or two in the hopes of being the right kind of "different." The F1 tackles the mid-range with internals in line for 2016, a so-so screen that doesn't fair so well in sunlight and some cameras. Here's the catch: the rear unit has 13 ...

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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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