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    Exactly one year ago today, up-and-coming smartphone manufacturer OPPO unveiled a somewhat surprising and no doubt costly promotional partnership with FC Barcelona, which only one week later walked away from the Olympiastadion in Berlin with its fifth ever UEFA Champions League trophy. In the meantime, OPPO surged and surged and surged, becoming a force to be reckoned with in the global mobile hardware landscape, whereas Leo Messi & co. painfully fell to domestic rivals Atletico Madrid in the quarter-finals of the latest Champions League season. The disappointment was surely amplified ...

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    The hype has been real for several years. Samsung or LG would always set up a little display showing off moving pictures on a thin filament of bendable material and we're all left with the impression that a foldable smartphone would be so close down the road. Well, it's 2016 and we're only getting just a whiff of a Galaxy X coming along the way ... for next year. But a Chinese leaker has come into contact with an OPPO prototype of a foldable smartphone. Supposedly, it's been a work-in-progress since August 2015 and it was only in February that engineers started energizing that flexible ...

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    Kantar released its report on the state of the smartphone market last week, now it's Gartner's turn. More smartphones entered the market in this quarter than the same time last year. Fittingly in time for Google I/O, it's a victory this time around for Android at the expense of all the other major platforms. Research firm Gartner reported first quarter sales for smartphones worldwide totaled 349 million units, up 3.9 percent annually. Android sold approximately 293.8 million units representing 84 percent of the market, up more than 5 points. Apple itself reported iPhone sales, but Gartner ...

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    It's been a slow, agonizing wait for an uber-quick charge. At least it feels that way, but it's only been shy of three months since OPPO showed off its Super VOOC charge standard. It could deliver a 20W current to your phone for a full charge in 15 minutes, the people on the stage at MWC said. Well, when are we going to see a phone with this Super VOOC? Glimmers of hope have started peeking in different forms. Over at the dubiously-connected-to-OPPO phone manufacturer OnePlus, we saw certifications for the OnePlus 3 with a 20W charging standard. This came after it had applied for a ...

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    According to the company’s own reports, as well as independent probes of the global smartphone market by trusted analysts, business has been good for OPPO lately, despite the China-based budget specialist last unveiling a true flagship way back in spring of 2014. It’s said the Find 7’s sequel was delayed due to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 overheating woes, then as nothing better entered the picture, OPPO figured it might as well wait for the SD820 processor. But now it’s unclear what’s holding off the Find 9 announcement, after the recent invasion of 820-powered handhelds from ...

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    The OnePlus 3 has received its China Compulsory Certificate and we've found out that it supports a 5V, 4A charging standard. It does come as an about face for OnePlus, a manufacturer that hasn't embraced Qualcomm's Quick Charging standard in its phones. But be prepared to not be surprised once the dots get connected. While Quick Charge 3.0 does support up to 20W of power, there's word of the standard being OPPO's Super VOOC. Many associations have been drawn between OPPO and OnePlus with some speculators saying that OPPO owns, has ultimate control or some overbearing influence on ...

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    While Google could never break the very principles Android was founded on and mandate third-party OEMs to load “vanilla” software on their devices, more and more of these companies are starting to pay attention to so-called purists, offering them the choice between a stripped-down OS and one adorned with all sorts of bells and whistles. OPPO dubs its near-stock experiment Project Spectrum, sending Lollipop-based beta builds to the Find 7 and R5 previously, and now, Marshmallow updates to the R7s. Since this is a completely optional makeover, you’ll have to make a bit of an effort, ...

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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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