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All posts tagged "Oppo"

  • Huawei’s phones are now more popular than Apple’s

    Huawei now sells more smartphones globally than Apple, this according to data released by research firm Gartner. The firm's Q2 2018 reports suggests that the Chinese manufacturer sold in excess of 49-million devices within the quarter, around 13.3% of total market share. For Huawei, that's a gain or more than 13-million units year-over-year. Apple in comparison sold 44.7-million units, just over 400 000 more than the same quarter last year. Samsung remains the biggest selling smartphone manufacturer with 72.3-million units. Notably, that's a drop of some 10-million year-over-year. The Chinese onslaught continues further down the table. Xiaomi cements its place in fourth position, reclaiming it...

  • Oppo F9 makes the teardrop notch a little more appealing

    The Oppo F9 series launched in India on Tuesday, bringing with it a heap of marketing material dedicated to its new charging system. Dubbed VOOC, Oppo claims that a five minute charge will give users 120 minutes of talk time (for those who actually use their phones for calling, that is). "Compared with conventional high current protection, VOOC uses five levels of protection layering from the adapter to the port and interior of the phone," the company writes. Sticking with the battery theme, the F9 also has a 3500mAh battery. Overall, there are two versions, but the Pro is the more interesting. It features...

  • Oppo’s Find X mounts its three cameras on a motorised sled

    Notches are so early 2018, this is at least according to Chinese company Oppo's new smartphone, the Find X. Behind that silly name lies a pretty cool marketing trick: a motorised popup camera that houses three cameras. Instead of popping the selfie camera in a notch or a thicker bezel, Oppo mounted the camera on a tray that slides out when the camera is required. This allows the firm to slim the bezels right around the device. And it looks pretty damn neat from the front. At the rear, the camera array consists of a 16MP and 20MP sensor duo. Up front,...

  • Oppo R15 is a slick upper mid-range phone, ruined by (yes) a notch

    Chinese mobile brand Oppo is one of the world's largest smartphone makers, even if you can't find them in South Africa and the USA. Nevertheless, the firm's Oppo R15 is looking like a neat buy for those who can't quite afford a flagship handset. Starting at RMB2999 (R5698 as a straight conversion), you're getting a brand-new Helio P60 chipset (quad-core A73 plus quad-core A53, as well as AI processing unit), 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. Other noteworthy additions include a rear fingerprint scanner and 3450mAh battery. Move to the front of the device and you'll notice that it...

  • 6 of the most innovative Chinese smartphones ever made

    Many people tend to think of Apple and Samsung when it comes to innovation in the smartphone industry. But the landscape has changed massively in the past few years, as Chinese manufacturers achieve greater levels of popularity. Sure, there are a few brands that are content to copy existing wares, but many Chinese brands have brought innovative devices to the table. We take a look at six of the most innovative smartphones released by Chinese companies. Oppo N1, N3 - a camera on a rotating swivel 2013's Oppo N1 and 2014's N3 have both been featured on Gearburn before, but how can you not...

  • Smartphone shipments: Xiaomi grew 52% but still finished sixth

    IHS Markit's smartphone shipment data for Q2 2017 has revealed plenty of growth in the industry, up 7% compared to a year ago. But who were the top performers? Data showed that Samsung, Apple and Huawei occupied the top three positions, growing by 3%, 2% and 20% respectively. Meanwhile, BBK's Oppo and Vivo brands filled out fourth and fifth spots, growing by 39% and 45% respectively. The analytics firm credited Oppo and Vivo's growth to the Chinese market, but the companies have spread to India in recent years. Xiaomi missed out on a top five spot by 0.7 million units, IHS Markit wrote...

  • Smartphone shipments: Samsung steals crown from Apple again

    Apple edged out Samsung in Q4 2016 smartphone shipments, according to statistics by the IDC. But now, the analytics firm's Q1 2017 stats show that Samsung is back on top. According to the IDC, Samsung saw its marketshare jump from 18% in Q4 2016 to 23.3% in Q1 2017 -- no doubt helped by the Galaxy S8 and its 2017 mid-range devices. Meanwhile, Apple, which traditionally enjoys a strong Q4 thanks to iPhone launches, dropped from 18.2% in Q4 to 14% in Q1 2017. Huawei and Vivo also saw slight drops in marketshare from Q4 2016 to Q1 2017. Huawei dropped from...

  • 5 Asian mobile brands we’d like to see in SA

    Between Huawei's dominance on the continent and Xiaomi's in-roads via MIA Group, it's clear that Chinese smartphone brands are enjoying unprecedented success in Africa. South Africa has quite a few other Chinese brands too, such as Meizu and OnePlus, as well as a few that seem to be on the wall (ZTE, Oukitel). But there are definitely a few more Chinese and Asian brands in general we'd like to see in the country and on the continent at large. Honor Technically speaking, Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, treated as an independent entity. Sort of like OnePlus being owned by Oppo but...

  • ‘We beat Apple in China because they didn’t adapt’

    Apple was beaten in China by Oppo and Vivo because they failed to adapt to the market, the founder of the two companies claimed. Duan Yongping, the founder of BBK, which is the parent company of both Oppo and Vivo, told Bloomberg that the Cupertino company didn't adapt to local trends. "Apple couldn't beat us in China because even they have flaws," the founder told the publication. "They're maybe too stubborn sometimes. They made a lot of great things, like their operating system, but we surpass them in other areas." Duan is still a fan of Apple and CEO Tim Cook, however. "I've met...

  • Oppo, using a prism, gets 5x lossless zoom on phones

    Chinese brand Oppo might not be very well known locally, but it's a rather innovative smartphone manufacturer in China. We've seen the company launch a smartphone camera on a swivel (who needs a separate selfie camera?), VOOC wireless charging and a host of other cool things. However, Oppo used MWC 2017 to reveal its latest innovation, in the form of 5x lossless zoom and more effective optical image stabilisation (OIS) for smartphones. Interestingly enough, Oppo says the new tech is only 5.7mms thin, which means it should easily fit in today's phones. The new take on smartphone zoom uses "unique periscope-style...