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All posts tagged "Oppo"

  • 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...

  • Huawei who? Apple what? Oppo tops China shipments in 2016

    It wasn't that long ago that Apple, Huawei and Xiaomi were duking it out for the number one spot in China. But the latest figures show that Oppo has surged to the top. The mobile brand has always had a strong presence in its home market, but the IDC's statistics for Q4 2016 show that it claimed 18.1% of the market. This translates to 24.5 million devices shipped. In fact, the IDC claims that this represents year-on-year growth of 109.2% for Oppo. Meanwhile, Huawei claims second place, with 16.9% marketshare -- equivalent to 22.9 million devices shipped. And in third place? Another local...

  • Global smartphone sales spike as Samsung, Apple lose ground

    China's smartphone makers are slowly eating into Samsung and Apple's global market share, this according to a new report by Gartner. Globally, smartphone sales increased by 5.4% year-on-year, with 373.2-million devices sold. Leading this charge was Huawei, Oppo and BBK (the company that owns the likes of Oppo, OnePlus and Vivo). The three manufacturers claimed 21% of the global smartphone sales market in Q3 2016, compared to Samsung's 23.6% and Apple's 13%. Samsung had its worst smartphone sales quarters ever, thanks in part to the Note 7 Notably though, most of these smartphone sales from Oppo and BBK were in China. The fall of...

  • The Gearburn Podcast #3: are big companies neglecting the budget smartphone space?

    Hey you, using that swanky flagship over there, have you ever stopped to think if companies are doing enough for budget smartphone users? It's great if you can tote a R14 000 metal slab around, but what about those who can't? What about those users who need a simple, cheap and reliable tether to the digital world? In this week's episode, we focus chiefly on the budget smartphone space. Sure, it might not be as sexy as the Gorilla Glass- and USB Typc-C monsters atop the hierarchies, but they are important. If anything, when companies limit themselves to a strict...

  • Samsung to supply Xiaomi, LeEco with dual-camera modules?

    A new report claims that Samsung's Electro Mechanics unit will be supplying several Chinese manufacturers, including Xiaomi and LeEco, with dual-camera modules. "The South Korean firm will be begin supplying the modules to Xiaomi and LeEco beginning in July," an "industry source" told the Korea Herald. The publication noted that Samsung already sells single camera modules to Xiaomi, but said that the dual camera module would likely be fitted to the upcoming Xiaomi Mi 5S smartphone. Little is known about the new Xiaomi handset, although some rumours claim it will feature a pressure-sensitive display (similar to Apple's Force Touch) and an ultrasonic fingerprint...

  • 5 emerging Chinese smartphone brands you should know

    Huawei has pretty much become a household name across the continent, while Xiaomi is catching up in this department too. There's more to the Chinese smartphone industry than these two companies though. Here are several more mobile manufacturers you should put on your watchlist. Oukitel One of the newer entrants in the market, this fledgling company first attracted attention with its innovative U6 smartphone, featuring a traditional display on the front and an e-ink screen on the back. The company made an even bigger splash last year when it launched the K10 000 smartphone, a hefty brick of a device that broke the Guinness...

  • Oppo Find 7 has qHD display, takes insane 50MP shots

    Phones are taking a turn for the insane. Just look at Oppo's new Find 7, which was launched today in Beijing. It's one of the first smartphones to have both a qHD, 2560x1440 pixel display (that's 538PPI), plus a 50MP camera. The tech inside this enormous and, to be frank, obscenely fast phone is a Snapdragon 801 SoC running a 2.5Ghz CPU with 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory and expansion space via the SD card. That's a whole lotta phone. It's the camera you came for, and the Find 7 delivers, times five. The camera is "only" 13MP, but by combining...

  • Oppo N1, our phone of the moment [gallery]

    "Technology that we take for granted has fundamentally changed the way we live. And that’s the way it should be. Technology should innovate and push mankind forward. However, innovation in smartphones has stopped. Every year, smartphones become slightly faster, with slightly larger screens, and get slight design changes. These things have been confused with innovation. With the N1, we threw away all preconceptions. We boldly returned to the core reason to why technology should exist. To improve life, to innovate, and to change things for the better." These words, etched into the homepage of Oppo, marks the introduction of the N1, the...