When you think of smartphone manufacturers, OPPO might not be the first company that springs to mind. Despite being one of the top brands in China, OPPO are still relatively unknown in the UK, but you can expect all of that to change.
Already a huge hit in their native China, OPPO has finally landed in the UK, and can finally be found online at Mobiles.co.uk. Discover everything you need to know about the smartphone manufacturer below.
OPPO is part of, and owned by, BBK Electronics, a major Chinese consumer electronics firm. Launched by CEO Cheng Mingyong in 2004, OPPO became China's largest smartphone manufacturer in a mere 12 years. By 2016, the brand could be found everywhere, with OPPO phones being sold in over 200,000 retail outlets across the nation. Incredibly popular in India too, it's safe to say OPPO is a big deal across the East.
You'll find OPPO's headquarters in Dongguan, Guangdong, Southeast China. The brand is known for specialising in affordable, mid-range handsets that boast premium-looking designs and house plenty of innovative new tech. Across the world smartphone enthusiasts are now loving OPPO devices.
Who are BBK Electronics?
OPPO is a subsidiary brand of BBK Electronics - the third-largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. BBK Electronics shipped a grand total of 199.3 million handsets worldwide in 2017, just behind giants Apple and Samsung who shipped 215.8 million and 317.7 million respectfully.
BBK Electronics is also the parent brand of Shenzhen-based smartphone manufacturers OnePlus. Curious to learn more about OnePlus? Just check out our OnePlus blog to uncover its history.
Fuelling every OPPO handset is the company's own version of Android: ColorOS. The most recent operating system - ColorOS 5.2 - offers a vibrant, seamless interface that's a pleasure to use, with brand-new colours, font sizes and updated app icons to name just a few design changes.
Alongside upgrades to overall performance speed, OPPO has also packed a ton of great features (either unique to ColorOS or from the latest Android update) into its operating system. Smart Cleaning, for example, uses AI technology to intelligently analyse your app usage, automatically shutting down dormant apps to speed up your device while Smart Bar makes it easier to switch between tasks. The likes of Google Lens and Google Assistant are all yours to enjoy too.
OPPO and 5G
OPPO is officially 5G ready, with 5G technology first introduced in the OPPO Reno 5G. This handset will undoubtedly be one of many OPPO 5G smartphones, and it's packed with specs to support the power of 5G, including a long-lasting battery and an advanced CPU.
5G is the next generation of mobile network, and it's capable of speeds up to 200 times faster than 4G. This means you'll be able to download HD movies in seconds, and experience less lagging thanks to reduced latency. 5G is more powerful and more reliable, and OPPO has already rolled out the technology to support this.
Discover OPPO handsets
Considering OPPO for your next smartphone? A fairly new brand to the UK, you might not know too much about the existing handsets. To help you make a decision, you'll find an overview of some of OPPO's latest devices below - take a look to see which handset is perfect for you...
Oppo Reno A9 2020
One of OPPO’s most recent releases, the OPPO Reno A9 2020 is a brilliant phone if you're looking for great specs on a budget.
It certainly looks more premium than its price tag suggests, with a lightweight body and big 6.5-inch HD+ display. The screen extends from edge to edge, and both Sunlight Screen and Blue Shield modes ensure you can always see clearly, without straining your eyes.
This Android phone uses OPPO’s customised operating system ColorOS 6 and is fuelled by a 5,000 mAh battery that promises to last up to 20 hours on one full charge. When it comes to the camera and sound, the A9 2020 won't let you down. There's an Ultra-Wide Quad Camera (48MP+8MP+2MP+2MP) on the rear, and a 16MP selfie camera on the front, with AI Beautification to always capture your good side.
Oppo Reno2 Z
If you prefer a truly seamless, full-screen experience from your phone, try the Reno2 Z. Its 6.5-inch AMOLED display has a 91% screen-to-body ratio, and there's no notch at the top of the phone for the front camera. Instead, the front-facing camera is placed inside the body of the Reno2 Z, and will intelligently pop up whenever you need it.
Speaking of cameras, alongside the 16MP front camera, the Reno2 Z also offers a quad-lens rear camera that delivers outstanding images even in bright or dark light. The camera comes with a 48MP main lens, 8MP wide-angle lens, a 2MP mono lens and 2MP Portrait Lens that's a must if you want to make the most of OPPO’s Portrait Mode 2.0.
Working away behind the scenes to ensure a fast performance is the Reno2 Z's MediaTek Helio P90 chipset, 4,000 mAh battery and OPPO’s customised interface, Color OS 6.1.
Oppo Reno 5G
As well as offering 5G speeds whenever you're in a 5G supported area, this smartphone also comes with a huge 4,065 mAh battery that's capable of lasting for 40 hours on one full charge. Even better, when you use fast-charging on the Reno 5G, you can power up to 100% in 20 minutes.
You'll never be without battery on the Reno 5G, which means you can spend longer enjoying its other high-spec features. If you love snapping photos on your phone, you're sure to like the triple-lens camera system on this Reno handset. There's a 48MP main lens that offers plenty of pixels to capture moments in amazing detail, a 13MP periscopic zoom camera to help you get closer to the action without losing quality, and finally an 8MP ultra-wide lens which suits group photos and landscape shots.
There's a 16MP pop-up camera that's hidden away inside the phone (just like the Reno2 Z), and a 6.6-inch AMOLED Full HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass so you can view your latest photos and watch your favourite videos on the go. The device runs on Android 9 and includes Google Assistant, but you'll find OPPO’s own interface - ColorOS 6 - running over the top, which adds features like hyper boost and swipe-up gesture navigation.