OPPO unveiled the R7 and its larger R7 Plus sibling last May and only recently announced the availability of the R7 Plus in international markets. Given how big a splash it has been making with its R7 line, it's somewhat surprising that it suddenly went silent on an R7 Lite. But perhaps the reason for that is that the R7 Lite is a rather confusing variant when compared to the main R7. It's still the same size with lower specs but strangely a more recent Android 5.1 running on top.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has just unveiled its latest mid-size device, the R5s, an update of last year's R5. The new version features the same impressive design and minimal thickness, but with an increase in memory from 2GB to 3GB of RAM. The R5s has been announced for Europe so far, with orders now being accepted on Oppo's website.
When you name a device as your flagship, you better well be prepared to really spread it around. That goes double if you're a Chinese OEM intent on becoming a force to reckon with in the International market. That is exactly what OPPO is doing now as it launched its giant OPPO R7 Plus phablet upon the international market, particularly in Southeast Asia. Bearing 6 inches of metal and a fast-charging battery, the R7 Plus is poised to stand tall in the mid-range Android smartphone market.
Smartphone brand OPPO announces their intent to move into the North American market with selfie-based intentions. When you have a phone with its own swivel camera made specifically for "selfie" photos, people might assume that you've gone "all in" on the selfie trend. They would be wrong. The smartphone brand OPPO have amped up their efforts with their own branded Selfie Stick, complete with wired functionality. They'll be bringing it to the United States with a Selfie Party in Los Angeles soon.
ZTE made an unexpected, if you haven't been monitoring the rumor mill, announcement yesterday. A new Axon smartphone brand that puts mainstream flagships on notice with its high-end specs and sub-premium price. That is, however, just the tip of the Chinese iceberg. Crowd favorite Xiaomi has made its slow crawl to markets outside China. Huawei made an interesting proposition when it announced the P8 lite smartphone and seems to be a crowd favorite for the next Google Nexus smartphone. The dragon is rising and OEMs should take note. But this journey to the West, just like the novel, is fraught with challenges.
We could almost say it's just smoke and mirrors, almost literally. Minus the smoke of course. OPPO has just announced the Mirror 5, to be available in South Asia, Southeast Asia, MENA (Middle East and North Africa), and Mexico, with a note about a hidden US-compatible model. The most memorable part of this smartphone will probably not be its specs, which are a mix of rather low to mid range components, but its rather unusual exterior that makes it look more luxurious than it actually is.
Most people are content with burying pre-installed apps into a folder somewhere, but a Chinese agency has opted to sue smartphone makers for unwanted bloatware. The Shanghai Consumer Rights Protection Commission has taken Samsung and Oppo to task for just how much software comes preloaded on a brand new device, claiming to have been deluged by customer complaints that they're not getting as much storage space as expected, and that background data use has been more voracious than expected.
Oppo has rolled out a couple new mid-range devices today with one getting a name we are familiar with hiding updated hardware inside. That device is the Oppo Neo 5, which first launched back in 2014. The 2015 version of the Oppo Neo 5 has a MT6582 SoC inside with a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex A7 processor paired with a Mail 400 MP2 GPU. Other than that chipset, the hardware inside the Neo 5 and Neo 5s is much the same.
Chinese mobile manufacture Oppo has finally taken sheet off its new flagship smartphones, the R7 and R7 Plus. While the company teased the R7 Plus just a few days ago, the formal announcement in Beijing brings our first look at the R7, along with details and specs for both models. The sleek looking phones both feature metallic, unibody designs, and will be available in shades of silver and gold. The R7 features a 5-inch screen, while the R7 Plus has super-sized to 6 inches, and both phones will come running a modified version of Android Lollipop.
OPPO seems to be taking a page out of its rivals' marketing books. In a "rare and daring" unprecedented move, the Chinese manufacturer has officially teased the existence of a much larger OPPO R7 Plus, even while the OPPO R7 itself is still to be fully unveiled. It is also sharing some of the details that give a hint into the R7 as well. OPPO says it's a move that shows its confidence in its products. It's also probably because smartphones are the worst kept secrets these days anyway.
The iPhone started the whole smartphone trend, all the way back in 2007. It was a game-changer in so many ways. Thin (impossibly thin, according to Steve Jobs), powerful, and just plain fun to use. Since then, smartphones have progressed and evolved almost beyond recognition, and with each generation, are getting even more impossibly thin, powerful, and feature-rich. Apple has steadily held the throne for many years, but is constantly being challenged by other manufacturers and their latest products. The most recent contender is the OPPO R5, which is now ready for pre-order through Amazon and estimated to be delivered on the 20th of February.