Soon to grace the shores of Aotearoa with their high-spec mid-price mobile phones, OPPO are a Chinese tech company that’s bigger than you might first think.
If you haven’t heard of OPPO you’ll soon discover that they are a big company with even bigger plans.
OPPO have just launched the R9s in Australia and I was lucky enough to be invited along. Aboard the SeaDeck on Sydney Harbour we were wined, dined and umm… entertained with beautiful people in a nightclub atmosphere. Spared most of the techy stuff we were given the chance to have some hands-on time with the phones while taking part in some fun activities. When the music stopped and the boat docked we were sent on our way with a full set of accessories for a phone we don’t yet have. Lenses, phone case, even a selfie stick. Everything but the phone.
So, after some snooping it turns out OPPO are a hugely successful privately owned Chinese tech company. They began in earnest back in 2001 with MP3 players and have grown their range of products to include some amazing headphones, Blu-ray DVD players and more, with mobile phones now becoming their focus.
With a huge presence in overseas markets OPPO are fast becoming one of the leading global mobile phone manufacturers and deliver mobile electronic devices in over 20 countries, including China, Australia and many countries throughout Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
“New Zealand is a location where our devices will be very competitive,” said Kuan Li, Head of Marketing, OPPO New Zealand. “We believe that Kiwis will find them beautifully designed and perfect for the rigours of New Zealand life. OPPO mobile phones will fit seamlessly into life on an Otago farm or the work day in an Auckland office.”
OPPO certainly rocked the boat in Sydney and that’s what they intend to do to the mobile phone market in New Zealand. The R9s is a great looking phone with smooth lines, amazing specs and super-fast VOOC charging technology that puts them at the leading edge of fast charging. I’m told you can get 75% charge in just 30 minutes. The boat rocking comes with the price point which I’m told will be significantly less than current prices from the other leading brands.
While it would have been nice to get a review phone I’m assured this is coming soon with a full NZ launch being imminent. If you are currently in the market for a new phone, then watch this space… OPPO are coming.
We will bring you all the details and developments as they happen so stay tuned.
OPPO will launch its devices, and announce its New Zealand retail and telco partners, later in Q1 2017.
Pricing and availability is not yet available.