Oppo Smartphones in the Philippines? (Updated)
Update: NOVO7Tech confirmed that it no longer distributes Oppo products in the Philippines.
Similar to Xiaomi, Oppo is another China-based brand which has been gaining attention from consumers and observers worldwide. A multi-faceted technology company, Oppo manufactures a variety of products such as televisions, optical disc players, and home theater systems, but most importantly, Android smartphones.
In 2012, Oppo released the 6.65mm-thin Finder which was hyped as the world’s thinnest smartphone. The Finder features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB internal storage, and an 8-megapixel camera. The Finder was followed by the faster 5-inch Find 5 which has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 16GB/32GB onboard storage, and a 13-megapixel camera. Distributed by NOVO7Tech, the Finder and the Find 5 entered the Philippine market for PhP 14,999 and PhP 18,999 respectively.
Oppo once again made headlines when it released the N1 – the world’s first smartphone with a rotating camera module. Equipped with such a component, the N1 does not need a dual-camera system. The 13-megapixel camera on the rotating module can do its job perfectly as a main camera and as a “selfie” camera. A worthy phablet challenger, the 5.9-inch N1 is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core processor and has 16GB/32GB internal storage. It seems that the N1 is not yet available locally, but this website estimates that it costs almost PhP 26,000 based on US$ 570 SRP.
While Oppo is not yet popular among average consumers, it seemingly has a niched following as manifested by this forum thread. Our neighboring countries Indonesia and Thailand have strong Oppo Facebook fan pages (1, 2). Oppo just entered the Indian market last month. On our end, we are currently communicating with the folks at NOVO7Tech and looking forward to receiving Oppo demo units from them. Xiaomi, on another note, has limited distribution channels outside China.