Discovering Oppo in Balamban

Okay. This is not a sponsored post gentle ladies, though you may think otherwise.

I’ve had the privilege of a long vacation from work and so took laag time up North. My target was Balamban. The trip was unexpected but hey, what’s really new with my M.O.

Anyhow, I’ve been hearing a lot about this new phone brand and its (to quote Jasmin) ‘incredible features’ like transferring files via simple screen contact, semi spy cams and anti-theft technology. I’m no tech blogger but I might as well get started. Let’s look into the journey of Oppo and how it is slowly earning a reputable name in the smartphone industry.

The Brand

OPPO Electronics Corp. is a Chinese electronics manufacturer based in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China. Its major product lines include MP3 players, portable media players, LCD-TVs, eBooks, DVD/Blu-ray Disc players and smartphones. Founded in 2004, the company has registered the OPPO brand name in many parts of the world.

               Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oppo_Electronics

The Chinese rookie penetrated the Philippine market just April of last year (2014). Within the span of less than a year, they managed to top the mobile race in the archipelago and earn the trust of the Filipino consumer.

Meet Jevie. She’s the beaming face of Oppo I met on my northern Cebu escapade. DSC_0370Her neon green shirt offers a familiar sight. Having already heard positive stories from friends, I decided to check out her displays since it seems to be the only exclusive smartphone stand in the area. Cool, I thought. Talk about effort.

Jevie introduced me confidently to her babies. Among which, here are some stand outs:

Flagship Phones

Oppo N3. The N1 successor was initially launched in Singapore last October 2014 and released in the Philippines in November. Armed with a 206-degree rotating camera, it makes seamless selfies possible (you will like this Ding). It can be navigated by on-screen gestures or touch access. The device can also be remotely controlled with the O-Click, so I guess that eliminates the obvious hand-holding-the-cam problem. N3 also sports the Oppo trademark VOOC technology, rapid charging capacity. That means a five-minute charging time could give you a two-hour phone call and in only 30 minutes, you can restore 75% of the phone’s battery life.

Specs include:

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8974AA quad-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch full HD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB of storage
  • 16-megapixel rotating camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat with Color OS
  • 3000mAh battery

Current selling price: 29 000 php

Oppo R5. Introduced alongside N3, Oppo R5 currently holds the record for the thinnest smartphone in the world (4.85mm). A quick YouTube hunting will get you to a really astonishing video ad. Whoever uses a smartphone for a knife or a hammer to break or pound stuff. The runover test got my curiosity peaked. This is something. I was always apprehensive of smartphones before due to my carelessness. Perhaps this is an answer?

The ultra-thin design is just made more appealing by its sturdiness. Add that to these surprisingly uncompromising specs for such a slim phone:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcmm Snapdragon MSM8939 octa-core processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with AF, F2.0 lens 5-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS 3G, LTE Android 4.4 KitKat with Color OS
  • 2000mAh battery with VOOC fast charging technology

Current selling price: 22 000 php

You can visit the Oppo Philippines website for detailed specifications of their smartphone products. There are, as well, downloadable guides for backups and upgrades.

Oppo Star Series Collection 2014 Quick Model Overview:

Oppo N3: 16MP Motorized Rotating Camera

Oppo R5: Ultra Thin Design

Oppo Find 7a: Rapid Charge

Oppo N1: Rotating Camera

Oppo N1 Mini: Rotatable Camera

Oppo Neo 3: OTG Connection

Oppo Joy: Easy Gesture

Oppo Yoyo: Screen Transfer Technology

Oppo R1: Night Shot 8MP Sensor Camera

Oppo Find 5 Mini: F2.0 Big Aperture

Oppo Neo: Quick Reach Gesture

Mirror 3: The New Dimension

The progress of Oppo’s local fame is remarkable. In the course of mere months, they have invaded stores of all sizes and are hitting sales charts record high.

Apparently the branding efforts are paying off, especially when they are this enthusiastic.

A quick tour around SM City Cebu or the Colon area would give you a better idea of how these guys are smartly sailing the wavy waters of competition. You’re doing it real good Oppo. Yet with the fast-charging advancements in innovation with competing brands, will this promising startup be able to keep its momentum?

We’ll see.