Oppo, the upcoming (or maybe it already is) rival to both Apple and Samsung, is in fact, bigger than we thought. While it is well known for its camera phone here in Singapore, it is actually a much bigger company that also produces Blu-ray players and other popular electronic goods.
Here are 9 other things about Oppo that you probably didn’t know. Including the long-awaited answer to “Oppo is from which country ah?”
Show this to an Oppo user so they’ll have more bragging rights!
Oppo is actually named OPPO Electronics Corp
To appeal to the general public and to attract young people, the company shortens its name to OPPO, making it sound trendy and hip. By using only OPPO in its company registration in other countries, the company become a well-known household name for smartphones.
Oppo is from which country?
If you are still thinking that Oppo is Korean (because Oppa?), think again. The company is a Chinese consumer electronics firm that is based in Guangdong, China. It was registered in 2001 and launched in China in 2004. The company has since registered its name in many different countries such as Myanmar, Philippines, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and India, amongst others.
Oppo is ranked as the number 5 smartphone brand in the world
Oppo is number 5 in the world of smartphones as of this year (2019), losing out only to familiar brands like Samsung, Huawei, Apple and Xiaomi. I don’t know about you, but you’d realise that out of the top five companies, three are from China. Interesting much, no?
It has won the rights to sponsor the Indian National Cricket Team
Opps has successfully won the right to sponsor and print their logo on all the kits of the Indian National Cricket Team from 2017 to 2022. This means huge advertising for Oppo as the period in which their sponsorship runs will see the Indian National Cricket Team play 259 international matches, including the 2019 World Cup in England and the 2020 T20 World Cup in Australia.
Oppo is not the same as Oppo Digital
Some people have mistaken Oppo and Oppo Digital as the same company. Oppo Digital is actually an independently-run division of Oppo that is based in Mountain View, California and is well-known for its universal upconverting DVD and Blu-ray Disc players.
It entered the mobile phone market in 2008
OPPO entered the mobile phone market in 2008 and released its first smartphone in June 2012. The very first smartphone is named U701 Ulike. Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it? But look where OPPO has become now!
They also made headphones and amplifiers
A series of high-end headphones and amplifiers were released by OPPO in 2014, with their flagship headphones being the PM-1 and PM-2. It was heavily promoted in the audio market and received good reviews from those who tried them. Guess you can say the same for their phone’s earpieces.
OPPO is impressive with its list of innovations in the smartphone market
Since its entry into the smartphone market with the very first smartphone in 2012, OPPO has made numerous innovations to its smartphones to compete with its rivals. Some of these innovations broke records in the industry. Well, actually, every smartphone makes some innovations except Apple, which makes some fancy new names for old technology #justsaying
It has a couple of controversies in India
2017 marks a troubling year for OPPO India as it was embroiled in 2 unfortunate controversies involving individuals. The first happened in Mar 2017 where a Chinese national allegedly tore the India National Flag and threw it into a dustbin.
This incident had caused a halt to its production plant while investigations were held. The second incident involved a mass resignation of its entire Punjab Service Team after a HOD allegedly said that “Indians are beggars”.
In both cases, the company stepped in quickly and calmed the situations to prevent further disruption.