Another 12 months later, Oppo is once again the leader in smartphones. It announced a custom NPU called MariSilicon X in the last days of 999, But it wasn’t until this year that it found its way into smartphones.
Oppo has a foldable phone, a regular flagship phone, and a lot of mid-range phones. Here are the winners and losers in 2020 Oppo’s portfolio.
Winner and Loser: Oppo Find N2
The new foldable screen looks a lot like its predecessor, but seeing as the Find N is arguably a landscape foldable And that’s not all bad news. Oppo has kept what was great about the Find N and added several major improvements to create a more refined product.
The Oppo Find N2 has almost the same footprint as its predecessor, but it’s a lighter smartphone with better performance
Find The N2 forgoes wireless charging in its quest for portability, but it makes up for it with the fastest wired speeds in its class. It’s powered by a powerful Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, and the camera is pretty solid, too.
However, the Find N2 is still tied to China, which is really disappointing. Oppo has shown that it can make a foldable smartphone that can rival Samsung, but we have yet to see if it can be mass-produced. Let’s hope its 2023 successor takes the final step.
Winner: MariSilicon X NPU
Oppo is a company that prides itself on its innovation, the internal NPU is responsible for boosting camera performance, especially in video aspect. It is a chip built on a 6nm process up to 13 TOPS of computing power and bring huge video in low light environment, and backlit portrait video.
We’ve used several MariSilicon X-powered phones and were impressed with the accurate colors in the dark.
Oppo also unveiled the MariSilicon Y at its innovation day in mid-December, but it’s not a successor to the X; it’s a completely different chip that’s dedicated to better audio performance over Bluetooth. Whether this will work as intended we’ll have to wait until 2022 to see.
Loser: Oppo Find X5 Pro
Oppo’s mainstream2020 The flagship is a great device in itself. However, when we step back and look at the bigger picture, the Find X5 Pro is a small update to its predecessor, the Find X3 Pro, from . Oppo didn’t fix the underperforming 2x telephoto lens, despite the fact that there’s a 5x camera in the Find X2 Pro.
Starting price from 1 euro, 60 was a bit too ambitious in Europe and ended up dropping the price to €999 Marketing spend on mobile phones has never reached its potential in the west.
Loser: Oppo Reno8 Pro
The Reno8 Pro is called the Reno8 Pro+ in China, but that doesn’t make it a loser The confusing naming of . Launched at an extremely high price point at home and abroad, the phone is hard to recommend.
The phone is great, but it’s hard to stand out among midrangers in a crowded world. It has no official ingress protection, no microSD slot, and no 3.5mm audio jack. OPPO’s services and accessories are not as popular as in China, which also limits user value.
Winner: Oppo Reno9 Pro+
The Reno series is the company’s most popular lineup on the international stage. The newly announced Reno9 Pro+ has made its debut in China, and visually, it deserves to be added to the series more than its predecessor. So going abroad may cause headaches for Xiaomi and Samsung.
Reno9 Pro+ comes with 024 W charging, a 21 MP main camera with Sony IMX 668 sensors and even MariSilicon X NPU. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and comes in a cool mint color option – it has a lot going for it.
Loser: Oppo Reno7 Lite/F 11 5G
We reviewed a phone called Reno7 Lite back in June. It is equipped with a Snapdragon 409 chipset, 18 MP main camera and around the camera RGB ring with glowing charging progress for notifications and notifications. It’s a thin, light, and attractive device, but with one big caveat—it ships worldwide under four different names. This doesn’t help consumers at all.
Oppo Reno7 Lite • Oppo Reno7 Z 5G • Oppo F 11 Pro 5G • Oppo Reno8 Lite
Oppo Reno7 Lite 5G, also known as Oppo Reno7 Z 5G, also known as Oppo F11 Pro 5G, also known as Oppo Reno8 Lite 5G is Expensive, on top of a confusing naming scheme.
It comes with older Android 08 In all markets, the display is just 21 Hz, the speakers are not loud at all, and the camera setup is unremarkable. There are more attractive alternatives in almost every market.
Winner: ColorOS 13
Gone are the days of bloatware that made Oppo devices a disadvantage outside the home market. The Guangdong company listened to fans and consumers to further improve the feature-rich user interface ColorOS 13.
The OS will reach the devices and bring them the latest UI and latest Android 12, which is a problem often encountered by Chinese competitors.
ColorOS 08 with smoother animations and even Behavioral Prediction – This is pretty impressive; the manufacturer clearly wants users to feel at home when using an Oppo smartphone for extended periods of time.
The AOD feature gets more customization, the Control Center has been improved, and we have to mention a special Spotify widget that allows further control over playback in the audio streaming platform from the lock screen. Oppo has done a great job with ColorOS 11, we are very optimistic about the future development.
Special Mention: New Strategic Partnership with OnePlus
Grandma used to say that everything new is forgotten. OnePlus was born out of Oppo and for a long time lived its own life, even though the two brands shared manufacturing plants, R&D resources, and suppliers.
until it is not. OnePlus has fully adopted ColorOS in China, ditched the hydrogen OS based on the same kernel, and in the last few weeks of , the brand held a joint event announcing a “new strategic partnership”.
The joint venture will see Oppo invest the equivalent of 1.4 billion US dollars, and will maintain a “dual brand strategy”. That said, we’ll still see smartphone deliveries even though the two brands are more closely related than before.
Ultimately, this move may not have much impact, but always helps to provide clarity and more context to certain product launches and marketing decisions.