Chinese smartphone maker OPPO, has been officially selling its devices in the Kenyan market since 2015.
According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), OPPO shipped 25 million smartphones in the first quarter of 2017 to increase its global smartphone market share to 7.4% and continue its hold of the 4th most popular smartphone maker slot.
In Kenya, the company is still angling for a significant share of the market and this is what it offers at the moment (late May 2017/early June 2017):
1. OPPO F3
The OPPO F3 is the latest OPPO smartphone in the world (as of the time of writing this). Barely a fortnight after its global availability, the device was available for pre-order in Kenya and went on sale shortly thereafter, the first time the Chinese device maker was doing so.
The F3 packs OPPO’s first dual selfie camera on a smartphone, taking the mobile photography focus of the OPPO F smartphone lineup a notch higher and responding to market demands for such a feature.
Check out the F3’s specifications here .
Price: Kshs 33,000
2. OPPO F1s
Unveiled globally last year in August and introduced into the Kenyan market in November, the OPPO F1s sought to cement the camera prowess of OPPO’s F range of smartphones with its 13 and 16-megapixel back and front-facing cameras respectively.
Its large 5.5-inch display makes it well-suited for multimedia content consumption even though its lack of a full HD panel (it’s just a 720p display) sets it back a couple of steps and makes OPPO’s high asking price seem like a big joke.
Its resemblance to Apple’s iPhone, though expected since its predecessors have adorned iPhone colours all along, is unmissable from the outside as it is on the inside where OPPO’s signature Color OS overlay rules the roost.
That it shipped with Android 5.1 Lollipop at a time when Android Nougat was showing up made me mad when I first interacted with it. An update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow has since been made available, though.
Its battery life is legendary and one of the device’s best features after the camera which, when I used the device late last year, had no equal at its price.
Price: Kshs 28,000
3. OPPO A57
The OPPO A57, which promises to take “unstoppable selfies” was launched globally in November, just as the OPPO F1s started selling in Kenya. It started selling in Kenya in April.
That the A57 was unveiled just as the F1s hit the Kenyan market may have been purely coincidental but the A57 is the F1s but for tighter budgets. Well, if a Kshs 4,000 difference can be considered tight. It has the same 16-megapixel selfie shooter that can be found on the F1s but at 5.2-inches, is a little smaller than the F1s.
Check out the other specifications of the OPPO A57 here.
Price: Kshs 24,000
4. OPPO A37
OPPO Kenya has never made much noise about this device’s availability in the market with the glitzy showcase that greeted the F3’s arrival in Nairobi or the elaborate marketing materials dedicated to the F1s last year but that does not mean that it does not exist. It is there. Should you walk into any OPPO showroom anywhere in the country, the A37 is sure to greet you.
The OPPO A37 packs a 5-inch HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, an 8-megapixel camera at the back and a 5-megapixel camera on the front, 2GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, a 2,630mAh battery and, sadly, Android 5.1 Lollipop.
The A37 is an interesting device because its price point is exactly where OPPO’s compatriots, the Transsion Holdings brand duo of Infinix and Tecno, ply their trade with their various popular models. Can the A37 compete?
Price: Kshs 16,000
5. OPPO Neo 7
This is the oldest device on this list, having been released way back in October 2015. As such, it is slowly being phased out of the market. You can find it in some retail outlets, you may miss it in others. Old age comes with its fair share of problems. Like having to strive to keep up with the strutting beauties that are the young ones everyone’s eye is fixed on.
But the young ones don’t come cheap which means that anyone looking to scrap the floor but still walk home with an OPPO phone cannot afford to look away from the Neo 7’s modest 5-inch display with its awfully grainy qHD resolution.
The meagre 1GB RAM and dated Color OS 2.1 (which screams “prepare for lag time that equals the number of minutes Hassan Jumaa takes to call out his name”) don’t help matters either. Bottom of the barrel. Literally.
Price: Kshs 13,000