News From China: OPPO’s Coming Here and Huawei’s Teasing New Phones

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About a week ago, we dropped by a nondescript house in Abdul Caffoor Mawatha, Colombo. Inside, we were greeted rather enthusiastically by a largely Chinese team. These folks are the face of Oppo in Sri Lanka, and they had some interesting news: Oppo will officially be breaking into the Sri Lankan market in May.

Oppo’s been like Xiaomi to the Sri Lankan market for quite a long time: a company that makes some great smarphones for dirt cheap, but has absolutely no presence anywhere on the island (unless it’s that one enthusiast who’s painstakingly shipped a phone over for the sake of novelty). They’ve even made the global headline a couple of times (Find 5, anyone?).

We’re more or less interested in the Oppo R7, a thin-as-hell metal unibody device that looks a lot like someone decided to make an Android version of the new iPhone. Initial rumors had it that the phone was going to be completely bezel-free. It’s also apparently got a 20 Megapixel shooter. We’ll reserve opinion until we’ve seen more of it.

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Possible leaked images of the R7.

In the meantime, Huawei is also teasing two new phones: a press release we received cryptically mentions two new mind-range smartphones to be released sometime in May. We believe one might be the leaked ‘G628’; a rumored octa-core, 64-bit Mediatek-power 5-inch smartphone supposed to cost approximately CNY 1,000, which translates to under Rs 22,000. Add the inevitable markup and we might just be looking at a phone aggressively hitting the 30K price segment. It’s too early to tell, but with the likes of Samsung capturing the imagination of the masses and the flagship market, Huawei might just be stealthily maneuvering their way into that lucrative midrange.

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