Oppo Introduces New Flagship Smartphone Oppo Find X3 Pro

March 11, 2021
Oppo Find X3 Pro

By Ahmed Rahma

A contender to replace Huawei Technologies in the global smartphone rankings, Oppo, has launched its latest flagship device on Thursday with a novel camera system and the latest Qualcomm Inc. silicon.

Seeking to entice keen mobile photographers, the Oppo Find X3 Pro has a matching Sony Corp. sensors for its wide and ultrawide cameras that eliminate the inconsistencies that result when users change zoom levels.

With a 6.7-inch, high-resolution OLED display and curved screen edges, the 5G-capable handset doesn’t stray far from the pack of Chinese Android rivals to Apple Inc.’s iPhone and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Galaxy line.

“Especially in the high-end segments, Oppo has been able to establish itself as an alternative to Samsung and Apple,” said Gerrit Schneemann, an analyst at research firm Omdia.

“The Find X3 will fit into the top-tier segment, addressing key focus areas of current smartphones, especially camera features,” the analyst said.

China’s economy and smartphone market have recovered from the coronavirus pandemic faster than most, with February shipments more than tripling, Bloomberg reports.

About 15 million of the 21.3 million smartphones shipped during the month had a fifth-generation connection, underscoring the country’s fast transition to the next-gen cellular standard. Oppo and compatriot rivals like Xiaomi Corp. and Vivo are in hot pursuit of the market share expected to be vacated by Huawei, China’s leading smartphone vendor which no longer has access to key chipmaking suppliers owing to U.S. sanctions.

According to Counterpoint Research, Oppo ranked first in China in January with 21% of the market noting that Huawei’s haemorrhaging sales and shrinking retail footprint.

Oppo and Vivo have done the best job capturing new customers offline while Xiaomi has seen the biggest increase online, Counterpoint said.

Speaking, chief analyst at CCS Insight, Ben Wood, said, “With component shortages biting, another challenge for Oppo and others will be ramping up enough volume and also dealing with escalating costs.

“This will put even more pressure on Chinese phone makers locked in fierce battles that have led to cutthroat pricing and margin erosion.”

Rahma Ahmed

Ahmed Rahma is a journalist with great interest in arts and craft. She is also a foodie who loves new ideas. She loves to travel and would love to visit other African countries someday. She is a sucker for historical movies and afrobeat.

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