Buying an OPPO Smartphone in Kenya

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Its not hard getting a smartphone in Kenya these days. What’s challenging is finding one worth committing to.

It is difficult to choose considering the market is flooded with many manufactures such as Samsung, Tecno, Infinix and iPhone. It can be confusing figuring out which one is best. Also, you are going to have the phone for a very long time so the decision has to be right.

OPPO smartphones are relatively new in the Kenyan market. The Chinese smartphone maker has been officially selling its devices in the Kenyan since 2015.

OPPO was founded in 2004, with their head office is in Guangdong, China. Apart from mobile phones, they also sell DVDs,MP3 players, LCD-TVs and  e-books.

The company was started by former iPhone employees who worked at their China branch. They wanted to start a company that wasn’t afraid to try new things in the tech world. Their aim was to think outside the box in relation to both hardware and phone features.

The founders of OPPO also wanted a company that had a very close relationship with its customers buy creating products the actually want by adding features based on feedback received from its users.

If you look at OPPO’s about page, you will see their business model.

“Customers are the core of Oppo’s business, and satisfying them is the precondition to our existence. OPPO products are co-developed with our customers, with customer feedback playing a big role in both hardware and software development. For our smartphones, we have adopted rapid release cycles, releasing firmware updates based on customer feedback.”

Is Buying an OPPO Smartphone Worth it?

Yes it is worth it if you are looking for a good budget smartphone. Keyword here is “budget.”

Oppo is definitely not the best in the market but it has some very good features if you are not looking to spend a lot on a new smartphone.

As earlier mentioned, OPPO was founded by iPhone employees who worked in their China branch. This explains the shameless mirroring of the iPhones phones. (oppo/ apple, get the drill?). OPPO is a wannabe iPhone.  The software is the copy of apple ios. Buying one may feel like using an iPhone at a fraction of the price.

OPPO Smartphone has an Excellent Camera!

Buy an OPPO smartphone if you are looking for a good camera phone. The company has been giving more importance to mobile photography and camera. So their camera department is more advanced than their competitors.

Therefore, buying an OPPO smartphone in Kenya is the best gift for people who love to click amazing shots and selfies. OPPO F3 takes very clear, high quality pictures, both with the front and back camera. There is a reason they call themselves the selfie experts.

Oppo is slowly increasing its local market share by positioning itself in mid-range sector. Kenyans love to buy the latest OPPO smartphone because of the value you get from OPPO phones at a fraction of the price you would have spent on other dominant smartphone makers.

This explains why it has taken over the Kenyan market. OPPO smartphones have reliable software and premium styling for those who are not able to spend the amount of money associated with flagship phones such as iPhone and Samsung.

OPPO A57 is also very popular mainly because of its app performance. Apps on OPPO A57 consume slightly less data than other phones. OPPO A57 has chic finishing with a very nice phone display, even though its not full HD. Problem is it mostly comes in rose gold. Not suitable for users who like colors like black and blue.

OPPO smartphones are known for their premium build, quality camera, long lasting battery life and excellent packaging. OPPO smartphones mostly ape the Apple design so it gives you the feeling of owning an iPhone without actually buying one.

Buying an OPPO smartphone in Kenya has now become easier due to the increase in the variety of phones they provide. They always have something for their customers. You can see this by the way the company strives to update its handsets on a regular basis.

Here are more advantages of buying an OPPO phone in Kenya:

Upsides to buying an OPPO smartphone in Kenya

  1. Great applications: OPPO Smartphones come with great applications. Time tracking and productivity improvement software with screenshots and website and applications.Its good especially if you are a student,,,you can copy your notes on it.
  2. Nice sense of style: An Oppo phone is thin, light and delicately styled.
  3. Fast charging: Right now OPPO is one of the world’s fastest charging phone. It’s capable of charging the phone to 70 percent in just a few minutes, making it relatively painless to keep your phone going.
  4. Dual SIM capable: If you want to run a work and personal SIM in the same phone, most OPPO phones allow for that.
  5. Good audio: Best audio from the google pay app if you know how to turn the equalizer on

Downsides to buying an OPPO smartphone in Kenya

  • Derivative design: Buying an OPPO smartphone in Kenya does open you up to the risk of folks assuming you’ve bought an actual iPhone and thinking you’re cheap when they realize that’s not what it is.
  • Dual SIM at the cost of storage: Most Oppo smartphones are dual SIM which gives it some appeal, but it uses the SIM card tray as its microSD storage slot as well, which means you can either have microSD expansion or two SIM cards, but not both.
  • Middling battery life: The charger may be able to charge quickly, but its overall battery life is nothing particularly exciting. The have also been complaints on overheating batteries.
  • Over priced: Some people think the prices are exaggerated. The hardware is cheap and can be found on infinix and tecno, but OPPO is still more expensive than them.

Where can I get an OPPO smartphone?

You can buy OPPO smartphones in various vendors in all major cities and counties. You can also buy from online shops such as Jumia and Kilimall. Here’s what Jumia has to offer:

1. OPPO A37

buying an oppo phone in kenya

Key Features
  • Screen Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Screen Size: 5.0 inches (~67.8% screen-to-body ratio)
  • OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Internal: 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
  • Primary: 8 MP, LED flash, Secondary: 5 MP
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2630 mAh battery

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Price:

Now: Ksh 15,990

 

2. OPPO A57

buying an oppo smartphone in kenya

Key Features
  • Display Size: 5.2 inch
  • Storage: Internal 32GB, 3GB Ram
  • OS: Android 6.1
  • 16MP Front Camera + 13MP Back Camera
  • FingerPrint Sensor

 

buying a macbook in kenya

 

Price

Now: Ksh 23,990

 

3. OPPO F1s

buying an oppo smartphone in kenya

Key Features
  • Display: 5.5″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • OS: Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Processor: Octa-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Camera: 16MP front, 13MP back
  • Memory: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3075 mAh

 

 

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Price

Now: Ksh 27,999

 

4. OPPO F3

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Key Features
  • 5.5″ FullHD IPS screen
  • Dual SIM 4G
  • Triple Slots (Dual SIM cards + microSDcard)
  • Android 6.0
  • 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM
  • 3200mAh Non-removable Battery

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Price

Now: Ksh 31,200

 

5.OPPO F3 Gold

buying an oppo smartphone in kenya

Key Features
  • 5.5″ FullHD IPS screen
  • Dual SIM 4G
  • Triple Slots (Dual SIM cards + microSDcard)
  • Android 6.0
  • 64GB ROM + 4GB RAM
  • 3200mAh Non-removable Battery

 

buying a macbook in kenya

 

Price

Now: Ksh, 32,990

 

Who is it best suited for?

If money is not a problem go for a Samsung that has 3gb ram or HTC or SONY. There are people who would never buy Chinese.  To them, China products are of low quality. I also do not like how they copy everything with little legal and monetary punishment.

However, you may not like it, but you can’t fight it. OPPO is one of the fastest growing brands in the world. Proof that people like it.

If you are a photo person take the OPPO. It takes good pictures. In addition, it has amazing specs and pleasing looks.

All in all, no phone can give you 100% of what you need. So way the options and liabilities choose your phone according to your need.

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