Oppo announced that they are teaming up with Japan-based telecom operator KDDI and SoftBank to release 5G versions of their flagship smartphones. The partnership will oversee launches of the OPPO Find X2 Pro and OPPO Reno 3.
Their first flagship 5G mobile phone, Find X2 Pro, will be available on KDDI Omni-channels from July 22, and OPPO Reno3 5G version will be available for sale across SoftBank’s Omni-channels from July 31. KDDI and SoftBank are Japan’s leading telecom companies after NTT Docomo.
Japan is known as a high-end market for technology. Hence, it proves to be a good ground for smartphone brands to launch and test their latest technology. At present, the Japanese industry is committed to accelerating the large-scale commercial deployment of 5G.
Among them, KDDI and SoftBank are both leading local operators that actively steer the development of 5G. Japan aims to increase the use of 5G significantly by 2021.
OPPO Vice President and Global Sales President Wu Qiang said: “Japan has always been one of the overseas markets that OPPO attaches great importance to.
Over the past two years, we have always adhered to localized product customization, brand and product communication, and continue to satisfy Japanese consumers and partners for mobile phones.
With the advent of the 5G era, OPPO is also continuing to deepen cooperation with leading operator partners such as KDDI and Softbank, and achieved the first sale of OPPO’s two 5G mobile phones in July.”
OPPO fares well in international markets
The launch of 5G phones in Japan is OPPO’s latest move in international domains. This is a significant development because Chinese companies are currently facing flak all over the globe, Huawei being a prime example.
Huawei was placed on the USA trade blacklist, that prohibits it from using Google mobile services and another US-origin tech without a license.
In Q1 2020, Oppo accounted for 8 percent of the global smartphone market, compared to market leader Samsung, at 20 percent, and Huawei, which was the second-largest player with 17 percent of the market, according to a report in May by Hong Kong-based research firm Counterpoint.