Oppo might not be as familiar as some smartphone names, but it has been around since 2001 and, and in 2019 it was ranked as the fifth biggest smartphone brand worldwide, and the top brand in China.
Its parent company also runs OnePlus – a brand which is making an increasingly large dent in the UK, and handsets from the two companies often share DNA.
Why choose an Oppo 5G phone?
Oppo, like many Chinese smartphone brands, sells high-end smartphones and even 5G phones for a substantially lower price than rivals from places like South Korea (such as Samsung and LG) and the US (such as Google and Apple).
While the phones are often cheaper though they’re not necessarily a step down in quality, packing top-end chipsets, all-screen designs, and most other things you’d expect from a flagship.
So Oppo is a brand to choose if you want a relatively affordable 5G phone without sacrificing specs or quality. This also makes it an appealing option for 5G SIM Only, since you can buy the phone outright without bankrupting yourself, then get a SIM Only plan for it.
Similarly, the relatively low prices make its phones good alternatives to a dedicated 5G broadband device. Just check you have 5G coverage first.
But Oppo has more than just cost going for it, as it also often makes fairly unique handsets, with things like shark fin pop-up cameras or rotating cameras. And speaking of cameras, photography is often a big focus for the brand, so if you’re a big smartphone snapper then you won’t go wrong with an Oppo.
Notable Oppo 5G phones
The Oppo Reno 5G was Oppo’s first 5G phone and one of the more notable early 5G phones from any brand, as it combined 5G with a relatively affordable price and some interesting features.
Those features include a pop-up selfie camera with a shark fin-like design, an all-screen front, and a camera capable of 10x hybrid zoom, so you can take high-quality shots from further away than most phones allow. That was all combined with a general assortment of flagship specs, making for a phone that’s tough to beat.