Oppo might not be as familiar as some smartphone names, but it has been around since 2001 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 of the 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
Oppo has a wide range of 5G phones, but highlights include the Oppo Find X2 Pro, which is the company’s 2020 flagship. This has a 6.7-inch 1440 x 3168 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a triple-lens camera with 5x optical zoom, one of the best chipsets of 2020 (the Snapdragon 865), and 12GB of RAM.
But if you’ve got less to spend then there’s also the Reno 4 range, such as the Oppo Reno 4 Z 5G, a phone with a 6.57-inch Full HD+ LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a quad-lens camera and upper mid-range power, or the Oppo Reno 4 Pro 5G, which has a 6.55-inch 1080 x 2400 AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, a triple-lens camera and a speedy Snapdragon 765G chipset.