Could a Windows Phone 8 device by Chinese OEM OPPO be coming soon?
Almost exactly a year ago, Chinese device manufacturer OPPO was rumored to be working on a Windows Phone 8 device that was slated for a 2013 release. If recent images that were posted on Sina Weibo (Twitter's Chinese counterpart) by OPPO’s Social Marketing Director Li Ying Ming are to be believed, then the rumors could be close to coming to fruition. The pictures show what appears to be a mockup (translation: not a real) of OPPO's Android-powered Find 5 running Windows Phone 8.
The fact that the alleged Windows Phone is sporting Nokia-exclusive apps, like Angry Birds Roost, on its start screen tells us that these are renderings. However, they are enough to also tell us that an OPPO Windows Phone 8 device could be a reality.
It could be that OPPO will base its design on the Find 5, or at least incorporate some of the same features. If that is the case, it is likely that, like the Find 5, the phone would have a display with 1080p resolution, a feature that will not be available for Windows Phone 8 until the General Distribution Release (GDR3) update. That would mean that consumers would not see OPPO's Windows Phone on shelves until Fall 2013 at the earliest.
We think that it's a positive sign that another OEM may be entering the Windows Phone arena. It helps build the brand and raise awareness amongst consumers. While Nokia, has far and away seen the most success with Windows Phone, Samsung and HTC have committed to Windows Phone on varying levels and continued to produce consistently. Huawei hit the ground running with the Ascend W1 and Ascend W2 and has also seen a positive response.
But what do you think of another manufacturer entering the fray? Would you be interested in an OPPO Windows Phone 8 device?
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The only other company that I would be just as excited to see start making Windows Phones would be Hisense - another Chinese OEM making a big name for themselves in the consumer electronics industry by making high quality electronics, and selling them at super affordable prices. Hisense specializes on HDTVs, but if their recently released Sero 7 Pro Android tablet is anything to go by, they have it in them to trounce the likes of Asus and Samsung in the mobile space. I'd be really happy to see them start supporting the Windows ecosystem with some low priced Windows 8.1 tablets, and a line of low priced WP8s to complement the low prices that Nokia has established with the Lumia 520/521. If between Nokia and Hisense we could start getting a decent amount of high quality, low priced Windows Phone 8 devices into price sensative markets around the world, then Windows Phone could really start to making some serious headway in global marketshare gains.
I would love to try one of their phones.
The Find 5 is a beautiful handset. Check out their webpage... Stunning.
How is it that Android phones always manage to make hardware with minimal bezel? What are we missing here?
But if I thought about the whole ecosystem, Nokia definitely the first, ... Then it might be Oppo on might be second. I never consider HTC, Samsung and Huawei. They have same kind of lacking-support so it might be on par with Oppo, except Oppo has nice design. The story whould be changed though if HTC decided to make One based WP :)