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OPPO Malaysia has been a vanguard against the production of counterfeit mobile devices, publicly declaring that the production of fake OPPO smartphones was rampant as well as issuing official certificates to their authorised retailers.
Spending all your hard earned money on a fake device has to be one of the most heartbreaking things ever, so OPPO Malaysia teamed up with the Ministry of Domestic Trade Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) to crack down on these counterfeit bandits.
Looking for a flagship level device without spending more than a thousand ringgit? You could consider this limited stock offer on 11street. The OPPO Find 7 is more than a year old now but it still remains their flagship device based on spec and features. It gets a 5.5″ Quad HD display, a 2.5GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and a size-able 32GB of storage.
Recently a brawl at Low Yat Plaza had occurred which was reported to have started as a shoplifting incident and then escalated into a bigger mess. As usual, there are several accounts of what really happened including one that claims to be a cheating case between a buyer and seller. Kuala Lumpur’s CID chief has mentioned that the incident was pure thuggery and it isn’t racially driven as some quarters might have posted on Facebook.
On the allegation of selling fake phones, OPPO Malaysia has immediately issued a statement that they are taking a hard stance on counterfeit products. OPPO is having a challenge of tackling counterfeit OPPO smart phones in our local market and they urged consumers to purchase only from their authorised outlets. They maintained that their official outlets, dealers, distributors and partners are carefully selected to provide the highest quality of service and most importantly to sell genuine OPPO products.
As reported earlier, there’s a growing number of fake OPPO smart phones in the Malaysian market. OPPO is aware of the situation and they had even released a guide on how to spot a fake N3 smart phone.
The sale of fake products would obviously harm their brand as unsuspecting victims would experience sub-par quality compared the real deal. To step up its campaign against cheap fakes, OPPO Malaysia has introduced an online IMEI checking tool for users to verify their smart phone purchase.
You would need to pay more for smart Phones and various electronics when GST takes effect this April 1st. Now OPPO is doing something different by offering to pay for your GST.
We are pretty sure OPPO would need to pay 6% tax and they will be absorbing it into their selling price to mitigate any price increase towards its customers. So that means there’s no change of price on their smart phones starting next week. Also this could be potential RM125 savings on 6% GST if you’re planning to get the OPPO N3 that costs RM2,098 outright.
Qualcomm‘s pretty proud of it’s Quick Charging 2.0 tech, with the top tier smartphones using their chipset all packing the technology. To showcase it, they’ve taken the Motorola Nexus 6 and tested three of them with different chargers to show just how great it works; but OPPO isn’t impressed.
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The Find 7 is still the flag bearer for OPPO with a Quad HD display and similar hardware internals with its OnePlus One cousin. After a year since its release, OPPO is still committed of pushing software updates and they have just released its new ColorOS 2.0.7i version.
As usual, it fixes a couple of bugs reported with its previous version and there are couple of performance tweaks as well. Since it is Beta, you would need to flash this manually on your Find 7/7a. If you are currently on its 2.0.6i BETA, the new version will be pushed Over the Air (OTA). Probably the biggest bummer is that it’s still running on Android 4.4.2 KitKat. Word has it that OPPO might bypass version 4.4.4 and jump straight to Lollipop, but there’s still no confirmation of its actual roll out date.
The Chinese brands have been coming out strong especially in 2014 but if they intend to capture more customers from a loyalty standpoint, they would need to be more committed to regular software updates. Most mainstream brands have already rolled out or in the process of updating its last year flagships to Android 5.0 Lollipop. This is something which the Chinese brands can overcome but only if they make it as a priority.
Fake smart phones are a serious problem and there are plenty of cases where consumers are conned with subpar imitations, thinking they are the real deal. It isn’t just limited to high-end devices either. Even cloned units of the already affordable Redmi Note has been spotted in Malaysia.
Now OPPO Malaysia is having a similar headache as well. In an official statement, there are 644 cases of counterfeit OPPO smart phones reported so far in Malaysia alone. This was discovered when some unknowing victims had sent their fake devices to OPPO service centres, which includes its OPPO Find 7 flagship as well as their latest OPPO N3 smart phone with a self-motorised camera. Don’t be surprised if more models are affected as the N1 look-alike was even spotted with a reputable camera brand at CES 2015.
OPPO is still stuck with Android 4.4 KitKat but they are improving the software experience with a newer Color OS 2.0. To add more functionionality and features, they have just released a beta version of its new ColorOS 2.0.5i Beta for its OPPO Find 7 and Find 7a.
Some of the new changes include App Batch Edit, where you can manage and move multiple apps at one go on the home screen. Another new addition is a Super Macro camera plug in, customised backup location for microSD and a revised notifications control feature.
If you’re interested and adventurous enough to try out this Beta release, you can download the firmware from OPPO Forums which is about 978MB in size. Watch the ColorOS 2.0.5i walkthrough video after the break.