Oppo has announced its first Australian telco partnership, with Optus set to offer the Oppo R7 smartphone on plan, starting from today.
The Chinese-based Oppo, beginning with four different phone models. Initially, the products were only available via the company's own e-commerce site, but a recent deal with electronics retailer Dick Smith saw the Oppo range available in 400 Dick Smith stores around Australia from July 14.
The Dick Smith deal has also resulted into a number of Oppo 'experience zones' being deployed in retail stores, allowing customers to trial the R7.
The Oppo R7 features a 5-inch Full HD screen, has an aluminium alloy unibody frame and a Qualcomm octa-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. A 2,320 mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 3GB of memory round out the specs. The R7 also features Oppo's VOOC Flash charging technology: The phone can get to a 75 percent charge in 30 minutes and as little as five minutes charging can power a "2-hour phone call," according to the company.
According to Oppo, Optus will offer the R7 on a AU$40 a month plan with no handset repayments. The plans will feature unlimited calls and text and 500MB of data. The total minimum cost over 24 months is AU$960. The phone is also available for purchase outright from both Oppo and Dick Smith for AU$449.
An Optus spokesperson later clarified that the R7 was available from August 3 in-store but would not be offered online until August 4.
Updated 3.10 p.m. AEST: Added comment and clarification from Optus.