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No Dick Smith? No problem: Oppo strikes deal to sell phones at JB Hi-Fi

The Chinese smartphone maker has found a new home in JB Hi-Fi after Dick Smith announced its permanent closure.

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Chinese smartphone maker Oppo last year made significant moves to bolster its position in Australia, making a deal to have its devices be sold through local retailer Dick Smith.

That story has an unfortunate ending, as we know, with Dick Smith going into voluntary receivership in January and planning to close down its last store on May 3.

But now Oppo has found a new home, announcing on Thursday that, as of May 9, its smartphones will be sold nationwide through JB Hi-Fi stores. Chief among the products is the new R9, which starts at AU$599. The bigger R9 Plus will be available in-store from June.

The Chinese vendor has had a good year around the world, saying it sold 50 million phones in 2015. Oppo was also the world's fourth biggest smartphone maker in 2016's first quarter, according to a media release from research firm Strategy Analytics, selling 15.5 million phones.

Many of its devices can also be bought in Australia online through Optus.