Oppo and OnePlus leave France? Brands respond to rumors
There are rumors that the OPlus company, behind OnePlus and Oppo, has decided to stop charging in Europe. France would be among the first countries abandoned by the manufacturer.
Our prize for the best smartphone of the year 2022 given to the Oppo Find X5 Pro will not have been lucky. According to two tweets published on the morning of Monday March 27, 2023 by Max Jambor reputable leaker and account Snoopy Tech, Oppo and OnePlus are reportedly planning to withdraw from Europe. Information corroborated by a blog post on the site 36Kr. Max Jambor even claims in another tweet that an official statement will be released soon.
I can confirm: OPPO and OnePlus are pulling out of Europe. First to leave are Germany, UK, France and Netherlands.
— Max Jambor (@MaxJmb) March 27, 2023
NB. Article updated March 27, 2023 at 3:02 p.m. with OnePlus’ statement to The Verge, then at 4:25 p.m. with Roland Quandt’s tweet. New update at 5:23 p.m. with statement from Oppo France.
France would be among the first countries affected, along with Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The Oppo Find N2 Flip and the OnePlus 11 would therefore be among the last phones released by the brand in France. Note, however, that an event for the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite concerning France is planned for the beginning of April.
According Roland Quandtjournalist at WinFuture and reputed to be very reliable, Oppo is planning to close its German branch by the end of June. The journalist explains: “Which does not necessarily mean that they are closing their operations in the EU, which is also headquartered in Germany. »
OnePlus and Oppo deny the rumor
According to a tweet of the journalist of The Verge OnePlus Global PR Manager Jon Porter, James Paterson, denies the allegations: “OnePlus will not withdraw from Europe and the UK and will maintain stable business in local markets. OnePlus will continue to invest in Europe and provide more innovative products and solutions to its users. » It should be noted that the other countries, including France, are not mentioned in this declaration.
Oppo France contacted us about these rumours. Here is their statement:
“OPPO and OnePlus maintain their commitments in all European markets in which they are present. We have had a great start to 2023 with successful launches of several products in Europe and we have a range of products to come for the rest of the year. As always, OPPO and OnePlus will continue to provide more innovative products and the best service for users. »
Catastrophic year 2022
To say that for several weeks, the rumors surrounding a possible cessation of Oppo’s activities in France have been more and more pressing is an understatement. We ourselves noticed a few weeks ago that Realme, which belongs to the same group, had closed its French offices, an indisputable sign of a slowdown in activity. Corridor rumors had also been advancing for several weeks that the Oppo Find X6 Pro, flagship of the brand, would not be released in France, which was still quite a surprise after a rave reviews for the previous one.
Oppo comes out of the year 2022 very weak. According to our estimates based on IDC figures, the company saw its phone sales worldwide drop by 22.7% and would therefore have sold 30 million less appliances the previous year.
Another item cited by 36Kr is based on a legal dispute between Oplus and Nokia. The Finnish brand accuses Oppo and Oneplus of having used 4G and 5G technologies illegally. Oppo having lost its lawsuit, sales of its products were interrupted in August 2022 in Germany. Are we witnessing the repercussions of this affair for the rest of Europe? This is what some observers say.
In any case, for the moment, Oppo and OnePlus are reassuring. There is nevertheless reason to believe that the company is going through significant difficulties and we cannot therefore give a blank check to these statements, even if they are authentic for the time being.
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