Best Oppo phones in South Africa

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Oppo as a smartphone brand in South Africa was introduced in 2020 with the release of their cheapest smartphone, the Oppo A15. It is still available for sale in South Africa, but let’s have a look at which other phones are there to pick from.

The Oppo is shortchanging us a bit in South Africa, having only made available for sale the A Series and Reno Series phones. There are Oppo K Series and Oppo Find X series, which are popular in markets like India but are not available on our local shores.

South Africans might have the name Oppo on the tip of their tongues because the brand is the official mobile partner of the Orlando Pirates football club.

The Oppo mobile partnership with Orlando Pirates was reported in January 2022. Source:

Oppo smartphone range in South Africa

Oppo A Series phones

The Oppo A Series of smartphones seems aimed at the mid-range cellphone market, the Chinese technology brand’s entry-level phone here in South Africa.

Oppo has also made it quite simple to follow which A Series smartphone falls where:

  • A15 to A16 are the cheapest models with basic specs
  • A53 to A57 specs are a bit higher, with entry-level smartphone specs, but basic cameras
  • The A72 to A77 5G have mid-range specs but with very good cameras
  • And then the A77 5G to A98 5G smartphones are given the premium smartphone specifications treatment
Oppo A16 32GB
Oppo A16 32GB. Image source:

The popular Oppo A15 phone is in a competitive market in the entry-level smartphone category with the Samsung Galaxy A13 LTE and the Huawei Nova Y60 as its main competitors. The Oppo A16, released in 2021, succeeds the A15 which was released in 2020. The Oppo A16, therefore, is the most latest cheap Oppo smartphone on the market.

On the other end, in the mid-range smartphone market, the OPPO A77 5G and OPPO A98 5G punche big! Fingerprint and face unlock, MFC for tap-to-pay, plus 5G internet speeds certainly ask for you to take a second look at it.

Check out a quick review of the OPPO A98 5G.

Here is a list of the Oppo A Series phones and the year of their release:

  • OPPO A98 5G
  • OPPO A78 and A78 5G (2023)
  • OPPO A77 5G (2022)
  • OPPO A74 5G (2021)
  • OPPO A72 (2020)
  • OPPO A57s and A57 (2022)
  • OPPO A54s (2021)
  • OPPO A53s (2020)
  • OPPO A16 and A16s (2021)
  • OPPO A15 (2020)

Oppo Reno Series phones

The Oppo Reno Series range of smartphones are at the high end of the smartphone market with their big 8GB RAM and big cameras. All of the Reno Series phones available in South Africa are 5G phones. This is great if you live in a 5G area as you can enjoy the speeds on these dual-SIM phones with their HD screens.

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Here is a list of the Oppo Reno Series phones and the year of their release:

  • OPPO Reno10 5G and Reno10 Pro+ 5G (2023)
  • OPPO Reno8 5G and Reno8 5G Pro 5G (2022)
  • OPPO Reno7 5G and Reno7Z 5G (2022)
  • Reno5 5G (2020)

Cheap Oppo phones

The basic smartphones Oppo A15 or the A16 are the cheapest Oppo smartphones available for sale in South Africa. With the specs on these phones, you’re able to install apps like WhatsApp or Instagram and not have any major performance problems.

Oppo A16 32GB (2021)

CamerasMain camera 13MP
Selfie camera 8MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size starts at 3GB
Storage Size starts at 32GB
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionHD (1600×720) 6.52-inch screen
FeaturesFingerprint unlock
PriceOn sale for R2,499 from Cellucity
Oppo A16 32GB specs, features, and price.
The OPPO A16 32GB is the best cheap Oppo smartphone.

The Oppo A16 smartphone is the best cheap Oppo smartphone because it is the latest version of their lowest basic smartphone. For those who will use it for basic communication, it will serve well.

You could get the cheaper Oppo A15 cheaper (R2,299 from Mr Price), but it is an older phone from 2020 with an older version of Android and a smaller RAM processor.

Oppo’s best camera smartphone

A camera phone is a perfect point-and-shoot camera and home video recorder, always handy with the ability to be taken anywhere.

What we’re looking for in a good camera is a mixture of:

  • Over 50MP main camera, to enable greater detail in the images you take, and an over 13MP selfie camera for good quality face shots
  • A great optic lens ensures quality videos and images
  • Software and hardware technology that enables optical and digital zoom ability

Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G (2023)

CamerasMain camera 50MP, 64MP Periscope, 4K video recording
Selfie camera 32MP HD recording
RAM and StorageRAM Size starts at 12GB
Storage Size starts at 256GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionHD (2772×1240) 6.7-inch screen
AMOLED display with 1 Billion colours
FeaturesFingerprint unlock, fast charging, NFC for tap-to-pay
PriceOn sale for R20,699 from Vodacom, locked to Vodacom
Oppo Reno10 Pro+ 5G 256GB specs, features, and price.
The best phone for vlogging from Oppo is the Reno10 Pro+ 5G.

Where to get Oppo phones

Buy your Oppo phone online at these stores:

  • Mondo
  • Makro
  • Incredible Connection
  • Accessory Lab
  • Vodacom
  • Technomobi
  • Game stores
  • takealot
  • Hi Cell Cellular
  • Hi Online
  • Cell C
  • Chatz Connect
  • Cellucity
  • MTN
  • Telkom

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