OPPO will start shipping smartphones without chargers in their boxes from 2023
OPPO has launched the Reno8 and 8 Pro for the European market, thereby briinging their AMOLED displays and lesser-spotted Dimensity 1300 and Dimensity 8100-MAX (complete with a series-first MariSilicon X co-processor) respectively. They start at €599.90 (~US$597) or €799.90 (~US$797) for 8GB RAM/256GB internal storage base models.
Accordingly, both smartphones might be welcome additions to a market low on devices with their new MediaTek chipsets. Unfortunately for them, OPPO had something else to say during their launch that might detract from their unveiling somewhat.
OPPO has maintained its excellent track record of bundling chargers with each new smartphone it sells, regardless of how many other mobile device OEMs abandon the practice. The company's vice-president of overseas sales and services, Billy Zhang, reportedly broke the news that this is no longer the case during its latest European product event, however.
The change will not affect all lines and series currently released by OPPO; however, it is certain that the remainder will be without power bricks as standard from 2023 onward, regardless of their need for the specific SuperVOOC technology for their maximum charging speeds that tends to evolve from year to year.
In fact, Zhang indicated that customers affected by those changes will have to buy new chargers as OPPO's international retail capabilities (which have historically never been great) "expand" over the next few years.
Therefore, this new move might be great for the OEM's environmental reputation, but less so for fans of its smartphones - and also, possibly, those of OnePlus too.