If you are in Harare and you frequent the 1st street/George Silundika section of the city you might have seen a nice looking green sign with OPPO written in white.
I totally beamed with excitement seeing that brand in Harare streets I mean these guys own OnePlus which in my head meant the flagship killer is making its way to the streets of Zimbabwe.
Stepped into the shop and the display shelves were still on the empty side but that was not the end of it. No OPPO was in sight. Just a couple of rows of midrange ZTE smartphones and tablets.
Now if you were following recent events, Huawei’s mobile division as well as Samsung Mobile Zim backtracked on us ‘Zimbabwe’ because of the cash/forex mayhem that we found ourselves in and the only remaining brands with proper support were GTel, Tecno, Itel, Astro (somewhat) and Apple.
This to me is a very limited pallet of brand choices and the coming of OPPO looked like a shiny good looking step in the right direction towards a wider variety of devices available in the Zim market…’and also more devices for me to review’
BUT…something also seemed amiss. It’s fine for a 3rd party like Goldtech or an Econet Shop to have competing brands sharing some shelf space. However here I find ZTE and OPPO banners in an OPPO branded store with not OPPO but ZTE devices on its shelves. Well, how about that huh?
So behind the scenes there’s a company called SATEWAVE TECHNOLOGIES a Technology company majoring in Solar Systems, Telecommunications and CCTV Command centers which is facilitating these devices’ appearance inside our boarders.
Again if you roam around the heart of Harare that is 1st Street and you pay enough attention you must have seen some fancy looking contraptions with Satewave branding.
These are e-waste bins used to dump electronic waste that includes dead chargers, earphones, gadgets and so forth not the empty cans and plastic bottles I have been seeing being packed into the poor things. We are better than this guys come on.
Now they, “OPPO/ZTE store employees” say that OPPO devices will arrive soon but with no specific date. Maybe we might start seeing them January when companies open their books for the year.
I’m still excited of the idea of them bringing it. As soon as it lands we’ll let you know. I’m curious to find out your thoughts on the arrival of OPPO. If they come, are you gonna rush to buy one?