With the Oppo Find 7a now available for US customers to buy online unlocked, with LTE to boot, Oppo has proven that it doesn’t need to be difficult to sell Chinese devices in the US at all. The Find 7 isn’t the only device that Oppo has to offer right now of course, and in China there’s more than just their latest and greatest flagship on sale. Here in the US though, we can only really get our hands on the Find 5 and the Find 7, but that might be about to change, as one of Oppo’s more affordable devices has just passed through the FCC, and as Engadget have spotted, it brings with it support for US LTE. Specifically AT&T, but it should theoretically work with T-Mobile’s 4G as well.
The R1 is more of an affordable device from Oppo, with a 5-inch 720p display and a pretty mediocre MediaTek MT6582 at the heart of things. That MediaTek CPU means it’s running Android 4.2 as well, but hopefully Oppo can do some update magic here. While the majority of the R1 is definitely designed to offer a compromise on price and performance, the camera on the device is pretty capable, indeed. With an 8-megapixel sensor and a speedy f/2.0 aperture, this is one of the better camera experiences you’re likely to find on a budget device.
As Engadget have discovered, the R1 has passed through the FCC, which could be a hint that the Chinese company is intending to sell the R1 here in the States as well as the Find 7 and Find 5. With little else to go on though, we’ll have to wait and see, but more competition in the lower-end is certainly something we’d welcome. With contract pricing constantly on the rise, it often makes more sense to purchase your own device and then pay for cheaper service, and the R1 could be a good device to do that with. Would you have any qualms about buying from a Chinese manufacturer? Let us know in the comments below.