Oppo claims Consumer New Zealand's top mobile phone award for third year running

 The new phones will come with a three-year consumer warranty.
The new phones will come with a three-year consumer warranty. Photo credit: Supplied / Oppo

Oppo, due to launch its new flagship smartphone in Aotearoa later this month, has picked up a top plaudit from Kiwis for the third year in a row.

The Chinese tech manufacturer has been awarded Consumer New Zealand's Top Brand in the mobile phone category again.

The award is based on independent lab testing and member surveys of product reliability and owner satisfaction.

"We're happy to award Top Brand to Oppo," Consumer NZ chief executive Jon Duffy said.

"We appreciate their dedication to producing products that are held in high regard by customers."

Twelve of the 16 Oppo phones lab-tested by Consumer NZ recently received an above average score, with Oppo also receiving an 'excellence' rating for reliability.

Nick Gelling, Consumer NZ's product test writer, said the market-leading reliability and high-test scoring from Oppo was especially impressive.

"Even a $400 entry-level Oppo is one you can trust," he wrote.

Oppo NZ managing director, Morgan Halim said it was an honour to win the award again.

"Having been in the market for five years and being recognised as the Consumer Top Brand for the past three is a great achievement and demonstrates our customer-centric approach to deliver high-quality technology to our customers," Halim said.

"We're excited to continue finding ways to improve customer experiences and continue providing reliable technology that Kiwi's love for a long time to come."

At the Auckland unveiling of the new Find X5 series last month, Oppo announced it was going to offer a three-year manufacturer's warranty - a year longer than in other markets - for the phones.

Three years of software and security updates are included too.

Samsung, one of the other top brands in Aotearoa, guarantees its phones get three years of major Android OS updates and four years of security updates. However, Samsung phones come with a two-year manufacturer's warranty.

The three-year warranty is also 300 percent of the single year Apple customers get with a new iPhone, unless they pay for extra cover.

When it launches, Oppo's Find X5 Pro will go head to head with Samsung's new S22 range and Apple's iPhone 13 range in the premium phone market in New Zealand.

The X5 Pro has 12GB of RAM and like Samsung's S22 range is powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip.