Oppo has acknowledged that its operations in Germany are “on hold” for the time being, following reports last week that it, along with OnePlus, was intending to leave much of Europe.
To rewind a little, amid their continuing legal issue with Nokia, Oppo, and OnePlus both temporarily halted sales of new smartphones in Germany last year. Except for a report that both Oppo and OnePlus were preparing a larger withdrawal from Europe last week, not much has changed since then.
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Companies in the United Kingdom, Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Germany were said to be considering leaving the country, according to the rumor. The Finnish, Swedish, and Dutch brands, as well as the global competitive market, are all expected to feel the effects of the ongoing patent dispute between Apple and Nokia.
Both OnePlus and Oppo later issued statements denying the claims. The company told GSMArena that they had already released “many items” in Europe this year and have more planned for the rest of the year.
“We had a great start in 2023 with the successful launches of several products in Europe and have a line-up of upcoming products for the rest of the year. As always, Oppo will continue to provide more innovative products and the best-in-class service for users moving forward.”
That remark notably lacks any firm commitment to the European market. In a statement to Andreas Floemer of the German website T3N, Oppo stated that its German business is still “on pause” owing to the ongoing Nokia issue, citing ongoing negotiations and the hope that the situation will “be resolved eventually.” But, the company insists it is “not abandoning” Germany.
“OPPO is not leaving the German market, but the business has been put on hold due to the current injunction in the German market. OPPO is still negotiating with Nokia proactively and we believe the matter will be resolved eventually.”
It’s not exactly encouraging news for Oppo’s sales prospects in Germany or across Europe, but more information is welcome.
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