Microsoft is recruiting more OEMs for its grand Windows Phone 8 plan. According to WPDang’s sources, Chinese emerging phone OEM Oppo has just earned the trust and approval of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division, and might be releasing new device(s) based on Windows Phone 8 in 2013.
Oppo is quite a new player in the phone game. It started off as a portable media player manufacturer, then progressed onto feature phones, then smartphones. Its target audience is primarily young adults who are generally not very well funded but super fashion-aware nonetheless. In recent years it has made a hit with a series of “Find Me” adverts featuring Leonardo Dicaprio for its “Find” line of Android phones. “Find 3″ recently released by Oppo is just 6.65mm thick, probablly the thinnest smartphone out there for the moment. Although not as internationally renowned as Huawei and ZTE, Oppo certainly has its advantage in industrial design and young blood favor.
Talking about Find 3, the thing sports a Qualcomm MSM8260 processor (clocked at 1.5GHz) and 1GB of RAM, already better than HTC Rio, so it must have met Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 chassis. It won’t be a surprise if Oppo just shove a new OS into the existing hardware and call it a debut. That won’t necessarily be bad though, because a) Find 3 is physically nice anyway; b) the Android Find 3 is priced at about 2,500 CNY (391 USD), nice price point if the Windows Phoen version gets priced similarly.