A recent report that OnePlus and Oppo were about to withdraw from the U.K. and other European countries seems to be inaccurate, at least in OnePlus' case.
Leaker Max Jambor tweeted a claim the twin Chinese phone makers will soon be announcing their withdrawal from the U.K., Germany, France and the Netherlands, with the companies' status in the rest of Europe up in the air, further tweets said.
However, OnePlus and Oppo have confirmed to Tom's Guide this isn't the case.
“OPPO and OnePlus are committed to all the existing European markets. 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 and OnePlus will continue to provide more innovative products and the best-in-class service for users moving forward.”
Jambor is usually a source of accurate OnePlus leaks, so it seems odd that he'd go all-in on a rumor as big as this. OnePlus and Oppo are currently in a dispute over patents with Nokia in Germany, and as a result, neither have sold phones there since mid-last year, so perhaps there are rumblings of a permanent exit there. Fortunately for the rest of Europe, these two phone makers seem to be sticking around for the foreseeable.
Not going anywhere
Leaving Europe would have been a very sudden decision for Oppo and OnePlus, given that the OnePlus 11 and Oppo Find N2 Flip only just launched in the past month, with Oppo also currently sponsoring the UEFA Champions League, one of the biggest sporting events in Europe.
We really like both the OnePlus 11 and Oppo Find N2 Flip, plus many of the companies' previous phones, so we're glad we'll continue to get more phones. Smartphone buyers deserve as many high-quality phone options as possible, and losing both OnePlus and Oppo would have meant two fewer competitors to challenge the dominant Apple and Samsung.
We've been looking forward to OnePlus' upcoming devices too, such as the OnePlus Pad and the rumored OnePlus V Fold. While these have been announced (or at least teased), we're still not sure when they're coming to the U.K. or European markets, let alone the rest of the world.
OnePlus has announced it'll be debuting a new cheaper OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite phone at the start of next month, while Oppo's staying quiet for now about its next big release. Hopefully whatever comes next will be sold all over Europe (and the U.S. too in OnePlus' case), and we can rely on OnePlus and Oppo to provide exciting alternative devices for Android users for a long time to come.