OPPO Factory Tour: Visiting the Shenzhen OPPO Facilities Using My OPPO F3 Plus

Testing the Camera at the assembly line
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How do OPPO smartphones get built? Heres what I discovered from our recent OPPO Factory Tour in Shenzhen China

Together with around 30 tech and lifestyle bloggers, I recently went to Shenzhen, China to visit the Oppo factory.

Off to Shenzhen China to visit the OPPO Factory
Off to Shenzhen China to visit the OPPO Factory

Shenzhen, a simple fishing settlement turned into a mega city where the reputable tech corporations and other rising businesses are located is also home to OPPO. This part of China is where the factory of the OPPO smartphones reside.

So, would you like to know how the OPPO smartphones are made? This is what I have discovered from our recent trip to Shenzhen, China during the group’s OPPO Factory Tour.

Oppo, being the top 4 international smartphone company in the world headlines the leading innovation in both front and rear camera by presenting the most fashion-forward and lustrous smartphone units today.

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Being one of the front runners in technology, Oppo, we learned has come up with high-quality beautification and customized sensors to get the best image results each time. They have several factories located in Indonesia, China and India. Oppo was founded in 2001 and was internationally registered in 2004 and has been globally successful in the smartphone revolution ever since as proven by their rapid expansions.

Massive Assembly Line for OPPO R11 units
Massive Assembly Line for OPPO R11 units
OPPO Shenzhen Factory Tour
OPPO Shenzhen Factory Tour
We were asked to wear a lab gown since the assembly line is a dust free environment.
We were asked to wear a lab gown since the assembly line is a dust free environment.

We toured the OPPO factory in Shenzen as a team to learn about the ins and outs of the OPPO manufacturing processes and to witness first-hand how they manage to stay on top of their game in delivering quality smartphones.

Evolution of OPPO mobile phones
Evolution of OPPO mobile phones
Inside OPPO Assembly Line
Inside OPPO Assembly Line

Here are some of the things I learned about OPPO and I was truly amazed by how outstanding and very detailed their workmanship is.

Quality Check at the Assembly Line
Quality Check at the Assembly Line

Oppo has a contemporary factory where step by step procedures to produce the finest quality smartphones are being made. In 2012, Oppo had jump-started the “beautification revolution” with their U701 smartphone. Today, their most recent beautification, 4.0 embarked on the thriving F1 series and to this date, it still prospers in their latest OPPO R11 smartphone. I admire how clean and systematized their settings are. No wonder they are one of the top smartphone brands in the world.

Because OPPO continues to dedicate their knowledge in innovation, their journey to bring the best quality camera for their smartphones never stops. OPPO has also developed better algorithm software, camera module, and sensor, co-development with sensors and ISP (Image signal processing) customization for superior quality in modern camera phones.

Used Microchip Containers
Used Microchip Containers

OPPO also wants all their clients to be very satisfied with their smartphones which is why they make certain that all their phones go through rigorous stress test to make sure that what comes out of the factory and into the stores from which clients will buy are of top-notch quality.

Testing the Camera at the assembly line
Testing the Camera at the assembly line

These tests include battery charging, hot and cold environmental condition test, button test, camera test, cosmetic test, drop test (10cm, 1m and 1.8m), ear phone plugging test, Flash test, twist and bend test, pocket bend test, VOOC charging and rain test. And by these tests, we can all be sure that OPPO phones can endure all kinds of conditions and temperament.OPPO also boasts of a “green” and ecological office evident in the plants throughout their office. They also have a huge provision which comprise of their own canteen, gym, and recreation spaces for their employees.

OPPO also boasts of a “green” and ecological office evident in the plants throughout their office. They also have a huge provision which comprise of their own canteen, gym, and recreation spaces for their employees.

Static Electricity Test
Static Electricity Test

Here are the outline of my tour which proved to be very educational and deserving of an applause for good craftsmanship and effort.

The QE lab is where they scrutinize each handset to ensure that from the start to mass production, the quality is superb and spotless.These lab tests are separated based on their categories which consist of electrical performance tests, structural tests(destructive, structure-plug), environment aging test(continuous aging functional components, adaptability in various environments). I also learned that the total number of tests they do is more than 150 so that’s really a WOW!

OPPO Battery Charging Test
OPPO Battery Charging Test

Another test they did was the micro drop test where they toss the front and back parts of the handset from 7cm height for 20,000. They also did the same thing on the other side so each handset was pitched to a total of 42,000 times which is wild but they only do it so we’ll be satisfied with their phones so it’s alright.

micro drop test
micro drop test

After that test, button click test came in next. They tap each side key using a 1 kg force and punch the fingerprint key 1 million times and this makes sure that our OPPO phones can really survive wear and tear.

button click test
button click test

OPPO’s smartphones durability is being examined bit by bit. The other tests they showed us include the drop test where each handset is thrown on various heights starting from 1.0m in six surfaces, eight corners and 12 edges.

Drop Test
Drop Test

The press test is another test that re-acts a scene where you as a user may press the phone against a small object like a key for instance and see if the unit is damaged.

press test
press test

The next test is the tumble test to determine if the phone can handle falls without it being damaged. They showed us how they put the handset in a roller and had it rotate 75 times at a turning speed of 305 minutes; this is like throwing it from a 1m height 150x. They allow very minimal bruising on the four corners but its ability to function well cannot be put at risk so after the test, they examine the handset for signs of internal structural damage.

Rain Test
Rain Test

One of the last of these series of tests done is the Rain Test; IPX2 waterproofing grade (rainfall 60L/hour which is called moderate rain), they fling the handset at a 75 ° to all the four sides and after doing so, they clean the handset thoroughly to check if all functions are normal. They let the handset dry for three days to make sure the water inside the handset dissolves then they dismantle the handset to confirm that the main board BTB and display screen have no damages.

twist and bend test
twist and bend test

Next to this is the Salt Spray Test where they drench the surface of the handset and place it in a hot and humid environment of 55°C and 95%H. They then the handset out and put it in a normal temperature to expose it to air and inspect it thoroughly after that.

Environmental Work Test
Environmental Work Test

The second to the last test is the Environmental Work Test where they put the phones in a severe high-temperature environment of 85? for 500 hours. The phone should function well after this test and the RF index parameters must be within the target range

Additionally, they also tested the handsets in different conditions such as coffee, other drinks and floral water which imitates daily surroundings.

OPPO Factory Tour in Shenzhen China
OPPO Factory Tour in Shenzhen China

Presently, the company has 38 motherboard production lines and 25 small plate production lines. Their production capacity each month is 7.5 million motherboards and 25 million sub-boards.

To make sure of the superb functionality of all motherboards being manufactured, they make 3 key efforts at their SMT workshop. The first SMT equipment is from the best-in-class manufacturers globally, the second is the 18 quality inspections processes in total to guarantee that all their motherboards are working very well and the third is where the quality standard OPPO place in their workshop is at par in the technology industry.

Evolution of OPPO Smartphones
Evolution of OPPO Smartphones

After every machine testing, they use another machine to ensure the products they produce are not only working properly but a smartphone that the consumer actually wants and are thankful for buying.Their production faculty is about 10,000 a day which amounts to 2.5 of the production capacity of a manual test line.

And lastly the Assembly Line Workshop for each handset is where the particles of the phones are collected to be the end products. There are 26 total assembly line workshop.

Their Assembly Line Workshops on the third floor are all producing R11 and each of the production line is divided into 2 segments; assembly segment and testing segment.

Screen Test
Screen Test

As an OPPO user, I have to say that I was thrilled to be invited to tour their facilities. Their modern factory together with their remarkable skills in being the leader in modern technology can really make any rival company so scared right now.

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And to think it’s amazing that all handsets they manufacture undergo these tests is an understatement. The long processes, the detailed testing and all the patience with each handset is admirable; no wonder their company is really reaching its peak year after year.

To be able to give what the consumers need and to give them value for their money is simply outstanding and as a consumer myself, I’m thankful that there is a brand that really put their consumers’ welfare first.

Scenic View from OPPO Headquarters in Shenzhen China
Scenic View from OPPO Headquarters in Shenzhen China

OPPO (offical website) is today and always and that I can honestly say.

With this being said, there is no doubt that the stigma attached to China –made products is completely unreal as proven by the recently introduced OPPO F3, F3 Plus and R11.

OPPO Shenzhen HQ
OPPO Shenzhen HQ
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