Huawei vs Oppo | Which Smartphone Brand Is Better?

Huawei and Oppo are both Chinese smartphone manufacturers that have been growing rapidly in the past few years. Both companies make devices that are sold globally and have made a name for themselves as high-quality, well-designed, and affordable smartphones.

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It’s been 2 weeks since I made the last brand comparison guide, which was the Xiaomi vs Realme. We compared both companies based on their general services, pricing, design, battery life, hardware, and software.

To be honest with you, I have always wanted to write about Huawei ever since their ban from Google back in May 2019, so this is a good opportunity to do so. For those who might not know, Huawei was blacklisted by the US because they could allegedly be used by China for spying, via their 5G equipment.

So, the now ex-President Trump issued an executive order that bans the use of foreign telecommunications. This was a big hit to Huawei phone owners who sadly can’t use any Google Services such as Gmail, Google Chrome, YouTube app, Google Store, and more.

I suppose that you are planning to buy a smartphone and you are torn between these 2 brands, so in today’s guide, we are going to compare Huawei and Oppo to figure out which of these two brands gives you the best products.

Which brand is better, Huawei or Oppo?

When it comes to the overall specs, camera quality, battery life, and pricing, Huawei is better than Oppo. It no longer “officially” supports Google Services for devices released after May 15, 2019, but there is a way to use them with a brand new app gallery called GSpace.

Who Makes Oppo Phones?

Oppo phones are manufactured by Oppo Electronics Corporation, a Chinese electronics company headquartered in Dongguan, Guangdong Province. The company was founded in 2004 and has grown to become one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in China. It is not as popular as Huawei, even though its parent organization is the Chinese multinational BBK Electronics, which also owns big brands like Realme, OnePlus, and Vivo.

They did climb to the top of the Chinese market as the #1 smartphone OEM in the country. I suppose that you are planning to buy a smartphone and you are torn between these 2 brands, so in today’s guide, we are going to compare Huawei and Oppo to figure out which of these two brands gives you the best products.

Huawei & GSpace

There is, in fact, a way to use Google Services with Huawei as of 2022, and that’s GSpace. That’s essentially an app gallery that Huawei uses, and in that application, you have the option to download any Google app you might need.

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It has everything from Chrome, YouTube, and Gmail to Drive and Maps. I’m not sure how long this is going to last, but it’s a way for Huawei to cheat around their ban since they are not officially releasing any Android smartphones with Google Services.

Pricing

When it comes to pricing, both Huawei and Oppo have high-quality phones in the low and mid-range price ranges, and they will cost you about the same. The difference is in their high-end phones, where Huawei is more expensive, but their quality is far superior to Oppo’s. Additionally, it is very important to mention that Huawei offers a better cost-to-performance ratio, so their phones are the most worthwhile at their given price.

Design

They both have smooth and glossy designs, and their phones are fairly lightweight and easy to carry around. However, the main difference between these two brands is that Huawei has a wider range of colors than Oppo. This can be great if you’re looking for something that’s more colorful or unique in appearance, but if you’re just looking for a basic phone with a simple design then it doesn’t really matter which brand you choose.

This is always very subjective, but in my opinion, Huawei has the upper hand in phone design, even though their phones are a little bit heavier. They were among the first makers of folding smartphones, which is slowly becoming a trend with other brands following in their footsteps. Oppo also has some good designs, but nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, both brands look very similar, so just pick whatever smartphone design you like the best.

Battery Life

Both brands have large capacity batteries which will last for 1+ day with proper management before they turn off so you don’t really have to pick one based on their battery. The only warning here would be that Oppo’s fast charging technology can degrade battery capacity to 80% after a few years so that is something you should have on your mind before you choose to use a fast charger.

Huawei Camera Quality

When somebody talks to me about Huawei, the first thing that comes to mind is their top-notch camera quality. Take the P30 Pro’s Quad camera system as an example, which includes a 40MP, f/1.6 aperture wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization, a 20 MP ultra-wide angle lens with  f/2.2 aperture, an 8MP telephoto lens with f/3.4 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS) and a Huawei Time-of-Flight(TOF) camera.

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This means that no matter what type of photo you want to take—whether it’s landscape or portrait—the Huawei P30 Pro will be able to capture it well. And this is not even their current flagship. You can also shoot video in 4K resolution and low-light mode with the Huawei P30 Pro, making it perfect for taking videos while traveling or when you’re out with friends after dark (or anytime). Overall, Huawei phones easily get a spot in the top 3 when it comes to camera quality. It goes like this: Apple > Samsung > Huawei!

Telephoto Lens

With the use of the new periscope telephoto lens, greater optical zooming capabilities are crammed into a small chassis without sacrificing image quality. This SuperZoom lens has a 10x hybrid zoom and a maximum of 50x zoom so it can essentially put the moon right in front of your eyes with pretty decent resolution and detail. It also works in conjunction with the 40 MP main camera’s ability to give color saturation and the steadiness of OIS.

Huawei Time-of-Flight(TOF) Camera

The most recent high-end smartphones of Huawei have a function called ToF (Time-of-Flight). Because of its improved depth resolution, which has been characterized as being four times greater than previous cameras, it has been advertised as a “Super Sensing Camera”.

(For those who don’t know, Distance-to-Subject, also known as “Depth Resolution,” is another term for identifying the subject from the closest point (foreground) to the farthest point (background)). By increasing the depth of field, the subject is isolated in the picture and has a clearer, sharper focus.

Software | Hardware

As for their software, Huawei had a good opportunity to stop using Android after the ban on their devices, but instead, they continued to use the open source code of the Android operating system until they were ready to launch their own operating system, which is HarmonyOS. Oppo, on the other hand, is using ColorOS, which is based on Google’s Android. Both brands give the user options to make optimizations and changes, but overall, both of them are pretty decent operating systems.

When it comes to their hardware, Huawei beats Oppo phones by a wide margin since their specs are just better overall. The only thing that Oppo can compete with is their cameras. I have to admit that, similar to Realme phones, their cameras are excellent for their price. Overall, Huawei is the winner here with superior specs.

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Advantages and drawbacks:

If we want to be completely honest, both brands have advantages and disadvantages, just like any other company out there. Below is a list of all of them:

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Huawei Pros – Cons

Pros

  • Exceptional cameras that can even go toe to toe with Apple’s and Samsung’s flagship phones.
  • Fast charging is available.
  • One of the first brands to have folding smartphones.
  • Very affordable prices in comparison to their competitors.
  • Very good Battery Life with 1+ day of usage until it turns off.
  • They have curved phones with stylish designs.
  • Monthly security updates.
  • Easy transfer of data with Huawei HiSuite.
  • High-quality specs at a reasonable price which provides a really good Performance to Cost Ratio.
  • They have many more product lines which involve Smart TVs, computers, smartwatches, and more.
  • Good customer support.
  • They have their own community where you can ask for help if needed.

Cons

  • Huawei phones are slightly heavier.
  • Some of the older models are known to be a bit laggy at times.
  • Issues with their operating system when you try to share apps from android to HarmonyOS.
  • Huawei does not use Gorilla Glass very often in their devices so you might have to purchase a Screen Protector.

Oppo Pros – Cons

Pros

  • Excellent camera features.
  • The large battery capacity is similar to Huawei and other Chinese brands.
  • Very good budget phones.
  • They have their own community and forums like most brands out there.
  • A lot of their devices have Gorilla glass.
  • They are frequently adding new features.
  • Stylish design.
  • Good customer support.

Cons

  • No software updates so you will stay with the same ColorOS API version until you purchase another phone.
  • The Specs that they offer can definitely be improved.
  • Some models can have heating issues.
  • Their fast charging technology can degrade battery capacity to about 80%.
  • Oppo phones have a nice design but nothing unique.

Conclusion

Finally, both brands have a lot to offer you, even though you will have to consider their drawbacks before purchasing. I highly recommend you buy a Huawei phone over an Oppo since you can now have Google services. I don’t think that, by any means, Oppo is a bad brand for you to consider, but in my opinion, their phones are not that premium.

If you are interested in a budget phone for around $100-$150, Oppo could give you a very reasonable solution. If you have any further questions or ideas for future posts, make sure to let me know in the comments down below.

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