Note: because context is important, we've explained the whole situation. The current status is that OnePlus has denied that they will be leaving the European market.
28-03-2023, 15:32 CET
According to journalist Prakhar Khanna, the OPPO EU PR team said the following in a statement:
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.
Regarding the infringement of Nokia's patents, OPPO said the following:
Currently, the impact of the injunction is limited to the German market. OPPO is operating as usual in other European countries. We are committed to our existing markets and still working proactively to resolve the matter with Nokia. Meanwhile, all users, including German users, can continue to use their products, receive after-sale service and future OTAs, etc.
birds are chirping, phones are piling. Oppo is shutting down their German team by the end of June. (which does not necessarily mean they're shutting their EU ops, which is also headquartered in Germany)
This was sent as a clarification. Still, it does not rule out internal changes, teams shutting down or reorganizing. There is no "withdrawal from Europe" though, it seems. I trust my sources (re .de team being shut) + I believe what
@MaxJmb posted came from a trustworthy source.
This is likely the usual PR denial. Keep an eye on LinkedIn and watch it happen, one of my friends told me today. Will do, I promise.
Earlier today, on the 27th of March, Max Jambor claimed that OnePlus will be leaving the European market, starting with Germany, the UK, France and The Netherlands. He also said that only the listed countries would be closed, and not Europe as a whole. Not much later, several users speculated that this was the result of losing a lawsuit against Nokia, which OPPO (OnePlus' sister company) had already lost in Germany. That's why OnePlus and OPPO phones are no longer sold in Germany. According to Max Jambor, OPPO and OnePlus will make a statement 'soon'. Another rumour why OnePlus and OPPO may be leaving is because OPPO and OnePlus' shippings dropped significantly in Q4 of 2022, according to Counterpoint Research. There are multiple reasons for this, including inflation and higher production costs.
Source: Counterpoint Research Market Monitor, Q4 2022
Note: OPPO includes OnePlus
OnePlus will not exit from Europe and the UK and maintains stable operations in local markets. OnePlus will continue to invest in Europe and provide more innovative product and solutions for its users.
My own theory, not based on anything aside from reading the statement and the overall situation: Oppo leaves the UK, OnePlus stays. Would be weird, but it could happen.