We all love smartphones, and, as self-respecting technology fans, we have a pretty good idea of what’s going on inside our magical mobile toys. But it’s not that often that we get to see the people and machines that make the magic possible, so we were excited when Oppo invited us to visit its manufacturing facilities and offices in Shenzhen, China.

Hot on the heels of the Beijing launch of the Oppo R7 and R7 Plus, we flew to Shenzhen for a tour of Oppo’s production facilities. While a tropical storm derailed our plans a bit, the trip was definitely worth it.

Together with a group of fellow bloggers and journalists, Darcy and I got to see the assembly process of the new R7 and other Oppo devices and learned a bit about the company’s history as a manufacturer of Blu-ray players. In particular, we got a look at the manufacturing process of circuit boards for the Oppo R7, followed by a visit to the factory’s QA department.

From a tumbling machine that tests the phone’s resistance to repeated bumps and scuffs, to a button-testing machine and the glass-resistance testing rig, Oppo uses specialized equipment to ensure that every device that goes out its gates adheres to a high standard of quality.

Finally, we went upstairs to visit the company’s local offices, hosting Oppo’s logistic, marketing, and administrative personnel.

All in all, our Oppo visit gave us a rare look at what happens behind the scene in the mobile industry and despite the weather playing tricks on us, we definitely enjoyed the experience.

To learn more about Oppo’s latest devices, check out our first looks at the Oppo R7 and Oppo R7 Plus and stay tuned for our full reviews in the coming weeks.

Joshua Vergara
Writer, blogger, and videographer - Josh is a former support technician that learned much about technology by fixing everyone else's. On the side, he wrote and performed spoken word, maintained his own personal blogs, and began his own video podcast. Now, he's here at Android Authority looking to put it all together!