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China's Oppo steps up chip ambition as US ban hits Huawei

No. 2 Chinese handset maker snaps up top talent from key supplier MediaTek

China's Oppo is looking to make further inroads overseas as competition from Huawei squeezes it at home. (Photo by Shinya Sawai)

TAIPEI -- The U.S. crackdown on China's Huawei Technologies is spurring its biggest domestic rival to build up its own chipmaking capabilities, including by snapping up top engineering talent from its own suppliers.

Oppo, China's second-largest smartphone maker and fifth in the world, began stepping up efforts to design its own mobile chips last year, when the U.S. started clamping down on flagship Chinese tech companies like Huawei, sources familiar with the matter told the Nikkei Asian Review.

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