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China's Oppo plots next step after smartphone sales ban in Germany

Loss of patent case pushes manufacturer back to the strategic drawing board

Customers visit an Oppo store in Guangzhou, China. The smartphone maker seeks opportunities overseas amid intense competition at home. (Photo by Takashi Kawakami)

GUANGZHOU -- China's Oppo, the world's fourth-largest smartphone manufacturer, faces the task of overhauling its overseas business strategy after essentially being kicked out of Germany.

People who access Oppo's German website will have no way of browsing through the latest offerings of mobile phones. Instead, they will be greeted with this brief message: Product information is currently not available.

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