OPPO unveils two new stylish selfie focused phones

by: Rob TriggsMarch 17, 2016
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OPPO R9 and R9 Plus

If you’re a regular selfie snapper might not be too thrilled that front facing smartphone cameras are often nowhere near a match for the image sensors packed into rear cameras. However, superior selfie shots have finally arrived, as OPPO has unveiled its new R9 and R9 Plus smartphones with top of the line front facing cameras. The only downside is that these handsets are only scheduled for release in China, at least for now.

Both the OPPO R9 and R9 Plus pack in one of Samsung’s 16 megapixel ISOCELL image sensors into the front of the handset, which also boasts an f/2.0 aperture. OPPO is tying this altogether with its improved “beautification plus” selfie panorama mode software feature too, so you can capture more of your surroundings as well as your no-doubt pretty face.

Other internal specifications are very promising too, these are two very solid looking mid to high-end performers. The OPPO R9 features a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, with 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also a 13 megapixel rear camera, support for OPPO’s SuperVOOC fast charging technology, and a 2,850mAh battery.

The R9 Plus is a larger handset, boasting a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor with four more powerful Cortex-A72 CPU cores, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB memory options, and a large 4,120mAh battery. There’s a 16-megapixel Sony IMX298 image sensor on the back too, along with fast charging support.

OPPO hasn’t skimped out on the design of the two smartphone’s either. Both handsets feature a sandblasted aluminium body with ultra slim bezels that measure 1.66mm on the R9 and 1.76mm on the R9 Plus. There’s also a fingerprint scanner neatly tucked into the home button rather than on the phone’s back.

The OPPO R9 is scheduled for release in China on March 24th at a cost of 2,799 Yuan (~$430), while the R9 Plus will launch a little later on April 12th with a 3,299 yuan (~$510) price tag. Hopefully OPPO will announce the sale of these handsets outside of China in the not too distant future.

  • Dean Murray

    The OPPO FIND 7 is a great phone and really as android is I can’t find anything what’s better, what’s with metal? Cmon OPPO bring something similar to the OPPO FIND 7 with an updated SOC and a bigger battery running spectrum out the box maybe it would sell great on the international market, I suppose at least 4 gig of ram at least (it’s big numbers sell handsets) or tell me is the market to saturated?

  • Pascal Julian Kilian

    I just recently bought the R7 Plus from the Flash Sales (300€ for an awesome brand-new phone, hello) and I´m so far very satisfied with it. Love the battery life. Only downside is ColorOS (with all their bloatware crap and uncustomizable UI) and the fact that it´s a niche phone with slow 3rd party development: CM is still only available as nightlies, Paranoid Android stopped developing and their developers switched to CM to help them, but still no stable CM13 so far.

    The Find 7 was an okay phone, but the OnePlus One was in my opinion a much better looking device with nicer handling due to CyanogenOS, yet basically the same.

    The R9 series looks nice so far…some minor improvements to the R7 series yes. I bet the price tag will be quite high, so I´m really happy with my 1-year old R7 Plus and don´t feed any need to upgrade.

    • Dean Murray

      Spectrum makes quite a lot of difference, color OS is not my cup of tea, find 7 great screen, although 1080 p would have been better removable battery cmon it is a good device the 801 still holds as far as I can see, if you want a tin phone that basically seems they are marketed as fast turnover devices. One plus one yeah I loved mine and still miss the sandstone back and the chrome trim, quality wise OPPO is better and I get the network I want which became rather sketchy when three UK acquired o2, more bands, but whatever makes you happy

    • benoita74

      Do you prefer the R7 plus to the Find 7?

      • Pascal Julian Kilian

        The R7 Pus by far. I love to have a bigger screen AND great battery life. I don´t care so much about processing power to play high-end Android games. I have a computer for that.

        • benoita74

          Having a Find7a myself this is interesting. Indeed it seems that with lollipop, you really don’t need to have the latest and greatest hardware to keep things fluid anymore. Even the 50$ Doogee X5 I recently bought for my grandmother really is pretty fluid on Lollipop 5.1.
          I’ll probably switch to a mid-range as well then if the camera experience and third party development are good :)

  • Priced to high.

  • Marty

    Oppo has always had good looking devices. I remember Oppo from my MP3/PMP days when I got into Chinese devices. Oppo stood out as the most elegant and stylish of all the Chinese brands. Don’t know about their quality and reliability, though.

    • Anon

      they have the best bluray players around since many years ago. their quality and reliability is top notch. i would say it is the most premium chinese phone around.

      • benoita74

        Don’t forget vivo too :)

  • IncCo

    Looks exactly like the iPhone 6.. You see that right?

    • benoita74

      Without the borders and the antenna lines look way better integrated. I think it definitely looks more classy than an iPhone 6 (personal opinion of course)

  • AndropaX

    Meizu mx5 + iphone 6 = oppo r9

  • mauvis99

    Yeah if that doesn’t look like an iPhone 6 I don’t know what does

  • Mohammad Hussain

    First phone to compete with Xiaomi mi 5 as per price range and specs. Let the budget wars begin.

    • benoita74

      Well the processor is way worse though :/

  • aaloo

    i feel so sorry for android manufacturers. They are shit scared of apple. No one makes a profit. The only way they think people will buy their devices is if they somehow make it look like an iPhone. With the 5/5s came the android design language of chamfered edges. For the last two years with 6/6s, android OEM’s have been churning out rounding edges with curved glass. lol. Just hang in there for another 6 months, your new design language will be revealed at an apple event. Pathetic.

    • Bob

      Yeah and how again does the galaxy s6/s6edge/s6edge+/note 5/s7/s7edge look like the iphone? or the LG G4/G5/V10? or the HTC M8/M9? Or the sony xperia z line/x line? Should I keep going?

      Please stfu iSheep, the low chinese copy, not high-end, you dumb living under the rock in the caveman era iShit

  • Hassan Raza

    oppo r7 plus shape is more owsume from r9 plus … :(

  • Agil Sulistyo

    Only protested. Bla bla bla bla…… Are you waiting for perfect phone? Wait until god make it

  • Kevin Davis

    wow!Those are some really nice iPhones.