March 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.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.
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