Oppo R9s

AP­PLE FACE WITH AN AN­DROID BOOTY.

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - [ STEPHEN LAMBRECHTS ]

STEADILY CLIMB­ING ITS way into the num­ber-one po­si­tion among smart­phone mak­ers in China, Oppo has made a name for it­self by of­fer­ing cus­tomers pre­mium-feel­ing hand­sets at around half the price of the com­pe­ti­tion. With this strat­egy, it’s per­haps no sur­prise that the de­vice-maker owns 23% of the mar­ket share in its home coun­try (by com­par­i­son, Ap­ple cur­rently holds a 6% mar­ket share in China).

Look­ing at the Oppo R9s in its naked form, it’d be easy to mis­take it for an iPhone 7 — its thin, rounded alu­minium body, slightly pro­trud­ing cam­era bump, matte fin­ish and sim­i­larly placed but­tons seem clearly mod­elled af­ter the cur­rent Ap­ple flag­ship. It’s a lit­tle thin­ner, though — the Oppo R9s is just 6.6mm thick, com­pared to the iPhone 7’s 7.1mm.

Like the iPhone 7, the Oppo R9s has a ca­pac­i­tive touch home but­ton which dou­bles as one of the fastest fin­ger­print sen­sors we’ve ever ex­pe­ri­enced, seem­ingly un­lock­ing the phone in­stantly.

A dual SIM tray of­fers space for (you guessed it) two 4G nano-SIM cards, or al­ter­na­tively one SIM card and a mi­croSD card up to 256GB to join the de­vice’s 64GB of on­board stor­age. On the bot­tom of the phone, you’ll find a speaker grille, a mi­cro-USB port and, to the joy of some, a trusty 3.5mm head­phone jack.

Boast­ing an ex­cep­tion­ally bright and vi­brant 1080p AMOLED dis­play, the Oppo’s R9s is no slouch when it comes to de­liv­er­ing strik­ing im­ages. At 5.5 inches, the hand­set’s dis­play puts the Oppo R9s di­rectly in line with the iPhone 7 Plus, but while Ap­ple’s ph­ablet feels quite large in the hand, the R9s is much slighter and more com­fort­able to hold. That’s due to a thin­ner frame com­bined with al­most non-ex­is­tent side bezels and slightly smaller top and bot­tom ones.

Based on An­droid 6.0 Marsh­mal­low, Oppo’s ColorOS 3.0 is some­thing of a mixed bag. Un­like the Google Pixel or Sam­sung Gal­axy S7 edge, the R9s’ de­fault OS doesn’t come with an app drawer, meaning you’ll have to in­stall a sep­a­rate launcher to see the typ­i­cal An­droid scrolling-list of all of your apps in one place.

Rather im­pres­sively, the Oppo R9s has 16MP sen­sors for both rear and front-fac­ing cam­eras. The pri­mary cam­era fea­tures a cus­tomised 1/2.8-inch Sony-de­vel­oped IMX398 sen­sor cre­ated ex­clu­sively for the R9s, with an ex­tra-wide F1.7 aper­ture for im­proved low-light pho­tog­ra­phy.

Its 3,010mAh bat­tery im­pressed us, too — our PCMark for An­droid tests re­vealed a lengthy 12 hours and 10 min­utes life­span for the R9s. Though it has a whop­ping 4GB of RAM and a rather pow­er­ful octa-core pro­ces­sor, the Oppo R9s is held back slightly by its older Adreno 506 GPU. Based on Geek­Bench re­sults, the per­for­mance of this one is about where you’d ex­pect — half­way be­tween a bud­get hand­set like Mo­torola’s Moto G4 Play and a flag­ship like the Gal­axy S7 or Google Pixel.

Ul­ti­mately, what the R9s may lack in de­sign orig­i­nal­ity and grunt, it makes up for in sheer value. Though it has a re­tail price of $599, many of the hall­marks we’ve come to ex­pect from a pre­mium $1,000+ phone are present here. OPPO R9S CRIT­I­CAL SPECS

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