Whole­some good­ness

OPPO R9s Plus

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Peter Chu

Con­sid­er­ing that it has barely been three months since OPPO launched the R9s in Jan­uary, you could say that we were caught by sur­prise when the third­largest smart­phone ven­dor in the world un­veiled a more pow­er­ful and fea­ture-packed it­er­a­tion of its lat­est midrange de­vice, called the R9s Plus.

Help­ing the R9s Plus live up to the ‘Plus’ moniker is its bright and vi­brant 6-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) AMOLED dis­play, which is large enough to ne­ces­si­tate some fin­ger ac­ro­bat­ics dur­ing sin­gle­handed use.

Sit­ting un­der­neath the gar­gan­tuan dis­play of the R9s Plus, mean­while, is a 1.96GHz Qual­comm Snap­dragon 652 octa-core SoC, a whop­ping 6GB of RAM, 64GB of in­ter­nal stor­age (ex­pand­able up to 256GB via mi­croSD), and a gen­er­ous 4,000mAh VOOC quick-charg­ing bat­tery.

Sure, it would def­i­nitely be more ap­peal­ing if OPPO opted for a beefier Snap­dragon 800-se­ries pro­ces­sor, but it re­ally wouldn’t be nec­es­sary, as we didn’t en­counter any per­for­mance is­sues while us­ing the R9s Plus as our daily de­vice. Boot­ing up apps and switch­ing be­tween them us­ing the re­cent apps screen, for ex­am­ple, was sur­pris­ingly smoother than we thought. The same can be said for re­sour­cein­ten­sive games such as Real Rac­ing 3, which ran per­fectly fine even dur­ing in­stances where the screen was jam-packed with ra­bid rac­ers.

Mo­bile pho­tog­ra­phers would un­doubt­edly be pleased with the im­age qual­ity of the R9s Plus, as the 16MP f/1.7 rear cam­era does a great job at cap­tur­ing pho­tos with plenty of de­tails and strong punchy colors. It isn’t per­fect, how­ever, as its un­der­ly­ing Sony IMX398 im­age sen­sor can only do so much to keep im­age noise at bay dur­ing re­ally low-light con­di­tions. If it’s any con­so­la­tion, optical im­age sta­bi­liza­tion did prove its worth by keep­ing our pho­tos crisp and sharp, and our videos vir­tu­ally shake-free.

De­spite all its mer­its, we’re not en­tirely con­vinced that the R9s Plus is worth spend­ing RM2,498 for, es­pe­cially since fork­ing out an ad­di­tional RM200 would get you flag­shiplevel smart­phones like the Sam­sung Galaxy S7 and Huawei Mate 9 – de­vices with an es­teemed rep­u­ta­tion for their top-notch per­for­mance and imag­ing prow­ess.

The OPPO R9s Plus is a great smart­phone with a slightly too am­bi­tious price tag.

The R9s Plus cer­tainly hasn’t lost touch with its selfie-cen­tric roots.

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