OPPO R9s Plus
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.