Oppo R15 Pro

THERE’S MUCH TO LIKE, BUT A DIS­AP­POINT­ING CAM­ERA LETS THE SIDE DOWN

PC & Tech Authority - - CONTENTS - NICK ROSS

Oppo has been pro­duc­ing very-high qual­ity phones at very-rea­son­able prices for some years now and they’ve un­der­stand­ably be­come in­cred­i­bly pop­u­lar. But com­pe­ti­tion in this space has be­come in­creas­ingly erce and Oppo is no longer the un­der­dog. The R15 Pro might be half the price of ri­val ag­ships, but does it rep­re­sent good value in the sub-$800 space?

It cer­tainly looks like a top-end ag­ship phone thanks to the notched front screen and the classy ceramic back. It’s avail­able with an un­der­stated black/pur­ple colour or an in-your-face red and Oppo thought­fully in­cludes a clear, sil­i­con case to pro­tect and pre­serve its looks.

The notch in the tough, Go­rilla Glass 5 screen, makes room for the 20-megapixel sel e cam­era plus a face-un­lock sen­sor. It’s AMOLED in na­ture and ac­cord­ingly of­fers bright and vi­brant colours. It has a whop­ping 6.3-inch di­ag­o­nal but it doesn’t feel over­sized due to the very-thin bezel. It’s Ul­tra HD with a 1,080 x 2,280 res­o­lu­tion which gives it an un­usual, elon­gated 19:9 screen ra­tio that we found quite use­ful as it pro­vides ded­i­cated space for the nav­i­ga­tion keys at the bot­tom of the screen.

While the 2.2GHz Snap­Dragon CPU is Qual­comm’s sec­ond-tier pro­ces­sor, there’s no no­tice­able lag when us­ing the phone. Hav­ing a healthy 6GB RAM helps here. The Adreno 512 GPU han­dles ev­ery 3D game on the mar­ket with aplomb. Other fea­tures in­clude a nger­print sen­sor at the back and this, as with pre­vi­ous Op­pos, works un­fea­si­bly fast. The phone is IP67 certi ed which means it can with­stand one me­tre of wa­ter im­mer­sion for 30 min­utes which is im­pres­sive in a phone this price. We tested it in a steam room and it gen­er­ally op­er­ated well de­spite be­ing com­pletely wet al­though too much wa­ter will al­ways make the screen un­us­able. We’re a bit dis­ap­pointed at the lack of a USB-C con­nec­tion though as the rest of the An­droid and com­puter mar­ket is well on the way to full adop­tion. Else­where, the speaker gets sur­pris­ingly loud and punchy and we were happy to see that a proper head­phone jack is in­cluded.

Oppo is mak­ing much noise about its A.I-en­hanced cam­era, say­ing that it’s bet­ter at au­tode­tect­ing scenes than ever be­fore, but frankly we were dis­ap­pointed. Firstly, the cam­era app is so au­to­mated that you can only tin­ker with a few set­tings like shut­ter de­lay and HDR with­out mov­ing into Ex­pert mode: you can’t man­u­ally se­lect dif­fer­ent scenes. Se­lect­ing dif­fer­ent shoot­ing modes by ro­tat­ing a vir­tual dial could be tor­tu­ous and put us off us­ing it. The two rear cam­eras aren’t paired to en­hance sin­gle shots with fea­tures like Bokeh, aper­ture ef­fects. In­stead, one of­fers a 2x op­ti­cal zoom and pan­ning in and out is sim­ple with an on-screen but­ton. How­ever, our main is­sue is that al­most ev­ery ex­te­rior shot we took was over-ex­posed with washed-out colours and, de­spite the high res­o­lu­tion, images weren’t as sharp as we ex­pect. Whether it was

at light or bright, Aussie sun­shine, high­lights were reg­u­larly blown out and colours were at. The re­sults were very dis­ap­point­ing. In­doors, the cam­era made a de­cent st at cap­tur­ing wrig­gling kids in low light but the images get very soft quickly. The sel e cam­era is much bet­ter, but the A.I. en­hance­ments seemed de­ter­mined to air­brush us into obliv­ion and we turned them off. None­the­less, we liked the high, 20-megapixel res­o­lu­tion and the so­cial me­di­astyle lters avail­able.

Video was ac­cept­able al­though sta­bil­ity is an is­sue when shoot­ing in 4K. While Full HD is smoother, it’s not very sharp. Cap­tured au­dio was bet­ter in quiet in­doors en­vi­ron­ments as back­ground noise had a habit of ob­scur­ing conversations too eas­ily.

There’s cer­tainly much to like about the Oppo R15 Pro and some of its top-end fea­tures, like face recog­ni­tion, ri­val and beat more­ex­pen­sive ag­ships. How­ever, the main cam­era is a real, medi­ocre let-down. While $779 can feel cheap in the ag­ship phone mar­ket, you’ll nd bet­ter over­all value and per­for­mance else­where.

KEY SPECS

6.3in, 1080 x 2280 AMOLED screen • 128GB/6GB RAM • 2.2GHz Octa-core Snap­dragon 660 CPU • Adreno 512 GPU

• 16MP/20MP rear cam­eras, 20MP front cam­era• mi­croSD (dual SIM slot)• mi­cro USB

• IP67 dust/wa­ter­proof• head­phone jack • An­droid 8.1 • 3,430mAh bat­tery • 157 x 75 x 8mm • 180g

$779 • www.oppo.com/au

The Oppo R15 Pro’s screen cov­ers al­most all of the front area

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