Another day, another reason to tone down our excitement regarding OPPO’s next-gen flagship Android devices, expected out in a couple of weeks. The R9 and R9 Plus were initially rumored to feature 21MP rear-facing cameras and Snapdragon 820 processors, but Tenaa certification docs listed the photography sensors at “only” 16 megapixels, with Helio X10 and SD615 SoCs respectively running the hardware show.
Worse yet, it appears the groundbreaking Super VOOC fast-charging technology unveiled at MWC isn’t ready for primetime, and the OPPO R9 shall stick to slightly less impressive VOOC guns. You know, kind of how the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, Sony Xperia X and X Performance surprisingly snub the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 trend, settling for the old 2.0 standard.
Don’t get us wrong, both Quick Charge 2.0 and the non-Super VOOC functions are pretty great. The latter needs a measly half an hour to squeeze 75 percent capacity out of your OPPO phone’s battery, while 5 minutes of plugged-in activity provides a solid two hours of continuous talk time.
Still, the new endurance-enhancing solution and device accessories promise to take a mind-blowing 15 minutes to get a 2,500 mAh cell from 0 to 100 percent. But hey, OPPO’s VOOC-alluding teaser image only refers the R9 by name. Hence, perhaps the OPPO R9 Plus will adopt Super VOOC Flash Charge. Or maybe this all means a higher-end Find 9, with SD820 power, Quad HD screen resolution, the works, is coming soon as well. Who wouldn’t like that?