With no offense meant to OPPO’s shot-callers, the recent new entry into the world’s top ten smartphone brands feels like quite the odd duck for an industry where everyone’s essentially the same.
While Samsung and LG unveiled their latest flagship devices at MWC 2016, this eccentric OEM used the high-profile Barcelona stage to take the wraps off new battery charging and camera technology. Which, by the way, may not actually see daylight on the forthcoming R9 and R9 Plus handhelds.
Speaking of, these pretty much came out of nowhere in the rumor mill recently to replace the Find 9 hero we’ve been awaiting for an eternity. And by the looks of their Tenaa certification documents, they’re not really what you’d call heavyweight title contenders.
Light heavyweight, perhaps, with Snapdragon 615 and MediaTek Helio X10 processors under the hood instead of SD820 or Helio X20, Full HD displays, and 16MP rear-facing shooters that may or may not adopt SmartSensor optical image stabilization.
One thing’s now clear nonetheless, and it’s the launch date of the two upper mid-rangers (or should we call them inexpensive high-enders?). March 17 will see the OPPO R9 and R9 Plus debut in front of a select Beijing audience at the local Performing Arts Center.
The just-confirmed press event shall apparently kick off at 3PM CST, i.e. 2AM EST, so we’re guessing OPPO has no plans to bring these metallic beauties stateside anytime soon. They’ll most likely expand to Europe after a China opener, though, which is great news if 4GB RAM, fingerprint-recognizing, super-slim phones tickle your fancy.