If you were a little disappointed to see the OPPO F1 “selfie expert” barely feature an 8MP front-facing camera, you should be happy to hear the fast-rising Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just doubled down its efforts to sustain your vanity.
Literally, as the newly unveiled OPPO R9 and R9 Plus both provide 16 sharp megapixels for your best possible self-portraits. That has to be some sort of record, and with proprietary software add-ons such as Beautify 4.0 also in the mix, we wouldn’t be surprised if Hollywood actors start to use Android handhelds for head shots.
The weird thing is the R9 downgrades the MP count on its back, settling for a 13 megapixel “main” snapper. Meanwhile, the R9 Plus sports two 16MP cams, and stands out with sheer size (6-inch screen diagonal), up to 128GB internal storage space, and a massive 4,120 mAh battery too.
Full HD display resolution and octa-core Snapdragon 652 processing power are probably the only things that prevent the OPPO R9 Plus to mount a challenge for the title of the world’s best phablet, since otherwise, it’s as super-high-end as smartphones get nowadays.
It’s got 4GB RAM, VOOC Flash Charge technology (no, not Super VOOC, but still), a fingerprint sensor built into its home button, 79.3 percent (!!!) screen-to-body ratio, 4G LTE connectivity, and even a super-slim 7.4mm profile, in spite of its colossal battery.
The slightly lower-end OPPO R9 is even thinner, at 6.6mm, and relatively lightweight (145 grams), at least for a 5.5-incher. Unfortunately, it merely carries a 2,850 mAh cell, a weakness offset by its VOOC support. The MediaTek MT6755 SoC is hardly a powerhouse, but on the bright side, you get 4GB RAM here as well, plus 64GB ROM, fingerprint recognition and LTE speeds.
And yes, we know the full-metal charmers look a little too similar to recent iPhones while running an aging 5.1 Lollipop version of Android. But the OPPO R9 is set to cost the equivalent of $430 in China, and the R9 Plus shall start at roughly $510. Can’t argue with those quality – pricing ratios now, can you?