While the Oppo R7 Plus, recently unveiled for the Western hemisphere, left a “huge” first impression on one of our strictest reviewers, it’s no use trying to pretend like the 6-inch 1,080p handheld is a flagship. The middling (by high-end standards) Snapdragon 615 SoC renders the impressive 3GB RAM null and void, and a 13MP rear-facing camera isn’t really enough for a place near the top of the Android food chain either.
So, what can Oppo utilize to challenge the Samsung Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and S6 Edge Plus with? Technically, the Chinese OEM’s “newest” hero device is the Find 7, but after more than a year on store shelves, you can imagine its Snapdragon 801 chip, 13MP main photographic unit and 5MP selfie shooter are quite outdated.
Enter the Find 9, a name that you may remember from the rumor mill as far back as January, yet only now purportedly ready for primetime. A not-very-subtle teaser image for a September 19 press event in Beijing outright spells out the premium Android phone’s imminence and market label, although there’s not much to report on the specification speculation front.
Basically, we know nothing for sure about the Oppo Find 9, but we can assume it’s going to share certain similarities with the OnePlus 2, given the Find 7 and OnePlus One were identical from a number of standpoints.
A higher-res Quad HD display is nonetheless a near-guarantee, while the octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4GB RAM count, fingerprint sensor and USB Type-C connectivity should be “borrowed” from the OnePlus 2. The rear camera is expected to up the megapixel ante to around 21, and a Color OS-flavored version of Android 5.1 Lollipop will probably run the software show.