Update: Added leaked pictures that may show the Oppo R11 in three different color schemes. By Andy Boxall.
Oppo is one of the top four major smartphone brands in China, with a history of selling both reasonably priced, attractive phones, and more expensive, quirky devices that catch our eye. It also sells its smartphones internationally. Now, it’s about to release a new phone called the Oppo R11, and it will continue the company’s tradition of producing devices with strong camera features. Here’s what we know about it so far.
Oppo has always made great looking phones, although many do share a distinct likeness to Apple’s iPhone, so what will it do with the R11? A series of leaked images give us a great look at the possible design, and once again, the iPhone influence is clear, especially in the front panel and the rear camera lens housing. We can see three colors: A black model, a gold model, and a pink version, which will probably be referred to as rose gold.
Before the leaked images, Oppo teased us with a video which actually revealed almost all the phone’s design, which better highlighted some very distinct design touches unique to the R11. For example, take a look at the train-track style antenna bands, and the beautifully curved rear panel that falls away at the edge. However, the dual-lens rear camera and its prominent hump, is pure iPhone 7 Plus.
The design seen in the images and video matches leaked pictures of the device published earlier on the Weibo social network. Black and gold color schemes are on display in the video, while the leaked still images show only a gold version.
The leaks all point to the Oppo R11 having one of the biggest smartphone trends at the moment, a dual-lens camera. While Oppo has used dual-lenses on a front camera before, this would be the first time it has done so on the rear of its phones. Photos leaked on Weibo first hinted about the camera, and about the device’s spec sheet.
The camera is likely to be comprised of both 20- and 16-megapixel lenses, according to a report from The Android Soul. It is accompanied by another 20-megapixel shooter at the front. Oppo has been showing off the selfie camera’s ability through its Weibo account, confirming the 20-megapixel count, and concentrating on how it can take clear images in high resolution. It hasn’t said anything about the rear camera’s ability yet.
Release date and price
When will the Oppo R11 be announced? A post made on the company’s official Weibo channel showed a teaser poster with a June 10 date on it, and the accompanying text says the R11 will be revealed at 8:30 p.m. China local time on that day. The week before this, Oppo added a teaser poster confirming the device’s name, and that it will have a dual-lens rear camera. The price and release date aren’t known at this time.
Will the Oppo R11 be a powerhouse, or more closely match phones such as the Oppo F3? Leaked spec details from Weibo, SlashLeaks say for the standard R11, we are looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 system-on-chip mated to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in storage. It’s expected to be joined by a larger Plus model which bumps that memory up to 6GB. Both phones are expected to run Oppo’s ColorOS 3.1 based on Android 7.1, the latest and greatest version of Google’s operating system.
In terms of the display, the regular R11 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display. The Plus model features the same resolution, but the panel is a bit larger, measuring 6 inches. A similar approach has been taken with the batteries — the R11 receives a 3,000mAh unit, while the R11 Plus’ is slightly beefier, at 4,000mAh. Other rumors say the batteries will be a 2,900mAh cell and a 3880mAh cell.
Oppo is having quite a year. The company recently launched the F3 Plus, which was generally well received — although it was not perfect. One of our main complaints was that it featured an older version of Android. If the leaked specs for the R11 are to be believed, it seems that Oppo has learned from that mistake.
We will keep this story updated as we hear more about the upcoming Oppo R11.