Smartphone brand Oppo has launched the R9 and R9 Plus in China, and the F1 Plus internationally. Technically identical, the phones embrace the cult of the selfie even further than existing Oppo devices, by putting a giant 16-megapixel ISOCELL camera, custom made by Samsung, above the screen. The rear camera? That’s only got 13-megapixels. Oppo’s really targeting generation selfie with the R9.
Oppo F1 Plus
While the R9 and R9 Plus are for China, the F1 Plus will be released in Europe, the U.K., India, and other countries around the world. Despite the name, it’s the equivalent of the R9, so it has a 5.5-inch screen, the MediaTek Helio P10 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage space. The design, and materials used are all the same, plus the Android operating system has Oppo’s ColorOS 3.0 over the top.
When the R9 launched, and we were told by Oppo that it would be sold internationally under a different name, we wondered if it would be an F-Series phone. It fits with the brand, as the smaller F1 has an outstanding selfie camera already.
Set for release in May through Amazon in the U.K. and Europe, it’s priced at £300 and 390 euros respectively. No U.S. launch date has been provided.
Amazing camera specs
Oppo calls the camera the Hi-Light, and here are some more specs. It has an f/2.0 aperture for brighter shots, and a 120-degree wide-angle lens, that in conjunction with Oppo’s Selfie Panorama mode will get your friends into the picture as well. The software also has an updated version of Oppo’s effective Beautify mode, which has been worked on for six months, ensuring it makes you look your best. The result of all this tech is pictures with four times less noise, twice the dynamic range, and improved low-light and nighttime photography over those without the special Hi-Light cam.
The phone around the high-spec selfie cam has definitely been inspired by the iPhone 6S Plus. The curved body, defined horizontal antenna breaks, top left-mounted camera lens, and familiar gold hue gives the R9 and F1 Plus an unmistakably iPhone-esque style. It’s very thin at 6.6mm, light at 145 grams, and should feel great in the hand if previous Oppo phones are anything to go by. Around the front is a 5.5-inch AMOLED screen with 1.6mm bezels, and a 1080p resolution. Underneath is Oppo’s first front fingerprint sensor, built into the home button, that will operate with dry and damp fingers.
Oppo’s chosen the MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 4GB of RAM to power the R9 and F1 Plus, and installed Android with its own ColorOS 3.0 interface over the top. The phone has 4G LTE connectivity, a versatile SIM tray that will take a second SIM or a MicroSD card to increase the 64GB of internal storage space. Finally, Oppo’s low-voltage VOOC fast charging is onboard, providing two hours of talk time after five minutes of charging, but the 2850mAh battery sounds a little smaller than we’d hoped.
The R9 Plus is a larger than the R9. It has a 6-inch AMOLED screen, and swaps the processor for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 652, upgrades the rear camera to 16-megapixels, and increases the battery size to 4120mAh. Both the R9 and R9 Plus phones are only sold in China, where prices start at 2799 yuan, or around $430.
We’ll bring you a review of the F1 Plus very soon, so check back in the near future for more on Oppo’s latest phone.