Thursday , March 30 2017

OPPO launch the R9s Plus in Australia

OPPO are making a name for themselves in the low-mid range segment of the smartphone market. Their hardware is top notch at extremely competitive prices. In a step up into the mid-upper end of the market OPPO released the R9s Plus late last year and today have launched it into Australia.

The OPPO R9s Plus aims to provide consumers with a higher end experience with “advanced camera technologies” and a large 6″ AMOLED display. OPPO Australia Executive Director, Michael Tran, said at the launch that the R9s Plus will be a hit with Australian consumers who want a high performance device while getting great value for money. Let’s be honest, who doesn’t want this? After launching the R9s in Australia in January OPPO have decided to build upon that success and introduce the larger R9s Plus.

The R9s Plus has a 6in 1080P display and its dimensions are 163.6 x 80.8 x 7.4 mm with a 75% screen-to-body ratio. You could imagine in a phone that big it could pack a decent sized battery, and it does with a 4000mAh battery. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653 with a whopping 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is the option to expand this storage with a microSD card up to 256GB. The microSD card slot can also be used as a second SIM tray.

The camera is where OPPO feel this phone sets itself apart from the pack. The rear camera has advanced OIS with a “40% larger anti-shake area to reduce jitter”. It is a 16MP f/1.7 rear camera with phase detection autofocus and an LED flash. Tjhe front facing camera is also 16MP with f/2.0 and uses OPPO’s Screen Flash technology for high quality low-light selfies.

Unfortunately the OPPO R9s Plus will be launching with OPPO’s software skin, ColorOS, atop of Android 6.0.1 MArshmallow. We have reached out to OPPO regarding the prospect of this phone ever seeing Nougat.

The R9s Plus is on sale nationwide from today in both black and gold for $698 RRP, available instore at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Woolworths. We have one on the way to us as I type this so stay tuned for our review in the next week or so.

Key Specifications:OPPO R9s Plus
Release dateMarch 2017
Screen size6.0-inch
Screen technologyAMOLED
Resolution1,920 x 1,080
Rear camera16MP
Front camera16MP
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653
Core config4x1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4x1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
MicroSDYes, up to 256GB
Battery4,000 mAh
Battery removable
Headphone PortYes
Headphone Location
Speaker Configuration
Android OSAndroid 6.0
Vendor skinColorOS
Dimensions163.6 x 80.8 x 7.35
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  • twister286

    Surely Oppo are joking with that price for 1080P and SD653?

    The Axon 7 is $699 RRP (much cheaper if you can settle for grey imports) and it has a 2K screen and Snapdragon 820…

    • Phill Edwards

      Yeah I was a little surprised at the price for a low-mid range phone. But on re-reading I see this is mid-upper range phone.

      • twister286

        They’ve priced it too close to 2016 flagships with proper top-end specs…S7s are going for not much more now, and there’s the ZTE Axon 7 which for the same price (AU$699 at JB HiFi for AU stock so the comparison is fair to the Oppo) has much better specs…

    • Lee Hall

      I have a Lenovo P2 using a Snapdragon 625 processor and it runs great. I haven’t noticed any difference in performance coming from a Moto Z…Specs and numbers don’t tell the whole story

      • Reginald Jack

        Can I ask…how did you go about sourcing a P2 in Australia?

  • Watermelonsg

    They are for not so tech savvy users for which the outlook of the phone plays a major part in their decision making. And this is the reason why they succeeded without worrying about the short supply of top notch chips like the 835.

  • twister286

    Not to mention Oppo’s UI is absolutely rubbish…they add enormous amounts of iOSisation to the UI, and for some inexplicable reason it kills apps like there’s no tomorrow, really messing up notifications…

  • boy

    Tip of the day at JB’s – ask for a discount – you’ll get 10% off without a worry – the sales guy said Oppo want to shift these.

    Bought the R9S to see what a mid spec could do – have to say I agree the UI is a little unique and it does kill the apps quickly, having said that its a really good phone for 99% of people’s needs and the battery life is way way better than my old Note 7, HTC 10 or iphone 7s!!

    When I’m holding a $540 phone I don’t feel robbed and TBH I’m pretty satisfied with the purchase unlike some branded phones out there that are plain S*ite – do you hear me HTC U Play at $799.00 for a lesser spec!!

    I just skinned it with Nova Launcher and its all good on the UI.

    • Matthew

      Errr, lesser spec? SD821 and a screen that has a way better PPI and a UI that isn’t poo. As well as the latest OS.

      • boy

        I think you are perhaps referring to the HTC “U Ultra” – the “U Play” has MediaTek™ Helio™ P10, Octa-core, 64-bit, 3GB Ram, 32GB Storage and is running Android 6.0 and the PPI is negligible with its HD Screen.

        • Matthew

          True. My bad . Sorry.

          • boy

            no worries. I think HTC are taking the P*SS with those spec’s for $799.00 – still most people buying on contract will have no idea..

  • WAusJackBauer

    Hopefully they make a Lineage OS build for this.

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