Oppo, one of China’s leading smartphone manufacturers has announced the launch of Oppo R9S, its new smartphone.
The handset has already received its certification from the country’s CCC authority, and is very likely to hit the shelves next month in October 2016. Even though the device made its entry on the 3C and TENAA websites, not much information has been revealed on what specifications you can expect from the smartphone. It is strongly believed that the new handset is selfie centric, while it looks very much like and sharing many features with its elder R9 and R9 Plus siblings.
Dimensions, Weight and Body Material
The exact dimensions of the Oppo R9S have not yet been revealed at this point of time. However, unofficial sources have put the estimated weight of the smartphone at close to 150g. Like the other two R9 handsets, this one also comes with a fully metallic body and an ultra narrow border. This ensures that the device is both sturdy and premium looking at the same time. There are dedicated power and volume control buttons that are located on the right and left sides respectively. The home key located at the bottom of the handset can also act as a fingerprint scanner if required.
Screen Size and Display, Pixel Resolution and Density
The screen of the smartphone appears to be quite promising for its parameters. The Oppo R9S has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 1080 x 1920 like its predecessors. While some sources put the pixel density rating at 441ppi, some others quote a slightly lower value of 401ppi. Either way, the results are not expected to be a letdown for a screen of its size. Other highlights are supposed to be a Corning Gorilla Glass (version not known for now) for scratch resistance and multi-touch support that allows for both wet and glove touch.
Primary and Secondary Shutterbugs
At the rear, the R9S incorporates a 13MP camera that features a pixel resolution of 4128 x 3096 and a dual LED flash. The camera records 4K or 2160p HD videos. Video and image stabilization, macro and professional modes, ultra clear images, low light mode and gesture shots are some key highlights that you can most likely expect from this shooter. If the ongoing rumors turn out to be true and the S in the name indicates selfie, the front snapper is bound to have a higher MP rating than the rear counterpart. Talks indicate that this is a 16MP camera that adds more life to your video calls and selfies even though it is not clear about the ability to render flash support. However, there are very good chances of this being included. Talking about video recording capabilities, you can record 2160p videos at 30 fps.
Hardware, Memory and Software Configuration
There are statements about more than one model of the Oppo R9S being launched based on the under the hood setup. One option is a 3GB handset with 32GB ROM for built-in storage. The other alternative offers a shade more on the memory front with 4GB RAM and 64GB inbuilt memory. In both cases, the second SIM card slot can be used to put in a memory card and build up the available space by a further 128GB.
Both versions use a 64-bit octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 central processor along with an Adreno 506 graphics processor. Another common aspect is that these two models run on the preloaded Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Needless to say, this is interlaced with the manufacturer’s Color OS for user customization.
Battery and Battery Life
The manufacturer has integrated a non-removable 2,850 mAh Li-Po battery into the R9S. The smartphone does not have a wireless charging mode, but undoubtedly makes use of Oppo’s very own Super VOOC flash charge functionality for quick charging. Although no official reports are present about talk time and standby hours, off the record details put these values at 10 hours and 290 hours in that orders. As for music and video playbacks, these values are 26 hours and 7 hours respectively.
Sensors Availability and Connectivity Options
The Oppo R9S is loaded with a slew of sensors that comprise a compass and a torchlight apart from the usual gyro, fingerprint, hall effect, proximity and ambient light sensors. With respect to connectivity options, the choices include Wi-Fi (dual band and 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac), GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 4.1 and Type C USB with OTG.