Last week, Oppo unveiled two smartphones both of which come with 16MP front facing cameras for selfies and video calls. These smartphones, the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus, were both launched in the company’s home country of China. These two smartphones target the mid and upper market segments as they are retailing for $430 (for the R9) and $510 (for the R9 Plus).
The Oppo R9 and R9 Plus have some similarities especially in the design department but they are two totally different devices from the specs perspective.
The Oppo R9
The Oppo R9 comes with a 5.5 inch AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution. It is powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 Processor with four Cortex-A53 cores clocking at 1.0GHz and the other four at 2.0GHz. These are paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage space expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card.
The camera is what is exciting about this smartphone with a 16MP one in front for all your selfies and video calls and a 13MP main camera at the back. This is a very interesting combination on a smartphone as most of the smartphones out there have more MP at the back camera.
The phone comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop which is a bit disappointing given that Android Marshmallow is already out there. Powering this phone is a 2,850 battery capacity.
The Oppo R9 Plus
The Oppo R9 is slightly bigger with a 6 inch AMOLED display with a Full HD resolution. It is powered by a Snapdragon 652 processor with quad core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53 chipsets and quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A72 ones. These are paired with 4GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of storage space that can be expanded using microSD cards.
The Oppo R9 Plus also has a 16MP front facing camera just like its smaller brother with a 13MP one at the back. The difference with the R9 Plus camera is that it uses a Sony sensor and is able to shoot 4K videos. It also comes with Android 5.1 out of the box with a 4,120 mAh battery providing all the juice.
Pricing and availability
As I have mentioned above, the Oppo R9 is priced at $430 (approximately Ksh 44,000) and will be available as from March 24. The R9 Plus on the other hand is priced at $510 (approximately Ksh 52,000) and will be available from April 12. It is still not clear if these phones will be launched in global markets or if it will only be available in China.