The smartphone industry has recently been flooded with some decent but cheaply available handsets from China.
While Samsung was known for its spectacular devices as far as the high-end and mid-range devices are concerned, the emergence of companies such as Oppo, Xiaomi and Huawei, among others, has mounted huge pressure on the South Korean back.
The Oppo R9 and its brother Oppo R9 Plus will be official this coming Thursday, March 17. The two smartphones, which are nothing but premium models coming in at mid-range prices, recently showed up on the country’s TENAA website.
The event for unveiling the new smartphones will be held at the Beijing Performing Arts Center. This is huge for Oppo as it looks to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge that were recently announced. In fact, the South Korean giant will be selling this year’s flagships at a discounted price of 20%, latest reports reveal. However, Oppo R9 and R9 Plus are expected to cost a lot cheaper than these Galaxy S7 flagships, but still offering some of the best hardware out there.
Let’s take a look at what Oppo R9 and Oppo R9 Plus are bringing to the table.
Oppo R9 and R9 Plus features and specs
Oppo hasn’t failed a bit when it comes to design and looks. The Oppo R9 and R Plus will for sure catch the attention of Samsung with its metal and glass build. The company has managed to come up with a device that lies somewhere between an iPhone 6S and a Samsung Galaxy S7.
The upcoming Oppo R9 smartphone will feature a decent 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p screen whereas the phablet Oppo R9 Plus will feature a 6-inch screen with the same specifications. At the moment, there is no word of which processor Oppo will be using for the R9 series, however, we have word that the smartphone will have an octa-core chipset supported by a RAM of 4GB.
The two variants are not only separated by name and screen size, but they also come with different onboard storage capacities. The smaller Oppo R9 carries 32GB of storage while the larger Oppo R9 Plus has 64GB of onboard storage. Both devices’ storages can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 128GB.
Given the limited availability of information about these two smartphones, it is not clear whether Oppo will opt for the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS or go for the older Android 5.0 Lollipop. According to 9to5Google, the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus could probably debut with the older Android Lollipop. This could be detrimental for Oppo given that many companies are currently coming in with Marshmallow-powered smartphones.
Since the official launch is just a week away, we will have to wait and see whether the company makes any changes.