Oppo's R9 offers faux-iPhone style at a fraction of the cost.
When does the Oppo R9 come out? It's out right now.
What’s new about the Oppo R9? You like selfies? Then you'll love the Oppo R9, an Android smartphone with a heavy focus on the front-facing camera.
How much does the Oppo R9 cost? $599 outright or on contract.
What is the Oppo R9?
The Oppo R9 is a smartphone with the perfect Android camera for the selfie-obsessed. Most smartphones let the rear camera do the heavy lifting, but that's not how the R9 likes to roll. While the camera on the back of the phone is a perfectly good 13-megapixel snapper, the front-facing camera is where all the good stuff is. The 16-megapixel sensor was designed specifically for Oppo and can pick up more available light for sharper selfies in any environment.
All of this is present in a 5.5-inch smartphone, with a full HD AMOLED screen running Oppo's own ColorOS, which is a re-skinned Android for all intents and purposes.
It comes in either Gold or Rose Gold, so hopefully you like some sort of gold colour. The Oppo R9's home button doubles as a fingerprint sensor for the security conscious. And finally, it's dual SIM, although if you are using two SIM cards you won't be able to pop in a MicroSD card for extra storage.
Is the Oppo R9 powerful?
All those image sensors need something with a little power behind them, so yes. The Oppo R9 has some quality processing power. The CPU is MediaTek MT6755 octa-core processor and it's supported by 4GB of RAM and a dedicated GPU, the Mali T860.
There's also 64GB of storage and you can expand that by another 128GB with a MicroSD card. Just remember that if you're using a MicroSD card, you don't get the dual SIM functionality.
Does the Oppo R9 have a good camera?
Weren't you paying attention before? The R9 has two very good cameras! The rear camera is 13 megapixels with an f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash.
The front is a massive 16 megapixels with an f/2.0 aperture. The R9 comes loaded with a Beautify 4.0 software bundle that makes selfies look even better and if it's video you want, the phone can record at 1080p resolution.
How do I charge the Oppo R9?
The R9 uses a MicroUSB cable to charge up the 2850mAh battery, but that's not the whole story.
The phone also has Oppo's VOOC Flash Charge capabilities. This feature allows for fast charging when you need it. How fast? Oppo says that just five minutes of charging can get you two hours of talk time. Sadly, there's no wireless charging support, though.
Is the Oppo R9 water resistant?
The Oppo R9 is not water resistant, sadly, so keep it well away from pools, toilets and sinks if you want to keep it operational. If water resistance is critical to you, check out our guide to waterproof phones.
When will the Oppo R9 be available in Australia?
The Oppo R9 is available right now, either outright or on contract.
How much does the Oppo R9 cost?
The Oppo R9 is available for $599 outright, although Oppo does have newer phones on the market so you may be able to find it cheaper if you shop around. It has also been ranged by carriers, most notably Woolworths Mobile.
Oppo R9 specifications
- Product name
- Oppo R9
- Display size
- 1080 x 1280
- 401 ppi
- MediaTek MT6755 Octa-core 2.0GHZ CPU
- 64GB, with 128GB expandable option
- Operating System
- Android 5.1
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- 2850 mAh
- 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6mm
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