The Oppo R9s sells at a mid-range price, but its presents great value for money with good performance and camera features.
Oppo’s market positioning has remained remarkably consistent over the past couple of years where it has offered phones directly into the Australian market. It is not interested in playing in the pricing space above $1,000, where rivals such as Samsung and Apple slug it out. Instead it offers a range of mostly mid-priced phones that ape the style and features of premium handsets. The Oppo R9s is a good example of the form, presenting a rather iPhone-styled frame around Oppo’s own ColorOS launcher, running Android 6.0.
Oppo R9s: What is it?
The Oppo R9s is the latest entry in Oppo’s R9 family, building on devices such as the Oppo R9 and Oppo R9 Plus. As such, the style is highly reminiscent of Apple’s iPhone line. There’s only so much you can do to differentiate yourself in the mobile space, but it’s not hard to see where the R9s’ design inspiration came from.
The Oppo R9s is an Android 6.0.1 ("Marshmallow") phone, but you might not pick that directly at first glance. That’s because like all other Oppo phones offered directly into the Australian market, it runs what Oppo calls "ColorOS", a highly modified Android launcher of Oppo’s own making. Simplicity is the key here, with no app tray for your Android apps, but instead an ever-expanding series of pages, similar to the way that iOS manages its apps.
In technology terms, the Oppo R9s runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core processor with 4GB of RAM, 64GB of onboard storage plus the ability to expand that via microSD card storage. That’s a slight tick up from what you might expect out of a mid-range phone, at least on the RAM side. It’s not likely to challenge the performance of this year’s Snapdragon 835 flagships, but it’s not priced to do so.
Where Oppo wants to hype the R9s is in its camera capabilities. It uses 16MP sensors rear and front, and on the rear sits a specially developed Sony f/1.7 sensor with phase detection autofocus. That should lead to especially crisp photos, and is again a step up for mid-range devices.
Full HD should be expected on any mid-range phone in 2017, and that’s precisely what you get with the Oppo R9s, which features a 5.5 inch 1080p display. It includes a fingerprint sensor for unlocking and a 3010mAh internal battery with support for Oppo’s own 25 watt VOOC fast charging. That relies on using the supplied Oppo charging adaptor, although it will charge more slowly from a regular phone charger as well.
Want to know more about the Oppo R9s? Our comprehensive review runs it through its paces, coming to the conclusion that:
If you’re keen on an iPhone but the $1,000-and-rising price for Apple’s finest puts you off, it’s a very fine substitute. The camera is good, general app performance is decent and the fingerprint sensor is amongst the fastest we’ve ever tested.
It does have its flaws, including a lack of NFC and the sometimes strange way that the ColorOS launcher works with Android, but it's a very fine option at its price point.
Oppo R9s: Australian release date
Oppo will sell the Oppo R9s from 30 January through JB Hi-Fi outright, as well as on contract through Optus, Vodafone and Woolworths Mobile.
Oppo R9s: Price
The R9s will sell in Australia for $598 outright through JB Hi-Fi.
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