The Oppo R9s Plus provides a large screen phone experience at a fraction of premium pricing.
When does the Oppo R9s Plus come out? The Oppo R9s Plus is available for outright purchase and on contract in Australia now.
What’s new about the Oppo R9s Plus? 16MP F1.7 rear camera with Dual PDAF, Vooc Flash Charge, Solid state fingerprint reader
How much will the Oppo R9s Plus cost? Outright at $698 or on contract.
What is the Oppo R9s Plus?
The Oppo R9s Plus is Oppo’s latest phone to hit the Australian market after the Oppo R9s, and as the name suggests, it’s the bigger brother to Oppo’s stylish Android handset.
Oppo sells its phones pitched strongly at a mid-range market segment that wants a good looking phone with reasonable power but isn’t keen on either picking up a budget cheapie or for that matter a premium-priced device. While the strong focus for much of Oppo’s history has been on phones available for outright purchase, the Oppo R9s Plus can also be acquired on contract terms.
Like much of Oppo’s output, the Oppo R9s Plus has a strong resemblance to Apple’s iPhone lines, with rounded corners, a solid front-mounted home button that also doubles as a fingerprint sensor and Oppo’s own "ColorOS" overlay that fairly closely mimics Apple’s iOS. Being an Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow") phone, you could add any launcher you like to it, but it’s designed to work best within the ColorOS environment.
Is the Oppo R9s Plus powerful?
Oppo equips the Oppo R9s Plus with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 SoC and 6GB of RAM, which is an interesting mix of a mid-range processor with quite a lot of RAM. That should give it an edge in the competitive mid-range space, where we’ve seen a lot of gradual improvement over the years. Don’t expect the Oppo R9s Plus to hold its own against, say, an iPhone 7 Plus or the Galaxy S8+, but then again, don’t expect to pay as much either.
Does the Oppo R9s Plus have a good camera?
Oppo is well aware of the benefits of having a good camera in a smartphone as a sales tactic, going so far as to use its Mobile World Congress 2017 launch simply to announce a new 5x Optical Zoom feature. That will be found in upcoming phones, but the Oppo R9s Plus should be no slouch in camera terms with a primary 16MP f/1.7 camera with inbuilt optical image stabilisation. On the front sits a 16MP f/2.0 camera. Oppo includes its "Beautify" software on the phone for softening selfie images if that’s important to you. We’re yet to put the Oppo R9s Plus through its photographic paces, but if Oppo’s hype is any indication it could be something special, particularly at this price point.
How do I charge the Oppo R9s Plus?
The Oppo R9s Plus uses a standard micro USB charger; while we’re seeing more and more phones opt for the newer USB C standard, Oppo is yet to go down this particular path. What it does offer is its own proprietary fast charging solution, called VOOC Flash Charge. This uses a specific high-capacity charger that Oppo says can power up the Oppo R9s Plus’ battery very quickly. You can still use a regular charger with the Oppo R9s Plus, but it will charge much more slowly if you do.
Is the Oppo R9s Plus water resistant?
Oppo doesn’t list the Oppo R9s Plus as being specifically water resistant, so full immersion in water is not advised. It is fitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which should protect it from drops and bumps, but that’s a different matter to it getting wet.
When will the Oppo R9s Plus be available in Australia?
The Oppo R9s Plus is available in Australia now for outright purchase or on contract.
How much will the Oppo R9s Plus cost?
The Oppo R9s Plus sells in Australia at a recommended price of $698 at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Woolworths.
It is also offered on contract through Woolworths Mobile if you’re happy to go on a 24 month contract:
Oppo R9s Plus Specifications
|Processor||1.95GHz Octa-core Snapdragon 653|
|Size||163.6 x 80.8 x 7.4 mm|