March 29:Oppo India has started sending media invites for an event on April 5 for a “camera phone launch”, where the company is expected to reveal the R9 and R9 Plus smartphones in India. The Chinese company has also started teasing the “selfie-expert” handsets on Facebook and Twitter.
In its last tweet, Oppo Mobile India wrote, “The most dazzling and eye- catching finish, that will make heads turn. Coming Soon!” An earlier tweet from Oppo read, “A phone that recognizes you. Coming Soon!”
At this point, it’s not clear whether the company will launch both phones at the same event. We will have to wait till April 5 to see what Oppo has in store for us.
To refresh, Oppo unveiled its new camera-focused R9 and R9 Plus smartphones earlier this month in China. The Oppo R9 and Oppo R9 Plus have been priced at CNY 2,799 (approximately Rs. 29,000) and CNY 3,299 (approximately Rs. 34,000) respectively.
The biggest highlight of the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus smartphones is that they pack 16-megapixel front cameras with 78.1-degree wide-angle lens and an f/2.0 aperture. On the rear, the Oppo R9 sports a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, with an f/2.2 aperture. The R9 Plus packs Sony’s IMX298 CMOS sensor in its 16-megapixel rear camera with an f/2/0 aperture. Both the smartphones support features such as PDAF (phase detection autofocus) and 4K video recording.
Both devices sport the same design with a fingerprint scanner placed right below the display which the company touts will unlock in just 0.2 seconds. The noticeable difference between the Oppo R9 and R9 Plus is in screen size. The R9 features a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display while the R9 Plus features a 6-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) Amoled display.
Under the hood, the Oppo R9 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 (MT6755) processor clocked at 2GHz while the Oppo R9 Plus packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 (MSM8976) processor clocked at 1.8GHz. Both the smartphones feature 4GB of RAM. Both the handsets run ColorOS 3.0 based on Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.
The Oppo R9 will be available in just 64GB storage version while the Oppo R9 Plus will come in both 64GB and 128GB models. The R9 and R9 Plus smartphones are backed by a 2850mAh and 4120mAh batteries respectively. Both the devices support dual-SIM and come with hybrid SIM slot which means they also support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 128GB).
Similar to other Oppo devices, the R9 and R9 Plus support VOOC flash charge that is claimed to offer up to 2 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes for charging. Connectivity options on both the phones include 4G with VoLTE support, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB.