The Oppo R1C has finally gone official. The smartphone is Oppo’s first official launch this year and comes with a gorgeous reflective sapphire crystal back. The R1C is a mid-range offering with a stress on design.
The Oppo R1C comes with a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 HD resolution. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 64-bit 1.5GHz octa-core chipset. The device also includes 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage. There is a microSD card slot available, so the memory can be expanded further by up to 128GB. At the back, you will find a 13MP camera with the Sony IMX214 sensor and a f2.0 aperture lens. On the front, there is a 5MP resolution snapper for selfies. The R1C is impressively thin too, with a maximum thickness of just 6.85mm. The battery capacity of 2,420mAh is decent enough, although we do feel Oppo could have crammed in a slightly bigger battery in there. The smartphone supports 4G LTE networks and also includes two SIM card slots. As for the software, you will find Oppo’s familiar Color OS running on it, with the 2.0.1 version based on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The Oppo R1C has so far been announced for the Chinese market only and will be going on sale in China from January 20th onwards. It has been priced at 2,499 RMB ($404) in China. The price may seem to be a bit steep, but you have to remember that it comes with a Sapphire Crystal glass panel on the back. This is the primary reason why the smartphone costs higher than other mid-range smartphone offerings from Chinese OEMs with similar hardware specs.
Right now no information is available on whether the smartphone will launch in other markets outside of China, but we do expect it to become available in at least a few other Asian markets in the coming weeks.