Not long after the release of the R9, Oppo has unveiled the R9s. Billed as an upgrade to the R9, the R9s comes with a Sony IMX398 sensor, the all-new Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Autofocus) technology, and an improved rear camera. The OPPO R9s is set to be available for pre-order on OPPO’s retail and online stores, as well as from Lazada’s online store from 29 November 2016 to 9 December 2016, and will be ready for collection on the public launch of the phone, 10 December 2016, from OPPO’s Suntec store.
The OPPO R9s combines its’ predecessor’s widely popular selfie-snapping capabilities, with an improved 16 MP rear camera, which features the all-new Sony IMX398 sensor – a customized 1/2.8-inch sensor, jointly developed by OPPO and Sony. Paired with an extra-wide f/1.7 aperture, Oppo says that the R9s is guaranteed to capture 40 percent more light than in previous generations.
Oppo has spent a lot of time making sure that the camera of the R9 was of the highest quality, and they seem to have carried here. Thanks to its Dual PDAF technology, the rear camera offers faster focusing speed and noise reduction, allowing users to snap clear images at a moment’s notice. This new technology increases the area of the sensor’s pixel array by a 100 percent, when compared to standard PDAF solutions, making for lightning-fast focusing — even in low light — and producing crystal-clear images.
Keeping up the power
The previous R9 iteration that VR-Zone reviewed received high marks for its performance. Oppo has not rested on their laurels with this new phone. It sports a Qualcomm octa-core processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM, and cruises seamlessly on ColorOS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0). The 64 GB of onboard storage can be expanded by an additional 256 GB, ensuring users will have plenty of room to store the crystal-clear shots they take with new Dual PDAF. The phone also comes with a fingerprint scanner like most other major phones nowadays. However, Oppo promises that the system is smarter than other versions. This means that your print is refined over time and less likely to be temperamental.
All this processing power requires a good battery, and Oppo seems to have thought of that as well. The R9s is backed with a 3,010 mAh battery and OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge technology. Users should not be spending hours shackled to their power outlets, or reliant on power packs to see the day through.
|OS||Color OS v3.0 (based on Android 6.0)|
|Platform||Qualcomm MSM8953 (Octa-core 2.0GHz)|
LTE Bands 1/3/5/7/8/20/28/TD-38/39/40/41
|Data Connectivity||LTE: 300Mbps/50Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Display, DLNA, BT 4.1 LE, VPN, WIFI Hotspot
|Dimensions||153 X 74.3 X 6.58mm|
|Weight||147g (with battery)|
|Colour||Gold, Rose Gold|
|Display/TP||16M AMOLED Colors, 1920*1080, FHD, 5.5”, 401PPI
|Camera||16.0MP Front FF LED Flash; f/2.0 Aperture
16.0MP Rear AF; f/1.7 Aperture, Sony IMX 398
|Memory||ROM 64GB + RAM 4GB, External Memory up to 256GB|
|SIM Card||Dual SIM – Nano (dual standby)|
|Connectors||Micro-USB, 3.5mm Audio Jack|
|Multimedia||Video Player/Recorder, Audio Player|
|Others||GPS, G-Sensor, E-Compass
Light & Proximity Sensor
Pricing and Availability
The R9s will be available for pre-order from 29 November 2016 to 9 December 2016, before going on sale from 10 December 2016 (Gold) and January (Rose Gold) for $679. You can purchase it either from Oppo concept stores or all M1, Singtel and Starhub stores.