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Oppo R9s Plus Review

Oppo’s latest phablet, the R9s Plus is an aesthetically-pleasing 6-inch device that strikes a fine balance between beauty, form and functionality. It’s strong front and rear camera that received a new Optical Image Stabiliser (OIS) as well as longer-lasting battery life makes it stand out amongst the sea of mid to high-end devices. However, the Oppo R9s Plus’ chipset and upgraded RAM still isn’t quite at the flagship standard we hoped for. Nevertheless, at a price of SGD 779, the R9s Plus is well worth its price.

Design

The Oppo R9s Plus looks rather identical to its predecessor, the R9s and even the R9. There hasn’t seem to be any change to its design other than receiving an upgrade in screen size. This is fine by all means and measure considering that its predecessor and itself look stunning. To some, the resemblance of the Oppo R9s Plus to the iPhone may be too strong, but for those who don’t mind the mirrored design will find the sleek R9s Plus a gorgeous device.

The R9s Plus has a dimension of 163.63 x 80.8 x 7.35mm, which isn’t very large for a 6” smartphone, so portability issues with this phablet, whilst still present, is cut down to a minimum.

It also weighs 185g, which is the average for phablets its size, but the design of the R9s Plus seems to make the weight spread out really evenly across the entire body such that it feels lighter than other devices in the same weight category.

The matte metallic rear of the Oppo R9s is cool to the touch, and has the same “six-string” design, which seeks to replace the antenna lines traditionally found on smartphones. The edges of the R9s are rounded nicely to give off an elegant feel, which may appeal to female consumers.

The front of the smartphone is covered with a glossy screen and a white frame, quite similar to Apple’s smartphones also. Under the screen, you will find a fingerprint sensor on the home button, which is not a physical button, but a capacitive one. This is good in a sense that it removes the issue of a spoilt home button, which you often see on iPhones in the market these days.

Hardware

The 6” display of the Oppo R9s Plus is built with a 16M Amoled Colour display, and a full-HD (1920 x 1080px) resolution with a pixel density of 367ppi. It could most certainly do better in the field of resolution and pixel density to give better image clarity, but a full-HD resolution usually suffices for smartphone screens anyway.

Colours on the R9s Plus appear really vibrant and the contrast is stark. This is useful for those who wish to use it to consume media and it helps photographers get a better preview of their scenes and shots before taking them too.

The dual-SIM smartphone is also armed with 64GB ROM, which is pretty standard for devices in this price range and it allows for memory expansion up to 256GB if you use an external memory card.

Performance

The Oppo R9s Plus holds a Snapdragon 653 processor, which is the best of the 65- series, but it is still not as powerful as the flagship 820 or 821. It makes up for the chipset with 6GB worth of RAM, which is certainly ample for any multi-tasking you wish to throw at the R9s Plus.

AnTuTu benchmarks gave the R9s Plus a score of 93,308.

Gaming performance wasn’t superb. It can handle most games fine, but the most intense 3D games like N.O.V.A. or Asphalt 8 still didn’t seem as smooth as flagships. 3DMark test gave the device a score of 963.

The general user experience on the Oppo R9s Plus was pleasant. ColorOS 3.0 which is the skin used to run the Android device is clean and simple. It has customisable gestures to turn you screen on and off, eye protection modes and the ability to take long screenshots.

Camera

This is where the Oppo R9s Plus truly shines. The camera on the R9s Plus is spectacular. The hardware is similar to the R9s, with an IMX398 1 / 2.8” sensor that’s exclusive to the Oppo device. It also comes with dual Phase Detection autofocus and OIS+ which helps the phone focus really quickly and accurately even when used by those with shaky hands.

The device has both a 16MP sensor on the front and rear camera, with a wide aperture if f/1.7, which is the best you can expect from any smartphone, being the same as the stellar S7 Edge. This allows for low-light shots to be shot really well, which I found to be quite impressive.

The front camera also shot clear photos, but I’m not exactly sure how clear you need your selfies to be. Then again, if you want to take selfies with gorgeous sceneries in the background, the R9s Plus will do an outstanding job.

Clarity and detail on the R9s Plus is great, and the hardware, whilst impressive, is supported by just an equally amazing capture software that processes really beautiful photos with a strong vibrant contrast and yet not overly saturated or artificial.

Battery

The R9s Plus managed to get a battery upgrade a high-capacity 4,000mAh one, which is above the average in the market, and the Snapdragon 653 chipset seems to be rather power-efficient. In my moderate usage of the R9s Plus, I managed to get it to run for a full work day plus a little more, so bringing around a portable charger isn’t really necessary with the R9s Plus.

It is also supported by VOOC Fast-Charging capabilities, which Oppo’s version of QuickCharge, and it works really well, charging the phone between 1.5x to 2x the normal charging speed. One thing special about this is that whilst most phones overheat easily when they are rapidly charged, the Oppo R9s Plus doesn’t. However, it’s worth noting that the R9s Plus still retains the old microUSB, USB Type B port instead of the Type C port we are seeing with most flagships nowadays.

Conclusion

The Oppo R9s Plus is basically a spectacular device that has a camera that outperforms many flagships, a long-lasting battery life and a sleek body. The only thing that could be improved is its processor and GPU, which are good enough for most, but still not quite there on the flagship level. Nevertheless, the smooth user experience on the R9s Plus makes the device one I highly recommend to shutterbugs who want a large-screened mid-to-high-end smartphone that’s priced reasonably.

The devices can be purchased from Oppo stores at these locations:

  • OPPO Concept Stores
    • Suntec City Concept Store
      • Suntec City Mall Tower 3, #01-627 to 630, Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
    • Ang Mo Kio Concept Store
      • Ang Mo Kio Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #B1-10, Singapore 569933
    • Chinatown Concept Store
      • People’s Park Complex, 1 Park Road, #01-22, Singapore 059108
    • Causeway Point Concept Store
      • #03-26A, Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099
    • Compass One Concept Store
      • #B1-33, 1 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545078
    • Geylang Concept Store
      • 333 Geylang Road, Singapore 389364
    • Jurong Point Concept Store
      • 1 Jurong West Central 2 #B1-15, Singapore 648886
    • Tampines Concept Store
      • 4 Tampines Centre #03-03, Singapore 529510

Zayne Seah
A tech geek going beyond specs.

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