Oppo R9s Unboxing and First Impressions

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The Oppo R9s was announced back in October 2016, and is available at our shores in early January 2017. The R9s is Oppo’s higher end device which is said to be replacing the dated Oppo F1 Plus. In Malaysia, the R9s is priced at RM1798, with no news of its larger brother, the R9s Plus.

Unboxing

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The packaging of the Oppo R9s is rather standard when compared to other Oppo devices since they have rather similar packaging. The Oppo R9s is presented right on the top after removing the cover, in its own protective plastics. The box right below it contains the usual documentations, as well as an included transparent soft case, which is a nice touch. The rest of the box contains a USB wall adapter, a microUSB cable, a pair of earphones and a SIM tray ejector. It also comes with a pre-applied screen protector.

First Impressions

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The design of the Oppo R9s follows Oppo’s latest smartphone design language. In fact, its quite similar to the Oppo F1s that we’ve taken a look at a while back. In fact, its kind of hard to tell which is which from a distance since they have almost identical looks and it’s a little ridiculous. Still, its premium looking and quite stylish.

The front features a 5.5-inch Full HD (1080 X 1920) display with AMOLED backlighting, which is a nice touch. It also has a density of 401 pixels-per-inch. Above the screen is a LED notification light, 16-megapixel front-facing camera with aperture of f/2.0, along with an earpiece and some sensors. The bottom features a touch-capacitive home “button” with fingerprint reader built in. It’s not a button, but still will provide haptic feedback. At both sides are the remaining Android capacitive touch controls.

The volume buttons are on the left, and the power button houses on the right as usual. Above the power button is an ejectable tray with 2 slots. The primary slot takes a usual nanoSIM card, and the secondary slot either takes a nanoSIM card or microSD storage expansion like most phones we’ve seen these days. The bottom of the phone is where the speaker, microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack lives.

The back is where it has a little difference between the R9s and other Oppo/vivo devices. Even though it still has 2 antenna lines which ran across the back of the device, it is a 3 line design which Oppo made a huge deal about how it improves cellular signal. Other than that, the usual 16-megapixel camera and the LED flash lives at the usual spot, with a bit of buldge on the camera lens.

Specs

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The Oppo R9s is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 which is a good start compared to the usual MTK processors they’ve used in the past. It’s still an octa-core unit which is clocked at 2.0 GHz. Sounds good isn’t it? Included is 4GB of RAM and 64GB of on-board storage, plus it will take microSD cards up to 256GB. It comes with Android 6.0 Marshmallow, with Oppo’s own ColorOS customization on top. 2 colours are available at launch: Gold and Rose Gold, with the Black edition rumoured to be hitting our shores soon.