OPPO is launching its new R9 series this Thursday and it will be a step above its current R7 series that’s powered by a mid-range Snapdragon 615 processor. Ahead of its launch, the purported spec sheet has been leaked on Twitter and it will come in two sizes.
The R9 is the smaller of the two with a sizable 5.5″ display that does Full HD resolution and it is only 6.6mm thin. On-board it gets an unspecified 64-bit Octa-Core processor with 4GB RAM and 64GB of on-board storage. In terms of design, the R9 has a iPhone-like appearance and it now comes with a front mounted fingerprint scanner that’s likely to double up as a home button. Powering the R9 is a 2,850mAh battery which is likely to retain the current VOOC charging technology that gives you 2 hours of talk time with a quick 5 minute charge.
The R9 Plus is a mammoth device, pretty much like the R7 Plus. It gets a large 6″ Full HD screen and it is juiced up by a large 4,120mAh battery. Under the hood, it runs on a Snapdragon 652 processor, which is similar as the Redmi Note 3 (international) but it gets 8 cores instead of 6. It is also mated with 4GB of RAM and there’s a choice of either 64GB or 128GB of storage. With a larger battery, the R9 Plus is thicker at 7.7mm and it weighs 185grams.
In the imaging department, both R9 and R9 Plus will sport a 16MP front camera for higher resolution selfies. For the rear, the R9 gets a 13MP camera while the R9 Plus gets a 16MP unit. Yup, the R9 has a higher pixelcount camera at the front than its main camera.
Both models are listed to be running on ColorOS 3.0 and we hope that it comes with at least Android 6.0 Marshmallow underneath. According to OPPO Malaysia, the new R9 series will be available a month later, which is sometime in mid-April. Colour wise, expect the R9 to come in Gold and Rose Gold.
As mentioned previously, OPPO has yet to release a proper flagship device since the Find 7. While it isn’t the “Find 9” that we’re looking for, the Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of RAM should put this on par against other high-end phablet contenders.