These are OPPO’s next smartphones and they are big on cameras

It’s more than a year since OPPO introduced its original OPPO R9 series and they are about to release a new successor with the R11. Like the current series, it will come in two sizes with the OPPO R11 and OPPO R11 Plus. After playing around with larger sensors and quicker dual PDAF focusing technology, OPPO is finally jumping on the dual-camera bandwagon.

The OPPO R11 follows the same successful recipe as its current photography-centric smartphones. They offer a typical 5.5″ display for the R11 while the R11 Plus sports a larger 6.0″ display. Both are getting premium metal unibody designs with mid-range processors under the hood. The similarities to Apple’s iPhone 7 continues with its familiar antenna band design.

Both the R11 and R11 Plus are listed on China’s TENAA certification database and both will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest 14nm Snapdragon 660 processor. For the R11, it gets 4GB RAM and 64GB storage while the R11 Plus gets a beefier 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage. If you need more storage, both models are expandable via microSD.

In terms of camera, the rear will come with a 20MP main shooter while the secondary lens is a 16MP unit that does 2X Optical Zoom. Meanwhile, the front gets a higher resolution 20MP selfie shooter. As a comparison, OPPO’s current OPPO R9s comes with a single 16MP f/1.7 main camera with dual PDAF while the front comes with a 16MP f/2.0 selfie shooter. Battery wise, the R11 is listed with a 2,900mAh battery while the R11 Plus comes with a 3,880mAh capacity unit.

Back in MWC 2017, OPPO had showcased a 5X Zoom camera technology which was pretty impressive. However, looking at the top image above, the R11 appears to be using two fixed cameras without incorporating OPPO’s telescopic design from its 5X camera concept. The R11 and R11 Plus should be launching pretty soon and we expect both models to run on the latest Android 7.1.1 OS with its custom ColorOS skin on top.

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Alexander Wong