OPPO R15 Pro Malaysia: This is everything you need to know

If you’ve been looking for a more upmarket smartphone from OPPO Malaysia, the company’s brand new R15 Pro may just be the device for you. Its a far more capable device than the handsets that fill the roster of OPPO’s F-series and it comes with something that’s all the rage right now: A gradient colourway.

OPPO’s R15 Pro officially launched in Malaysia today and it will be priced at RM2,399 with 0% GST. You can get this brand new handset in two colourways that have a dark to light gradient pattern to them: Ruby Red and Cosmic Purple. Both are glossy devices, so you can expect it to be quite the fingerprint magnet.

OPPO Malaysia will be accepting pre-orders for the R15 Pro from the 25th to 31st of May 2018 and they will be throwing in a WeLoop XH3 smartwatch worth RM399 in for free. You can place your pre-orders at either the OPPO Online Store or with Celcom (from RM42/month with Easyphone). The smartphone will then hit shelves at OPPO concept stores, online, Celcom and Maxis on the 1st of June 2018.

If you can’t wait that long, you can also walk into the OPPO flagship store in KLCC on the 29th of May 2018 and either collect your pre-order early or buy the handset directly. Otherwise, you will receive your pre-ordered phones on the 1st of June.

For that money, you’re getting the most capable smartphone OPPO makes right now. The device sports a 6.28″ Full HD+ OLED display that pushes a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels which means it has an aspect ratio of 19:9 and slim bezels. Yes, it has a notch but by now are you even surprised anymore?

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At its core, the R15 Pro packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor, clocked at 2.2GHz, mated to 6GB of RAM and a generous 128GB of internal storage. We’re really glad manufacturers are starting to launch phones with 128GB of base storage but if that’s still not enough for you, you can expand it further with a microSD card. Keeping the lights on is a 3,430 mAh battery that has support for OPPO’s VOOC Flash Charge fast-charging standard via a microUSB port.

For photos, the R15 Pro features a dual-camera setup at the back which combines a 16MP f/1.7 aperture camera with a 20MP f/1.7 aperture camera. In front, you’ll be greeted by a 20MP shooter with an f/2.0 aperture lens when you want to take a selfie or check to see if you have anything in your teeth.

The cameras will come with a bunch of AI features including AI Recognition, AI Beautification, and AR stickers among others. In low light, the 20MP f/1.7 camera at the back can rearrange their pixel combination to give you better performance when the going gets dark.

In addition, there’s also OPPO’s own version of 3D Portrait Lighting that works a lot like the kind we’ve already seen on Huawei’s P20 and the Apple iPhone X.

On the software side of things, the OPPO R15 Pro will come running Android 8.1 Oreo with the Chinese company’s own ColorOS 5.0 skin running on top. Interestingly, the OPPO R15 Pro is part of Google’s list of supported handsets for the Android P beta programme despite the heavily skinned OS.

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All of these specs and hardware is finally wrapped up in a gorgeous glass and metal body that feels pretty good in the hand thanks to a gentle curve on the back. Add that to the fact that the Cosmic Purple variant comes with a gentle gradient (from dark to light) and you’ve got quite a handsome smartphone.

There’s also a fingerprint scanner at the back, but if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, you can always use the R15 Pro’s face unlock feature instead. Apparently it will be able to unlock your phone in 0.08 seconds.

Is this phone worth the money? Well, for RM2,399, it is the same price as the brand new OnePlus 6 and the latter handset has a much more capable set of specifications that include a flagship-grade Snapdragon 845 processor. The R15 Pro is also quite a lot more expensive than Xiaomi’s Mi MIX 2S which also features a flagship-grade Snapdragon 845 processor to the R15 Pro’s mid-range Snapdragon 660 chip.

What do you guys think of the OPPO R15 Pro? Let me know in the comments below.