OPPO Pad Air and Enco Buds R launch as the latest affordable offerings in their categories
OPPO has launched its latest and relatively leak-busting Android smartphones of the Reno8 line today (May 23, 2022); however, the also-rumored Pad Air might turn some heads with its design. Its accent strip is graced with a novel, Zen garden-like finish that is also somewhat iridiscent in its Star Silver colorway.
Despite the thought put into distinguishing it from its inaugural Pad forebear, it seems the Air variant has been launched to make that preceding Android slate look more premium by comparison. Its well-predicted Snapdragon 680 platform drives a 10.36-inch 2000x1200 360-nit LCD display with a standard 60Hz refresh rate.
Then again, these specs might help the Pad Air stay on for a prolonged time with its 7,100mAh battery, although its 18W top charging speed might ensure that it spends a lot of time tethered to the wall as well.
The OPPO Pad Air starts at 1,299 yuan (~US$195) for a SKU with 4GB of RAM and just 64GB of internal storage - although there is support for microSD cards of up to 512GB in size, and tops out at 1,699 yuan (~$255) for a 6/128GB top-end.
Therefore, consumers attracted to these price-points may be drawn to the new Enco R TWS earbuds for similar reasons. They might exhibit OPPO's least imaginative, AirPod-clone form-factor to date - then again, they do offer generous 13.4mm drivers, as well as touch controls, Bluetooth 5.2 and an estimated 20 hours of battery life.
Then again, there is no mention of features such as ANC or wireless charging here. Accordingly, the Encos R have been set at 299 yuan (~US$41) from their release on June 1, 2022.