Average of 5 scores (from 17 reviews)
Reviews for the Oppo R9s
We’ve gone pretty hard on the phones on the software side, but the reality is that they’re affordable, high quality alternatives to the top-tier phones from the big manufacturers. Color OS simply isn’t to our tastes at all – It makes Oppo’s amazing hardware feel just the little bit more pedestrian and uninspired, and it made it a tough sell to stick with the phones for longer than the review period when our usual day-to-day phones feature a more Android-like UI. There’s an increasing number of Aussies out there buying Oppo’s phones though, and it makes us feel that our criticism of Color OS is perhaps a bit off-base for general consumers.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/02/2017
Source: Hardware Zone
In a nutshell, the Oppo R9s and Oppo R9s Plus are reasonably decent phones - all the expected functionality for its price point, good design (albeit it looks very familiar) and has an acceptable set of cameras for normal photography and high resolution selfies. However in these days, a decent phone for a reasonable price may not be adequate and Oppo needs to be concerned about competition.
Comparison, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/30/2017
Source: Android Authority
The OPPO R9s has an excellent camera, offers impressive battery life, and features a nice display. However, the number of compromises here is staggering. Among derivative design and software, the R9s has sloppy software, offers below average performance, and has a bleak software support outlook. For Western users, the strange display coating, YouTube audio sync issue, and limited availability are even bigger issues to consider.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 03/15/2017
Rating: Total score: 82% performance: 80% display: 75% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
Selling for AUD$598 with 64GB of storage, the OPPO R9s is a great deal, but it’s slightly difficult to recommend over the significantly cheaper F1s if you don’t need the extra bells and whistles, such as the better camera or the horsepower. Vanilla Android would push this phone over the edge and make it an easily recommendable device over its competitors, but as it stands you’ll have to weigh up whether you can deal with the slightly odd operating system. If the operating system isn’t a problem, then you’re getting one of the best value-for-money phones on the market.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/24/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: Bill Bennett
Oppo’s R9s story is all about the price. We don’t know for sure but if it lands in New Zealand at NZ$750 it’ll be competitive. For that money you get most of what you’ll find in premium phones selling for twice the price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 02/15/2017
So, great value for money and general performance ranging from very good to excellent. Oppo is on a winner with the R9s phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 02/01/2017
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 100% performance: 90%
Source: Tech Nave
Comparing it with the F1s, both phones share a lot of similarities and one might even opt for the F1s for being cheaper at RM1198, whereas the R9S stands at RM1798. That’s a RM600 difference and it’s easily understood why some customers won’t go for the R9S. However, the R9S is a lot better in terms of picture quality, and the performance is better with a Snapdragon 625 processor. Let’s not forget the awesome battery recharge technology as well. Despite these good points, we still wished OPPO could have been more creative in their design department for it. Seriously, guys.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/26/2017
Source: Stuff TV
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is a worthy contender, although it doesn’t have the same expandable storage, and the excellent OnePlus 3 is a smidge more expensive, but packs a more powerful Snapdragon 820 chip. In any case, both examples do not have the will to last as long as the R9s.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/05/2017
Rating: Total score: 80%
Source: GSM Arena
That said, Oppo's execution is the best, and this isn't just because of the six-string antenna design (though that's a big part of it). The R9s has the same screen size as the iPhone 7 Plus, but you wouldn't guess it - the Oppo is so much more compact and lighter. The fingerprint reader is faster than Apple's too.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/05/2016
For the past one year, it is hard not to relate the word “selfie” with OPPO Malaysia’s smartphones given how the company has been working hard to establish its devices which include F1, F1 Plus, and F1s as the “Selfie Expert” devices. This year though, the company has somehow decided to focus on the power of rear camera with the arrival of R9s in our market.
Positive: Metal case; slim size; long battery life; fast charge.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 01/14/2017
True to its promise, OPPO today has unveiled two new smartphones called R9s and R9s Plus. As indicated by their names, these new devices are generally the successor to the R9 (released in Malaysia as F1 Plus) and R9 Plus smartphones which themselves were just launched around seven months ago.
Positive: Excellent cameras; decent hardware; support fast charge; flexible fingerprint sensor.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 10/19/2016
Source: Chinahandys.net DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/06/2017
Rating: Total score: 80% performance: 50% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 100%
Source: El Confidencial ES→EN
Positive: Metal case; fast fingerprint reader; quick charge; decent hardware; excellent cameras. Negative: Mediocre design.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 12/07/2016
Source: Komorkomania PL→EN
Positive: Solid workmanship; flexible fingerprint sensor; excellent cameras; support fast charge. Negative: Relatively high price.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 10/20/2016
Source: Komorkomania PL→EN
Positive: Excellent cameras; support fast charge; nice design.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 10/14/2016
Source: Webriyota.com TR→EN
Positive: Beautiful design; metal case; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 01/16/2017
Source: TechZ VN→EN
Positive: Impressive color; nice performance; good cameras; nice display; elegant design.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 04/16/2017
Model: A subgenre of the 5.5" premium mid-range market emerged recently and the R9s is among the best of them. These mid-range premium phones focus on camera performance and battery life, without going full flagship. The Oppo R9s measures 153 x 74.3 x 6.6 mm and weighs 145 g. This makes it smaller in all dimensions than the iPhone 7 Plus, even though both phones have 5.5" screens and fingerprint-enabled home buttons. However, the camera is certainly flagship grade featuring the latest Sony sensor that supports Dual Pixel autofocus and a very bright f/1.7 lens plus 4K 2160p video capture. This strongly improves the performance of the rear camera in low light. There is no optical image stabilization but video recording benefits from the electronic image stabilization system (EIS). A 16 MP camera on the front promises great selfies, too. As for design, the R9s is one of the first devices with a "six-string" design. There are six grooves on the back which there is three near the top, three near the bottom. They are an attractive design element and they work just as well as the usual thick plastic antenna lines that most metal phones have. The metal has a satin finish, soft to the touch and great at hiding fingerprints. The rim around the glass on the front has been polished to a shine, giving the phone a bit of sparkle.
The Oppo R9s features an AMOLED display, which is a surprise because many 5.5" 1,080 x 1,920 pixels displays in the mid-range market are LCD display. It provides better contrast and sunlight legibility, and vivid colors. The display is guarded by scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 5. With the R9s, OPPO has made a switch from the Mediatek Helio P10 to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. This means the R9s has eight low-power cores, there are no high-performance cores. There’s also 4 GB of RAM, so user should have no trouble with moderate to heavy multitasking. With a large 3010 mAh battery to go throughout the day, the Oppo R9s’ long standby time is sure to please. If the battery is running low, a 5-minute charge will provide 120 minutes’ talk time with VOOC fast charging. Furthermore, with ColorOS 3.0, it features a few power saving techniques that are enabled by default, thus the phone often takes up the initiative of killing background apps. The Oppo R9s is a dual-SIM phone that uses a Qualcomm chipset, which means excellent support for the variety of mobile wireless connectivity. This includes the several LTE flavours, GSM and CDMA. VoLTE is supported as well for improved audio quality. Local connectivity is also well covered with Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 4.1 support, but note that there's no NFC for some reason. The Oppo R9s is a perfect example of what this Chinese company is capable of. It might not be the best smartphone in the category but it certainly does give its competition a run for their money.
Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam
Qualcomm Adreno 506: Integrated graphics card in the Snapdragon 625 SoC and based on the new 500-series architecture with support for Vulkan, OpenGL ES 3.1 + AE (3.2) and UBWC.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
625: Mid-range octa-core SoC with eight ARM Cortex-A53 cpu cores at up to 2 GHz, an Adreno 506 GPU, a DDR3L-1866 memory controller and a X9 LTE (Cat 7) modem. Manufactured in the modern 14nm process.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
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