This is the OPPO R15 which likely also doubles up as the OnePlus 6
OPPO has announced the release of its new R15 devices in China. OPPO's R-series is the company's premium brand, and it offers—or is supposed to, anyway—an excellent multimedia experience. The company is the fourth-largest smartphone brand in the world, in any case, so it has to be doing something right.
The two new devices are the R15 and an R15 Dream Mirror variant. Both devices are the same for the most part, but with slight tweaks under the hood. Both feature 6.28-inch FHD+ displays, with the irregular size and resolution coming as a result of included notches. They both feature 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, which is ample enough for all users.
On the camera side of the fence, both devices sport a dual rear camera setup comprised of a 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5MP secondary camera with f/2.2 aperture. There is, of course, Electronic Image Stabilization present. On the front of the device, there's a 20MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture.
SoC is where the devices see the biggest difference, with the R15 being powered by the new Helio P60, and the Dream Mirror variant getting its trucking juice from a Snapdragon 660. Both SoCs have similar performance values, so there's not much of a disparity in that regards. Be sure to be on the lookout for our comprehensive report on the Helio P60's performance.
Battery is where there's another slight difference—the R15 has a 3450 mAh unit, while the Dream Mirror goes with a 3400 mAh unit. Both support OPPO's proprietary VOOC charging.
There's a high chance the OnePlus 6 replicates most of what these devices offer. The OnePlus 5 and 5T both did the same with the OPPO R11 and R11s respectively. OnePlus is something of a sibling brand to OPPO, so that's no surprise, really. We can expect the OnePlus 6 to feature the same build—perhaps with minute changes—cameras, display, and battery. It will, of course, be powered by a Snapdragon 845 instead.
As is tradition with OPPO, the pricing for both devices leaves a lot to be desired. The R15 has a base price tag in the region of US$470, while the Dream Mirror starts at US$520. It's a tad hard to justify those price tags with the packages offered. The Nokia 7 Plus, for example, would be considered a better device—or equal, at least—and goes for just US$370 or thereabouts.
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