Oppo Upsizes to the R9s Plus

For some brands a 5.5 inch screen is the “Plus” size, but as we discovered a few weeks ago, the standard Oppo R9s ($598) comes with a 5.5 inch full high definition AMOLED screen. The just released Oppo R9s Plus gets six inches, still AMOLED, still full high definition. Just more real estate for your eyes. Cost? $698.

It’s not just a bigger screen, but apparently a total redesign. For example, instead of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 4GB of RAM, it gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 and 6GB of RAM. (Is 653 better than 625? Faster comms to memory it seems, but only USB 2.0 instead of USB 3.0. You choose!)

Oppo is highlighting the 4,000mAh battery to give you a longer running time – “throughout the day” they say. It also comes with 64GB of storage built in, plus provision for the addition of up to 128GB of microSD (according to the press release) or 256GB (according to the provided specs).

It packs a 16 megapixel camera sporting a Sony IMX398 Exmor RS sensor with dual pixel Phase Detection Auto Focus and an f/1.7 aperture. It also features optical image stabilisation, with “a 40% larger anti-shake area” (larger than what I’m not sure.) According to the provided specifications, the maximum video recording quality is full HD at 30 frames per second.

The phone runs Android 6.0.1 with Oppo’s Color OS 3.0 mods. There is a headphone socket. There is Bluetooth and whatnot. But there are no NFC (near field communications).

I expect to be getting ahold of one soon, so I’ll let you know how it goes. Right now it’s available at JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Woolies. You can get it in black or gold.