OPPO R15 Pro - a flagship by any other name (review)
4.6Overall Score

Price (RRP): $779
Manufacturer: OPPO

OPPO have come from an obscure brand five years ago to one of the largest in the world. They have done it by making amazing quality and performance phones like the OPPO R15 Pro.

Michael Tran, OPPO’s Australian Managing Director ‘poppoed’ into GadgetGuy for a chat. He revealed the new six-monthly model product cycle (and it is hard to keep up) and some of its secret sauce that has led to rapid growth.

OPPO’s strategy is obviously working as its R11 series (replaced by the R15 series) has become the world’s second-largest smartphone by sales volume. In Australia, the R9 was the largest single selling smartphone in 2017.

All we can say is that its ‘fashion-centric approach (the Cosmic Purple and Ruby Red are stunning) and its focus on the ‘cameraphone’ (now a trademark for OPPO) make this a desirable device. In Asia, and I daresay Australia, OPPO is now part of the culture.

In the box

  • OPPO R15 Pro
  • OPPO premium 3.5mm earphone/mic
  • VOOC Fast charger 5V/4A
  • VOOC USB-A t micro-USB (if you use a standard cable it will not fast charge)
  • Clear polycarbonate bumper case

We issue the standard warning that you must buy the genuine Model CPH-1831 with Australian firmware as it works on all Australian Carrier LTE bands.

The first impression

OPO R15 Pro

How could you not love the Ruby Red review unit? Mind you the ruby red flower home screen was a little over the top for me. No issues – OPPO has a huge theme store.

OPPO R15 ProSpecifications OPPO R15 Pro Model CPH-1831

We have changed our ‘monolithic’ specifications table to place relevant comments and tests after each segment.

Screen

Screen 6.28-inch, 2280 x 1080, 19:9, 401ppi, AMOLED
89% S-T-B-R, Gorilla Glass 5,
Pre-applied glass protector
With Notch

At 6.28” very few phones in the bracket can compare. The front is almost all screen except for the ‘notch’ and a small bottom bezel. It is brilliant for videos.

OPPO uses a Samsung AMOLED with a diamond pentile matrix. This means two smaller oval-shaped green for every larger diamond shaped red and blue pixel (RGBG). Samsung has been using this since the Galaxy S5. The primary advantage is lower power consumption for higher resolutions.

At 410 nits white, 0 nits black and an infinite contrast sunlight readability is as good as any other AMOLED screen.

There is no sRGB or DCI-P3 rating. It has three colour presets – cooler, warmer and default. Colours are accurate within the preset chosen.

It is AMOLED – what more do you need?

Performance

Processor Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 and 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260
GPU Adreno 512
Game acceleration mode
RAM 6GB
128GB (105GB free)
microSD to 256GB
OTG

The Qualcomm 660 is the fastest of the current 6-series. It is equivalent in many ways to last year’s flagship 835.

OPPO and sister companies vivo and OnePlus use it almost exclusively. But you will also find it in the BalckBerry Key2 and Nokia 7 Plus.