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4G/LTE

LTE LTE Cat 600/150Mbps from X12 modem
Dual VoLTE and VoWi-Fi
Dual Sim (second is microSD as well)
Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41

This phone supports a huge range of 4G bands. It has all unique Australian bands and plenty for overseas roaming. Importantly it supports VoWi-Fi that is vital if you want to make calls in Telstra’s new small cell areas.

400/85Mbps speeds on Telstra 4G 4-bar signal strength. Good as it gets.

Operating system

OS Android 8.1
Security Patch May (review in mid-July)
Colour OS 5.0

Colour OS is OPPO’s way of avoiding everything Google as mandated in China. In Australia, we get a full suite of Google apps as well.

Over the years I have seen it go from heavy-handed to a light touch. The learning curve is easy, especially for Apple users.

This version has a new AI engine for things like translation, facial recognition, app optimisation and security.

My only advice is that it is not pure Android and updates will take longer.

Build etc

Colours Cosmic Purple, Ruby Red
Aluminium frame.
Build Curved gradiated ruby glass or black ceramic back
The ceramic body does not require antenna lines
Dimensions 156.5 x 75.2 x 8 mm x 180g
IP Rating IP67 up to 1m for 30 mins

As much as these are lovely colours they are fingerprint magnets and can be slippery. Use the poly bumper case.

Build it solid with an aluminium frame under ceramic or glass.

IP67 is new for OPPO and its about time.

What’s missing

Missing USB-C
Qi wireless charging
Front notification LED

VOOC fast charge uses spare pins in micro-USB that are not available in USB-C. The new Find X has USB-C and a new version of VOOC (which we expect is Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0)

Qi is not usually in a mid-range phone.

The AMOLED always-on-display covers lack of a notification LED admirably.

Price

Price $779
Website https://www.oppo.com/au/smartphone-r15_pro

For those on a budget, the R15 is almost identical. At $659 it saves a few dollars by using a MediaTek MT6771 processor with similar speed specs to the Qualcomm.

Camera

Rear Camera 1
Primary
16 MP, f/1.7, 25mm, 1/2.6″, 1.22µm), PDAF, HDR
Sony Exmore RS IMX519 sensor
Face detection, AI-enhanced for 120 scenes, AI Beauty 2.0, flash
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Rear Camera 2 20 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/2.8″, 1µm)
Sony Exmor IMX376
Selfie 20 MP, f/2.0, Sensor HDR, fixed focus
3D lighting technique
[email protected] recognition recognize 296 points on your face

OPPO have started to use the term ‘cameraphone’. It indicates that their priority is the best picture for the price – whether it is its entry-level A73, mid-range R-series or the coming, innovative Find X flagship.

OPPO R15 Pro