[REVIEW] OPPO R9s, Now It’s Serious Camera Phone!

1/26/2017 Joshua Wong 0 Comments

OPPO has been focusing on its camera features especially selfie-camera by introducing the OPPO F-series last year. This year with the new OPPO R9s, OPPO has level up it game by upgrading its rear camera to a 16 megapixel new sensor 1/2.8”SONY IMX398 featuring Dual PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) system while keeping the 16 megapixel front selfie camera.


This is a sponsored post by OPPO Malaysia

You can check out my earlier unboxing and first impression of the new OPPO R9s.

Specification

• Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
• Adreno 506 GPU
• 5.5-inch AMOLED Full HD Display
• 4GB of RAM
• 64GB Onboard Storage
• 16 megapixel f/1.7 Dual PDAF Rear Camera
• 16 megapixel f/2.0 Front Camera
• Hybrid Dual SIM with microSD Card Slot
• 3,010 mAh Battery Support VOOC Flash Charge
• ColorOS 3.0 based Android 6.0

Design

The OPPO R9s does look identical with the OPPO F1s especially the front. There’s a 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 covering 5.5-inch display. Below the screen is a semi round-rectangle home button with gold trim doubles as a fingerprint sensor. The home button is now in capacitive touch and accompanied with “Back” and “Overview” keys that lit up when in use.



The phone features a full metal unibody design wrapping the big screen with a slim bezel. OPPO has redesigned the antenna line to 6 fine lines (3 top and 3 below) making the rear of the phone look much clean. The camera bump is still there like its others OPPO F-series.



Display

This round OPPO decided to stick with AMOLED display instead the norm IPS display, featuring 5.5-inch Full HD resolution. It produces sharper colors output, deeper saturation as well power efficient as compare to LCD/IPS panel.



The high brightness and sharp text give good readability even under sunlight. Beside that OPPO R9s also features “Eye Protection” filter that reduced the shortwave blue light which harmful to eyes if prolonged viewing on the screen.

Performance

OPPO R9s is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 which based on the 14nm FinFET manufacturing process that promise efficiency performance at the same time lower power consumption. This actually gives a longer battery life without scarifying much on the performance.



Despite the Snapdragon 625 is only a mid-range processor, the performance of the R9s is very good in handling daily tasks and as well some games. There wasn’t much hiccup while switching apps/multitasking, thanks to its generous 4GB of RAM.

The 64GB of onboard storage is more than enough and it can be further expanded via microSD card that shared on the SIM2 slot.



Blazing Fast Fingerprint Scanner

The home button that doubles as fingerprint scanner is blazing fast and accurate. A slight touch on the home button, it gets unlocked or can assigns individual fingerprints for different action like launching an app, make phone call and etc. This probably the fastest fingerprint scanner I ever use.

Checkout the fingerprint scanner unlock speed


Camera

The main highlight of the OPPO R9s is its new and improved 16 megapixel rear camera. It sports SONY IMX398 sensor with Dual PDAF system. It also feature a large f/1.7 aperture lens allows more lights reach to the sensor. In layman term it able to handle photo taking in low light environments.



With the Dual PDAF system technology, the R9s camera is now faster in focusing speed as compare to the conventional PDAF or Laser AF.

Here’s the camera Auto Focus speed with Dual PDAF


The image quality of the OPPO R9s is good but wasn’t that almighty despite it has a great sensor and large aperture lens. Most of the low lighting conditions photos that I took tend to loss of details and noticeable fuzzy edges when I zoomed in. But overall the photo quality was good, bright and the depth-of-field/bokeh is delicious.

As for video recording it shoot from 720p and up to 4K but it doesn’t auto focus when you move the camera closer to an object and it will only focus when you tap on the screen.

There is no complaint on the front selfie camera just like the OPPO F1s. It boasted with a 16 megapixel f/2.0 aperture lens camera feature Beauty 4.0. It also has this Screen Flash that use the R9s’s screen as flash so you can take selfies even under low-light conditions.

All these small issue could probably be overcome with software update near the future.

Here are some photo samples

All the photos has been compressed to fit the screen, click on the image for higher resolution
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Ultra HD mode with 100% crop

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There is not much change in the camera UI; Time-lapse, Video, Photo, Beauty and Panorama. You can have a full control of manual mode or “Expert Mode” controlling White Balance, Exposure, ISO, Shutter Speed and Focus.



Software

The ColorOS 3.0 is now runs on top Android 6.0 Marshmallow and just like most Chinese devices, there are no app drawer. Nothing much has changed from the OPPO F1s UI beside the Android version upgrade and added a few Android Marshmallow features like Google Now on Tap and Individual App Permissions.



Battery & VOOC Flash Charge



The OPPO R9s is packed with 3,010 mAh battery and feature VOOC Flash Charge technology (propriety fast charging by OPPO). USB Type-C port is nowhere to be seen on any OPPO devices yet so does the R9s.

The OPPO devices that support VOOC Flash Charge are only able to enjoy the fast charge through OPPO’s propriety VOOC charger brick. The charging speed impressively fast and it took less than an hour to fully charge my R9s from 15%.

It will not get fast charging even on Qualcomm Quick Charger’s certified charger/powerbank despite the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 support Qualcomm Quick Charge.

Battery life, I was able to get through a day easily and get 5 hours and 42 minutes screen-on-time with 15% battery left.



Verdict

OPPO has put a lot effort in making the OPPO R9s to be one of the best camera phones in the market. The super fast focusing rear camera and crispy sharp front selfie camera.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, bright AMOLED display, Dual PDAF technology, large f/1.7 aperture lens, ultra-fast fingerprint scanner, VOOC Flash Charge and impressive battery management making the OPPO R9s one of the worth notable smartphone this year

Built – 9/10
Display – 9/10
Software – 9/10
Camera – 8.5/10
Battery – 9/10
Value -8/10

Overall – 8.75/10

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