First Look: OPPO R9 The Selfie Expert Smart Phone
The OPPO R9 improves on all of the strengths of previous entries from the R series, featuring powerful hardware, an eye-catching design and OPPO’s patented, industry-leading low-voltage VOOC Flash Charge technology. It also introduces a brand-new technology in OPPO’s arsenal: The Hi-light Camera, which ensures that users can take clear, bright and colourful selfies in any lighting conditions.
A Beauty to See and to Hold
The R9 carries on the stylish metallic appearance of its predecessor the R7, while shaving off even more weight from its predecessor. The R9’s measures at 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6mm, weighing a modest 145g. OPPO’s commitment to innovative design means that the 5.5-inch AMOLED display is accompanied by a bezel that is barely noticeable, measuring only an incredible 1.66mm.
Drawing inspiration from snow-covered mountain ridges, OPPO designers gave the R9 a metallic light-catching edge that shows off the phone’s flowing lines. Not only increasing the style ante, the R9’s edges display a clear understanding of ergonomics by perfectly conforming to the contours of the hand to give the R9 an effortless ‘Comfort Grip’.
Hi-light Camera: You in the Best Light
The phone’s defining feature, the R9’s 16 MP front-facing camera is built to capture the perfect selfie. The device is fitted with OPPO’s new Hi-light Camera, allowing it to capture more light to ensure bright and clear selfies even in low-light conditions. Paired with the new Selfie Panorama feature for group photos and Beautify 4.0, the OPPO R9 is the perfect companion for taking and sharing quality shots on social media platforms.
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The 16MP front-facing camera isn’t all just about high-pixel counts. The R9’s unique strength in front-facing shots lies in its custom-built sensor, co-developed with Samsung to maximise image quality through pixel arrangement.
The 16MP front-facing camera isn’t all just about high-pixel counts. The R9’s unique strength in front-facing shots lies in its custom-built sensor, co-developed with Samsung to arrange pixels to maximise image quality.
While common photo-enhancing technology confines itself to software-based processing algorithms, OPPO has optimised the arrangement of pixels on the sensor itself to ensure clear, bright and colourful images. Meanwhile, a large f/2.0 aperture increases the amount of light that enters the camera and ISOCELL technology works to prevent “crosstalk” – a phenomenon wherein light spills from one of the sensor’s light-detecting elements to another and muddies the final image.
The R9’s Hi-light Camera is up to four times more sensitive than standard cameras, has twice the dynamic range and captures shots with four times less noise, compared to cameras without the technology. As a result, the Hi-light Camera produces exceptionally vivid images, even in low-light, back-lit and night-time photography.
To ensure a brilliant photography experience, OPPO has also upgraded the R9’s photo-processing algorithms. The Beautify 4.0 feature is optimised to capture selfies with bright, clear skin, and beautifully defined facial contours.
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The new Selfie Panorama feature, perfect for capturing group photos makes its debut with the R9. With a few turns of the wrist, users can take extra-wide 120-degree front-facing photos, as the R9 seamlessly combines three photos and ensures that the whole party makes it into the shot.
Meanwhile, the 13 MP rear shooter is fast, steady and clear, letting users do justice to all of their colorful moments. The OPPO R9’s MediaTek Helio P10 2.0GHz, eight-core, 64-bit processor also comes equipped with the world’s first TrueBright image signal processor (ISP) engine, for enhanced colour resolution and detail.
Fast, Convenient, Secure: VOOC Flash Charge and Smart Fingerprint Recognition
OPPO’s exclusive VOOC Flash Charge technology continues in the R9, reaching a 70% charge after just half an hour of flash charging.
What sets VOOC above other fast-charging technologies is its low-voltage approach to the problem. By adhering to the standard smartphone charging voltage of 5V, VOOC keeps the phone’s temperature low during charging, protecting the longevity of the battery and phone internals, and even allowing the user to simultaneously use their phone while they fast-charge, a function that no competitor can offer.
The OPPO R9 uses a 2,850 mAh lithium polymer battery, allowing for 14 hours and 5 minutes of constant heavy use, ensuring that the R9 keeps users cruising from morning to night.
The R9 is OPPO’s first phone to use front-facing fingerprint recognition. It’s able to recognise a wet or dry fingerprint to unlock the phone in only 0.2 seconds. The fingerprint recognition system can also learn over time, gradually refining its image of the user’s fingerprint and making for an increasingly efficient and smooth unlock process.
Pricing and Availability
The R9 (S$649) in Gold (launching 30 April) and Rose Gold (launching in May) will be available at the following retailers:
OPPO Concept Stores, all M1, Singtel and StarHub stores and OPPO online store.
OPPO is a leading global technology brand dedicated to providing consumers across the Americas, Africa, Europe, Oceania, and Asia with pioneering products that never fail to inspire and excite. At OPPO we design, manufacture, and promote our own products, combining innovative technology with unique design, to ensure our customers always receive the best. Founded in 2004, OPPO quickly proved itself in the market with its intense obsession to details. Each OPPO product encompasses a carefully selected array of attributes to specifically cater for users, combining impressive features with elegant designs. After entering the mobile phone market in 2008, OPPO quickly expanded into overseas markets a year later. OPPO mobile phones are currently available in over 20 markets and offered for online purchase in over 50 additional countries, with the brand already registered in 116 countries as of April 2015.