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Oppo R9s Plus review

Oppo’s R9s Plus is a bigger version of the 5.5-inch R9s, and uses its larger size to pack in a much meatier battery and upgrades to its rear 16-megapixel camera. Specifically, it adds optical image stabilization (OIS). All that sounds great, but the larger build winds up just supersizing the smaller R9s’ weaknesses, including the rough chamfered edges that make the metal-clad phone uncomfortable to hold.

I very much wanted to like this phone, but the iPhone-inspired design (that’s not as smooth and seamless as the iPhone), and the phone’s tendency to significantly heat up during gameplay were huge drawbacks for me. On the other hand, the quality 16-megapixel rear camera with OIS does help it stand out slightly amid the competition. Check out the sample shots below.

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Like the smaller R9s, battery life seems to be the phone’s other strong suit. In our video test, where we loop video in airplane mode until the battery’s last gasp, the Plus managed to last 15 hours and 40 minutes, which is pretty good, though not as fantastic as the 22-hour battery life of the cheaper Samsung Galaxy A7.

The R9s Plus is quite expensive for a midrange phone — it costs around $550, which converts to £450 and AU$730 — and that’s because you’re partly paying for the higher-end aluminum body and for the Oppo name. At the end of the day, the OnePlus 3T dominates the R9s Plus in both performance and value — it’s the far smarter buy. And if the 3T isn’t to your taste, there’s always the Asus ZenFone 3 or Samsung Galaxy A7, both strong midrange contenders.

Hardware specs comparison

Oppo R9s Plus

Samsung Galaxy A7

OnePlus 3T

Asus ZenFone 3

Display size, resolution

6-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

5.7-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

5.5-inch; 1,920×1,080 pixels

Pixel density

367ppi

386ppi

401ppi

401ppi

Dimensions (Inches)

6.44×3.18×0.29 in

6.2×3.1×0.31 in

6.01×2.94×0.29 in

6.01×3.05×0.3 inches

Dimensions (Millimeters)

163.6×80.8×7.4 mm

156.8×77.6×7.9mm

152.7×74.7×7.35 mm

152.6×77.4×7.7mm

Weight (Ounces, Grams)

6.53 oz,185g

5 oz., 141g

5.57 oz; 158g

5.47 oz; 155g

Mobile software

Android 6.01 Marshmallow

Android 6.01 Marshmallow

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow

Camera

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

Front-facing camera

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

16-megapixel

8-megapixel

Video capture

4K

Full-HD

4K

8-megapixel

Processor

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 (1.95Ghz+1.44Ghz)

1.9GHz Octa Core, Exynos 7880

2.35GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821

2Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625

Storage

64GB

32GB

64GB, 128GB

32/64GB

RAM

6GB

3GB

6GB

3/4GB

Expandable storage

Up to 256GB

256GB

None

Up to 256GB

Battery

4,000mAh

3,600mAh (nonremovable)

3,400mAh (nonremovable)

3,000mAh (nonremovable)

Fingerprint sensor

Home Button

Home button

Home button

Back cover

Connector

Micro-USB

USB-C

USB-C

USB-C

Special features

Water-resistant

Notifications toggle, dual-SIM, Dash Charging

Laser/phase detection autofocus, OIS (4-axis), fingerprint doubles as shutter button

Price off-contract (USD)

Converts to $550

N/A

$439 (64GB), $479 (128GB)

$249

Price (GBP)

Converts to £450

N/A

£399 (64GB), £439 (128GB)

Converts to £170

Price (AUD)

Converts to AU$ 730

N/A

Converts to AU$590 (64GB), AU$652 (128GB)

Converts to AU$350

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