The last we’ve seen of OPPO’s higher end smartphones was the OPPO R9s. Choosing to focus more on lucrative but intensely competitive mid-range market instead, selfie-centric models like the OPPO F5 and F7 prove popular with consumers. As a technology showcase, however, the R-series was always the one bringing it to the plate. Well, the wait is almost over – the OPPO R15 and R15 Pro, are slated for a 24 May official release in Malaysia.
First released in China, the OPPO R15 comes in two different guises – the standard edition and the OPPO R15 Dream Mirror Edition, also known as the R15 Pro.
Let’s have a look at the spec sheet. Both the R15 and R15 Pro offer a 6.28-inch OLED Super View Full-screen (2280×1080) display with a notch. It has a 19:9 screen aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent.
The R15 Pro boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset backed by 6GB of RAM and inbuilt 128GB of storage. Storage can be expanded further via microSD (up to 256GB).
The lower rung R15 uses a MediaTek Helio P60 with similar memory options.
The premium mid-range device gets its juice from a 3,400mAh battery and being an R-series device, it gets the benefit of VOOC fast charging technology. Something we’ve not seen since the OPPO R9s.
In terms of optics, the R15 Pro features a dual-camera setup, surprising not arranged in a vertical array, but in a more traditional horizontal layout. It comprises a 16MP Sony IMX519 sensor and 20MP secondary sensor. Both boast f/1.7 aperture lenses. On the front is a 20MP selfie shooter.
The standard R15 gets a 16MP f/1.7 + 5MP f/2.2 rear dual-camera setup.
In terms of design, there isn’t anything ground-breaking or different, and you’ll notice splashes of the OPPO F7 on the rear and front. What’s a pleasant addition though, is IP67 dust- and water-resistance and NFC functionality. Unfortunately, no support for wireless charging.
The OPPO R15 and R15 Pro runs Color OS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo.
Pricing and availability
In China, the R15 goes for CNY2,999 (MYR1,868), while the R15 Pro retails at CNY3,299 (MYR2,055). There’s also a special Dream Mirror Edition.
The R15 is available in Snow White, Star Purple and Red colour variants, while the R15 Pro comes in Red and Purple.
The new R15 is slated for a 24 May release. Stay tuned for official pricing and availability.