Oppo R9 and R9 Plus detailed by TENAA certification, no Snapdragon 820 in sight

Oppo R9 and R9 Plus detailed by TENAA certification, no Snapdragon 820 in sight
Chinese brand Oppo is gearing up to launch a new smartphone on March 17. It will be called the R9 and it belongs at the top of Oppo's R-series of upper mid-range handsets. We speculated that the new device will be Oppo's hero phone for the time being, due to the rumored premium spec sheet and the prolonged absence of the Find 9, which is supposed to take off from 2014's Find 7 flagship smartphone.

This no longer seems to be the case, as more information about Oppo's upcoming launch has surfaced, painting a complete picture of the incoming Oppo R9 and R9 Plus. The handsets went through TENAA's certification process, exposing their design and some specifications.

Oppo's new handsets don't have 2K screens and Snapdragon 820 processors, rendering previous rumors false. Clearly inspired by the Apple iPhone 6, the R9 and R9 Plus are made of metal, have rounded corners, and are rather slim at 0.25in (6.5mm) for the R9 and 0.29in (7.4mm) for the R9 Plus. They also have fingerprint sensors integrated in their oval-shaped Home buttons.

The R9 features a 5.5-inch display and the R9 plus has a 6-inch screen, both AMOLED and at 1080p resolution. The smaller R9 is powered by a 1.95GHz octa-core CPU, which could be the MediaTek Helio X10, though there's no confirmation of the model. Its bigger brother runs on a 1.8GHz octa-core CPU, which could be a 600-series Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. It looks like the Snapdragon 820 is no-go.

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Still, the R9 and R9 Plus should be capable of heavy lifting with 4GB of RAM each. They have 32GB and 64GB of expandable storage, respectively, and have 16MP rear cameras and dual-SIM connectivity. However, the R9 is powered by a 2850mAh battery, while the R9 Plus comes with a 4120mAh cell, hence its thicker frame. Speaking of batteries, the handsets will feature Oppo's VOOC fast charging, be it its latest incarnation or an earlier version. However, the sensor-level optical image stabilization Oppo introduced at MWC won't make it.

Oppo should reveal pricing and availability details at the March 17 launch event. R-series handsets usually go between $400 to $500, so we expect prices in this ballpark.

source: TENAA via GizmoChina

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