Oppo R9 and R9 Plus officially unveiled: the most blatant, shameless iPhone clones we've ever seen

If you live in the United States or Europe, chances are you have never heard of Chinese phone maker Oppo, unless you are really into niche Asian phone makers. Still, Oppo is big in China: in fact, it finished 2015 as the world's 8 largest phone makers, beating Sony, BlackBerry and Microsoft with its Lumias in this ranking. Oppo sold a whopping 50 million phones last year.

Now, Oppo has just unveiled its two new flagship phones for 2016: the Oppo R9 and Oppo R9 Plus.

...and they are shameless, blatant, downright offensive iPhone clones. We have seen other Chinese companies copy Apple, but never have we witnessed such bold, impertinent cloning. In fact, the only thing that we see is slightly different is the oval home key rather than a round one. That's it! The style, the buttons, the antenna bands, the colors, the protruding camera, the software, the website, everything about the new Oppor R9 and R9 Plus is about shameless copying. Even we, accustomed to all sorts of trickery in the phone industry, are downright shocked. 

As we try to shake off the shock, let's make it clear that these devices will most certainly NOT be sold in the United States or Europe. They better not be, because we can't imagine a place outside of China, where these phones would not get a legal slap in the face, if Apple decides to initiate a lawsuit.

So what are the iPhone... err Oppo R9 and R9 Plus all about?

First, we are looking at 5.5" and 6.0" phones, made out of metal, with a thin body: 6.4mm on the R9 and 7.4mm on the R9 Plus. With very minimal side bezels, they also rock some fairly compact sizes given those screens.

Both phones support Oppo's quite original and awesome VOOC charging technology. Oppo is in fact one of the pioneers when it comes to quick charging, having introduced it some two years ago, and now it's perfected the formula with faster charging and a more compact wall charger that features protection from overheating.

Let's take a quick look at the specs for the two:

R9 Plus
PlatformColor OS 3.0Color OS 3.0
Dimensions151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6 mm
145 g
163.1 x 80.8 x 7.4 mm
185 g
Display5.5" 1080 x 1920 pixel6" 1080 x 1920 pixel
SoCHelio P10
up to 2.0 GHz
Snapdragon 652
up to 1.8 GHz
Cameras16 MP rear cam
13 MP front cam
16 MP Sony IMX 298, 1/2.8" , f/2.0
16 MP front cam
Storage64 GB64 GB / 128 GB
Battery2850 mAh4120 mAh
Extra featuresPhase-detection auto-focusPhase-detection auto-focus

Obviously, the landmark feature is the design, but also the vast amount of storage offered in even the base model. The camera on the Oppo R9 Plus is highlighted as well, and both feature fast phase-detection auto-focus.

It's also worth pointing out that a 1080p screen on the 6" Oppo R9 Plus works out to pixel density of 367ppi, which will be sufficient for most, but still not as sharp as most recent phones.

What you should know if you import these phones

In case you are interested in importing one of these phones to the U.S. or Europe, you should know that they come with very limited 4G LTE band support. The only 4G FDD-LTE bands supported are 1, 3 and 5, meaning that you won't be able to make good use of most 4G LTE networks.

Color OS 3.0

Then, there is the new Color OS 3.0 custom overlay on top of Android that makes Android almost unrecognizable. It's an iOS inspired skin and that's especially noticeable in some places like the calendar and camera applications.

The pictures below provide quite a good idea of what Color OS 3.0 looks like, take a look.

Oppo R9 price and release date

Oppo is a premium brand in China, and you should not be surprised at the rather high price tag (for Chinese phones) that the couple gets. Here are the official prices in China:

  • Oppo R9 price is set at 2799 yuan ($430) 
  • Oppo R9 Plus price is set at 3299 Yuan ($510) for the 64GB model
Keep in mind that if you import these phones via third party resellers, the prices there would be significantly higher.

Both the new Oppo R9 and R9 Plus will go on sale in China starting April 12th.

source: Oppo (translated)



1. hafini_27

Posts: 950; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

Front looks nice and 64GB base storage? That should be standard for every future flagships.

13. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

I have been saying that since LG G4.

18. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

but you registered in October 2015 and G4 was launched in May 2015.

21. justrt

Posts: 446; Member since: Jul 10, 2014

Well, perhaps he hasn't been saying it in the PA comment section only.

24. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

yes, you are right. It appears that this might be the case.

25. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

that my friend, is the "season 2" of me.

26. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

notice that he has number "2" behind his username, maybe this one is his second account (after getting banned, forgot password, or something)

15. Mercedes-Benz

Posts: 403; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

comes with rubbish color os for free

2. redmd

Posts: 1939; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I thought OPPO had a good design team. Their previous efforts were good although not entirely original.

10. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

I thought Parena should have impatial phone reviews above individual biases, really this article was meant to flame iwars but imo I don't know but I really love the design of this device and it's inrernals are beast to iPhone mockery.. Only slightly lesser is the Soc

19. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

It is a copy, but bezels are perfectly decent. Unlike gigantic bezels of ip. Though it is a copy, but there is a very big and visible difference. That is the absence of a fruit and a presence of oppo on the back. I am wondering that why chinese companies love to use imx298? what's so special about this sensor?

14. raky_b

Posts: 398; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

acctually they had some very original things on their phones, such is rotateable camere (you could use same camera on front and rear)...now this is just too much, but then it is chinese manufacutres. however...for me it is weard that no one sees that Xiami has also copied iPhone!? more or les from outside, but OS is ...let say similar, but it's more than that. and what i don't think about this phones beside obvious problems whic is mentioned in text is that they are selling mid range HW for premium price, and on that size their batteries are more than bad

3. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

Not just the home button, they didn't copy the huge iPhone bezels either. Thank god.

4. Deca-core

Posts: 75; Member since: Nov 20, 2015

who doesn't like ios in android with less bezels and real multi-tasking..

5. jellmoo

Posts: 2596; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Yeah, they look like iPhones. They look way too much like iPhones. Sure. But please try not to sound personally offended by this fact, or react as though this is a slap in your collective faces. PA tends to get a lot of flak for having an iPhone bias, and reacting this way to a product reveal doesn't do much to dissuade people of that opinion.

7. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

+1 .

30. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

...but it DOES look like an iPhone. Don't downplay this fact - Chinese phones, including the 'good' ones like XIaomi, being Chinese phones... Clones.

6. Obádárà

Posts: 218; Member since: Nov 02, 2015


8. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It may look like an iPhone, but at least Oppo did a better job with the antenna lines.

9. drahcir02

Posts: 102; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

Oppo iphone style. op op op op iphone style ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

11. nodes

Posts: 1160; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

just look at their custom skin, it's clear what they want to achieve.

12. xocomaox

Posts: 200; Member since: Dec 14, 2015

They are way too thin. Sorry, but a thicker phone with a larger battery is a way better idea.

16. vliang86

Posts: 337; Member since: Oct 05, 2015


17. Shubham1221

Posts: 153; Member since: Jul 29, 2015

These phones looks better than iphones.Most phones copy iphones in some way.Its still different as it runs on Android.These phones have better design than Iphones-less bezels,less thickness,best fast charging technology.I think PA is little bit harsh on this Article.This article clearly written to present a negative image of worthy phones.

20. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

As other pointed out. This look like what the iphone 6 and 6+ should been. Iphone is all about been super thin this is... Much better body screen ratio... Very good design. Maybe Apple should buy out Oppo and use the design team for the iphone 7 lol.


Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

Victor H. You are a f**king w***e. PA you are f**king w***es.

23. d4v0333

Posts: 16; Member since: Sep 10, 2015

At least looks way nicer then the actual iphone hahaha. Would take this over an ugly iphone any day.


Posts: 436; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Doesn't the HTC One A9 look like a "blatant, shameless, iPhone clone" too? Why was no such article written about the A9 and why such animosity towards Oppo? Victor H sounds sooo salty though lmao

28. monoke

Posts: 1162; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Not shameless when u can make the original look dated. Too bad iphone 7 won't even look this good.

29. TrevorB1

Posts: 64; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

You know what, this design I actually like. I don't even care that it's a "clone" of the iphone. I think people shouldn't get butthurt over China making something that looks alike. Heck, Chinese made products are usually better than American made (which the iphone isn't really.) D: Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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