After making a strong showcase with its new fast charging and optical image stabilization tech at this year's MWC, Oppo is quickly turning to what it's known for around here – making pretty nice smartphones! It's been a while since the Chinese brand released a flagship model, as fans of its Find series have been left without a sequel for almost two years now.
Lately, we've seen the company concentrate its efforts on the 'R' line of design-conscious upper mid-rangers, which comprises the R5, R7, and R7 Plus handsets. It looks like Oppo wants to complete its ranks with the R9, which might be the closest thing to a Find 7 follow-up we're getting.
Up for announcement on March 17, the R9 was first seen in a teaser image, appearing with a slim gold metal body, a white face, and the button locations. The image shows the power button will be located near the right side's center, and a large SIM/SD tray will be positioned above it. Although we don't know the R9's exact specs, it’s possible that the smartphone will feature the new technology Oppo presented at MWC – Super VOOC fast charging and pixel-level optical image stabilization.
Recent rumors claim the Oppo R9 will have a 21MP Sony camera and will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. The phablet might also have a 6-inch display with a 1440 x 2450 resolution, up to 4 GB of LPDDR4 RAM memory, along with 64 GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3700 mAH battery.
We'll find out more about the R9 in the weeks prior to its March 17 announcement event in Beijing, China. Oppo doesn't sell its smartphones in the US, although it has an European store, and importing is always an option.