Oppo R1x Review
Featuring all of Oppo's flying colors
The Oppo R1x runs Color OS 2.0.1 – a home-made skin laid on top of Android 4.4 KitKat, which is a bit disappointing, seeing as Lollipop has been out for more than half a year now. The Color OS itself is quite away from the traditional Android looks and feel, as it comes with its own signature icons, apps, animations, and sans an app drawer – something we see often on phones meant mainly for the Asian markets.
On the flip side, the UI delivers a number of cool functions, such as a meter that shows your current download and upload speeds, lots of useful toggles in the drop-down notifications drawer, gestures, which allow the user to quickly access the camera, adjust volume, or take a screenshot just by swiping their fingers across the display in a specific pattern, and a number of little things that show a certain attention for detail – for example, a missed call notification will actually tell you how long the caller was holding the line before hanging up.
The Oppo theme store is pre-installed on the handset, giving you access to plenty of themes to pick from, and overlay “weather” effects are also present on the handset – you can have snowflakes, thunderstorms, fog, and other elements show up on-screen, either by choosing one of them, or letting them sync up to the weather forecast and rotate on their own. We have to say, some of the effects do look good, but we imagine this function would remain largely unused, as it might affect the device's performance and battery life. Oppo's signature music player and quick camera widgets are also making their return – these screen-wide controls place themselves on the farthest left of the home screens, should you choose to enable them from the settings, giving you quick access to music playback and photo snapping in their own stylish way.
And finally, Color OS 2.0.1 is not a laggy interface, but we can't call it snappy either, as there is a faint sluggishness to be felt. Also, a bit annoying is the lag that occurs when opening the recent applications list.
Processor and Memory
Smooth operation with no major hiccups
The 64-bit, octa-core Snapdragon 615 is a mid-range SoC, and we have to say we are quite satisfied with what we've seen from it so far. It delivers in gaming, browsing large webpages, and multi-tasking with ease. The way the chip handles in the Oppo R1x did not disappoint, maintaining a solid performance all around, with only minor hiccups at times, and the 2 GB of RAM allowed us to breeze through apps, as we normally would, without issues.
The phone comes with 16 GB of internal storage, 11.5 of which are user-available. This may be a bit of a disappointment, but at least it allows for expansion via a microSD card of up to 128 GB.
AnTuTu Higher is better
OPPO R1x 28726.3
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 42869
LG G3 s 17509
HTC Desire 820 31749
Vellamo Metal Higher is better
OPPO R1x 1014.3
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 1517
LG G3 s 748
HTC Desire 820 2048
Sunspider Lower is better
OPPO R1x 1297
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 445
LG G3 s 1061.8
HTC Desire 820 1123.4
GFXBench T-Rex HD on-screen Higher is better
OPPO R1x 20
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 39.2
LG G3 s 10.8
HTC Desire 820 25.2
GFXBench Manhattan 3.1 on-screen Higher is better
OPPO R1x 9.6
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 22.7
LG G3 s 4.1
HTC Desire 820 11.7
Basemark OS II Higher is better
OPPO R1x 670
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 1132
LG G3 s 522
Geekbench 3 single-core Higher is better
OPPO R1x 664
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 949
LG G3 s 341
HTC Desire 820 697
Geekbench 3 multi-core Higher is better
OPPO R1x 2413
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 2960
LG G3 s 1123
HTC Desire 820 2563
Internet and Connectivity
A smooth browsing experience
The Oppo R1x's screen makes for a pleasureful browsing experience. The 5” diagonal may be a bit small for prolonged web browsing, but in terms of sharpness, we had no issues reading fine print, unless, of course, it was just too small and required zooming. Oppo has included its own proprietary browser, and we have to say – we quite like it. Obviously, it has been “inspired” by Safari on iOS, as the layout and controls are very reminiscent of Apple's browser.
The handset supports dual SIM dual standby operation, housing nano SIM and micro SIM slots in its tray. There is a catch, however – the micro SIM cutout doubles as a microSD card slot, so if the user chooses to expand their storage, they have to forgo the dual SIM setup for the time being, or vice-versa.
The phone has all the contemporary must-have connectivity options – Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, GPS and NFC. Also, FDD-LTE is supported on bands 1, 3, and 7.
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- Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
- Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
- Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa-core, 1500 MHz
- Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
- Battery 2420 mAh(8h talk time)