Oppo R1x Review

Call Quality


When taking a call, the R1x provides loud audio, which doesn't get crippled by digitalization. However, much like the loudspeaker, the earpiece delivers sounds with pronounced mids, and it lacks highs, which results in a lack of clarity. All in all, the other side needs to be speaking loudly and clearly, and you need to be in a noise-free environment in order to be able to understand each and every word.

The microphone delivers very similar results to the other end, however, it seems it has some more depth and definition, as the other party is able to understand us more easily.

Battery Life


The R1x has a 2,420 mAh battery to keep the lights on, and we were impressed with its longevity. It lasted 7 hours and 55 minutes on our battery life test – quite an impressive result, as it is higher than what flagships like the Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 achieved and almost as good as last year's Xperia Z2's result – a handset that is universally praised for its battery life. Taking the phone for a ride as a daily driver showed that it is more than capable of lasting us through the day and still have enough juice in reserve. According to the manufacturer, the phone should provide 8 hours of talk time or 10.4 days of stand-by time on a single charge. Oppo also added two tiers of power saving for those stressful times when you are low on battery and still far from a power outlet.

The phone's wall charger looks like it's made for Oppo's VOOC quick-charge technology, but it is, in fact, a regular charger, which juices up the handset fully for a little more than 2 hours.

Battery life (hours) Higher is better
OPPO R1x 7h 55 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 7h 50 min (Good)
HTC Desire 820 6h 49 min (Average)
Charging time (minutes) Lower is better
OPPO R1x 139
Samsung Galaxy Alpha 108
HTC Desire 820 179

Conclusion


The Oppo R1x is a solid smartphone across the board – a good display, well-performing hardware, an adequate camera, and a battery that refuses to give up without a fight are among the positives of the whole package, while poor call quality and audio reproduction seem to be the only negative things that stick out.

The phone's looks speak of understated elegance, and we like that. The wraparound frame gives us the look and feel of a metal construction and the device itself fits well in the hand and is easy to carry around.

As a daily driver used for texting, web browsing, photographing interesting sights or social media snaps, the R1x is a suitable choice. Plus, the handset manages to maintain enough charge throughout the day, so that you don't have to feel paranoid over it dying on you. The phone doesn't do any one thing exceptionally well, but covers all the basics solidly, which is what we imagine a mid-ranger to be all about.

At the time of writing this review, Oppo have yet to announce an official price for the handset. Educated guesstimates point towards a price-tag of around $400 (off-contract), which, if true, we feel may be a bit too much for the R1x. Especially since the flagship-class Meizu MX4 and Xiaomi Mi 4, for example, can be bought from sites like Oppomart.com for $319 and $329, respectively. However, if the handset ends up costing around the $300 mark, we'd say it's worth a consideration.

Software version of review unit: R8206EX_11_150509

Pros

  • Elegant design
  • Tons of available UI themes

Cons

  • Average call quality

PhoneArena Rating:

7.5

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10 Comments

2. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

may be it's only me, looks more like xperia!!

3. waddup121 unregistered

Oppo R1X (or C) = Sony Z1/Z3 Compact

4. waddup121 unregistered

something's wrong with that 24th pick in Ultra HD...damn

5. josephnero

Posts: 780; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Z3 is that you?

7. anleoflippy

Posts: 596; Member since: Jan 03, 2013

A good mid range phone nonetheless.

8. T-rex unregistered

"nowadays, it is believed that a minimum pixel density of more than 326 PPI is required if the display is to show no pixelation" Why? Because Apple says so?

9. bashartech

Posts: 11; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

nice specs ....

10. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Anyone knows the price of this phone?

11. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wait... Nevermind

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R1x
  • 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)

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