Oppo R1x Review
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.
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.
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