OPPO R9S Official: Split Antenna Design, Sony IMX398 f/1.7 Camera & Snapdragon 625

by Joel 2

OPPO has been teasing its new flagship smartphone, the OPPO R9S for the past few days. And now, the company has officially taken the wraps off not one, but two new devices, namely the OPPO R9S and the OPPO R9S Plus. Both the devices are capable upgrades to the popular R9 series which has managed to sell very well in China as well as internationally under the name OPPO F1 Plus.

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The basic design of the OPPO R9S remains the same as its predecessor, but it features a new split antenna design. The company had already confirmed this in one of its teasers, but now, it has revealed more details about the design. So, there are three super narrow antenna lines at the back (0.3mm wide), instead of one thick line. This makes it less visible, thereby giving the overall design a seamless look. The company says that this has also helped it to increase the proportion of metal in the phone to 98.8%.  The new design is also said to improve the Wi-Fi signal, and now, the coverage is said to be better.


Coming to the specs, the OPPO R9S comes with the same 5.5-inch 1080p display, however, this time, you have the latest Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This should provide better resistance against drops, as much as 80% intact rate at 1.6m drop, much better than previous generations. Inside, the R9S is running the Snapdragon 625 chipset, a much better upgrade as compared to the Helio P10 chipset in the previous generation. This new chip should also ensure better GPU performance than the R9 model. As for memory, there will be 4GB RAM and 64GB of ROM.

The camera has been one of the best-selling features of the OPPO R9 and the company has made sure that it remains the same with its update. The OPPO R9S comes with the 16MP Sony IMX398 sensor, which is said to be jointly developed by OPPO and Sony. The sensor is reportedly fast and “comparable to SLR camera speeds” and comes with tailored features. The company also revealed that the pixel area is upgraded and the amount of light reaching the sensor has increased up to 2 times. Further with the help of dual-core focus, the camera can focus 40% faster than PDAF.

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Even the aperture size is large, and f/1.7 aperture will ensure great low light images. Further with the help of multi-frame noise reduction technology and large aperture, low light images should be clear, with limited noise. So camera lovers should be happy with the performance of the new R9S. Up front, you get a 16MP sensor as well.

As for the software, the OPPO R9S runs on the company’s ColorOS 3.0 version. Inside, there is a decent 3010mAh battery but with VOOC fast charging, the battery shouldn’t be an issue on the device.


The OPPO R9S will go on sale on October 28 for 2799 Yuan ($416). There are three color options available, gold, rose gold and black.

The OPPO R9S Plus launch article is also up, check it out from here!