OPPO Launches Two Flagship Smartphones with Front Notch and 19:9 OLED Display

OPPO R15

OPPO has officially announced its latest flagship smartphone in China under its "R" product line-up, the R15. The phone is split into two models, the standard R15 and another version dubbed R15 Dream Mirror Edition. Both are nearly identical ofcourse, but there are some minor differences here-and-there as could be expected.

First of all, the phone features a 19:9 OLED display with a notch at the top that accommodates the front camera and the usual array of sensors. It is not surprising to see this becoming the norm after iPhone X debuts last year. The screen is large (and tall) at 6.28-inch and the pixel resolution is stretched to fill the tall screen at 2280x1080.

The standard R15 is driven by a MediaTek SoC, the Helio P60 to be precise, while the Dream Mirror Edition is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 chipset. RAM and storage are the same on both model though; they both touts 6GB of RAM and 128GB of inbuilt storage. Other features they both shared are 20MP front camera, rear-placed fingerprint sensor, hybrid dual SIM slot, and USB Type-C.

Fortunately enough, the R15's runs Google's latest Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box with OPPO's proprietary ColorOS 5.0 on top, which will appeal to many out there. Let's talk about the rear camera— the R15's have not just one but two cameras like most phones released these days, both horizontally-placed at the upper-left on the back. The primary rear camera has a 16MP Sony sensor with a large f/1.7 aperture. The secondary rear camera, however, differs on both, with the standard R15 sporting a 5MP sensor while the Dream Mirror Edition boasts of a 20MP sensor. The cameras lacks optical image stabilization (OIS) and only offers electronic image stabilization (EIS) on both device.

There is AI for self portrait and beautification via a dedicated implanted AI chip, which does not only makes the cameras smart, but also enhance their functionality with built-in algorithm that can analyze 296 feature points of a face and can recognize 16 different kinds of scenes and hundred of multi-scene combination. The company claims two hours of talk time with five minutes of charge via VOOC Flash Charge, OPPO in-house fast charging solution.

OPPO R15 Specifications

  • 6.28-inch OLED display with Full HD+ (2280x1080) resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio
  • 64-bit 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage (expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card)
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.6" Sony IMX519 sensor, 4K video recording; secondary 5-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture
  • 20-megapixel front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • OS: ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hybrid dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 4.2, 4G LTE + VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS+ GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3450mAh/3365mAh, VOOC Flash Charge
  • Dimensions: 155.1 × 75.2 × 7.4mm
  • Weight: 175 grams
  • Colour(s): Hot Red, Snow White, Star Purple

OPPO R15 Dream Mirror Edition Specifications

  • 6.28-inch OLED display with Full HD+ (2280x1080) resolution, 19:9 aspect ratio
  • 64-bit 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 660 Mobile Platform, Adreno 512 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB built-in storage (expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card)
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.6" Sony IMX519 sensor, 4K video recording; secondary 20-megapixel rear camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • 20-megapixel front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • OS: ColorOS 5.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Hybrid dual SIM
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11ac (dual band), Bluetooth 5, 4G LTE + VoLTE, 3G, 2G, GPS/A-GPS+ GLONASS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3400mAh, VOOC Flash Charge
  • Dimensions: 155.3 × 75.0 × 7.5mm
  • Weight: 176 grams
  • Colour(s): Red

The R15 wears a price tag of CNY 2999 ($473), while the Dream Mirror Edition costs CNY 3299 ($520). OPPO also launched a special model of the Dream Mirror Edition with ceramic body for CNY 3499 ($552). These are available for order in China and will set sail on April 1st.
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