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OPPO R9s: A pair of good eyes
By Ian Chee - 10 Jan 2017
Launch SRP: RM1798

Performance and Conclusion


With the camera covered, we proceed with the performance tests using our usual list of apps to see what the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 can do alongside 4GB of RAM. Note that Ice Storm Unlimited has been excluded this time because for some reason, likely due to a software glitch, we couldn’t get a score from it. That aside, you have the regulars:

  • 3DMark
  • PCMark
  • AnTuTu
  • Quadrant
  • Epic Citadel


Even with Ice Storm Unlimited unavailable, we still have Cloud Gate Extreme with us, and the R9s managed a score of 469 on that benchmark.


On PCMark, we’ve resorted to using the new Work 2.0 instead of the preceding Work. In managing everyday tasks, the OPPO R9s came with a score of 4,748.

AnTuTu and Quadrant

For these benchmarks, the R9s has its various components – processor, GPU, RAM and storage – put to the test. The scores for these tests were 65,484 and 36,166, respectively.


Epic Citadel

The closest representation to playing a game, the OPPO R9s managed to run this benchmark at an average of 46.3 fps in Full HD and Ultra High Quality. If your bare minimum is not 60 fps, then the R9s would do fine in most situations.

Battery Life

Returning to Work 2.0 of PCMark, the OPPO R9s clocks in 12 hours and 11 minutes of continuous work operation, which is pretty respectable. Then again, with a 3,010 mAh battery, it’s not entirely surprising.


The OPPO R9s then, is much identical to the other phones by the brand. That said, the R9s stands out  compared to the recent line of ‘Selfie Expert’ phones simply because of the 16MP cameras on both ends of the phone. It loses the ability to save images in RAW, but that’s a non-issue on a smartphone, really. In terms of image quality, both cameras on the R9s shoot good images, but there's only so much detail a phone camera can capture. 

We really liked the 'ultra-fine Six-String antenna lines' as well. It’s something that we appreciate a lot when we first laid eyes on it, and occasionally we’d turn to the back of the phone just to look at it, even if it doesn’t serve any functional purpose beyond the standard antenna lines.

The only thing nagging us is the launch price of the R9s: RM1,798. While this has sadly become the standard price range of midrange phones (even if on the higher end of the category), there are other options out there, especially when you think about the Qualcommm Snapdragon 625 that comes with the price. If that’s not an issue, then we’d have no problem recommending it.

  • Design 9
  • Features 8
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 8
  • Value 8
The Good
Both front and rear cameras are 16MP
Good redesign on the otherwise mundane antenna lines
Good battery life
The Bad
Pricey for its specifications
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