OPPO R9s Plus: Bigger, bolder, better

Launch SRP: RM2498

Overview, Design & Features

Back in January, we reviewed the OPPO R9s – a midrange smartphone that we thought was pretty good, but priced a little too ambitiously considering the specifications that it had.

Perhaps that explains why OPPO decided to come up with the OPPO R9s Plus, which has a bigger 6.0-inch Full HD (1,920 x 1,080) AMOLED display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a better 1.9GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, a generous 6GB of RAM, an improved 16MP f/1.7 rear camera that now comes with optical image stabilization, and a larger 4,000mAh VOOC quick-charging battery to power all the aforementioned hardware.

That all sounds great, but the R9s Plus also comes with a substantially higher price tag as well: RM2,498. Which then begs the question: Does the R9s Plus manage to strike the balance between price, features, and performance? Let’s find out.

Design and Features

The overall design of the R9s Plus is pretty much identical to the R9s – the only thing that’s different is the fact that the R9s Plus has larger dimensions because of its 6-inch AMOLED display. You’ll find the same ultra-fine six-string antenna lines running across the top and bottom of the back of the device, and the same solid-state home button on the front of the device. The front and rear cameras of the R9s Plus are located in exact the same position as the R9s as well.

For a device with a 6-inch display, we were pleasantly surprised by how light the R9s Plus felt in our hand – but you best be prepared to perform some finger acrobatics during single-hand use. Reaching for the search bar at the top of the Facebook app with our thumb proved to be a rather tedious affair. Not impossible, but it does require you to shift the R9s Plus around in your hand a little bit.

The power button and SIM card slot of the R9s Plus are located on the right. The latter is able to accommodate two Nano-SIM cards, or a single Nano-SIM and a microSD card (up to 256GB).

It’s worth mentioning that 6-inch AMOLED display of the R9s Plus looks really crisp, vibrant, and lively. There’s even an eye-protection mode that you can toggle from the drop-down notifications panel to change the color of the display to a slightly warmer tone, so that you won’t be blinded by using the R9s Plus while using it in pitch black darkness.

The R9s Plus runs on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with OPPO’s own ColorOS 3.0 user interface on top. It doesn’t have an app drawer, which means all your apps will be strewn across multiple home screens.

Just like the R9s, the microUSB port and 3.5mm audio jack of the R9s Plus are located on the bottom, alongside the speaker grille.

 

8.5
Design
8
Features
8.5
User-Friendliness
8.5
Performance
8.5
Value
8
The Good
Silky smooth performance
Good 16MP front and rear cameras
Bright and expansive 6-inch AMOLED display
Decent battery life
The Bad
Priced a little too closely to flagship smartphones