Oppo R9s Plus Review – Not The Oppo’s Best Output

Oppo R9s Plus is a large screen variant of R9s, but it comes with some extra features that may make it worthwhile for some users. The camera integrated in this smartphone is downright fantastic, battery timings are also great, and display works brilliantly well. The phone is great and all, but the big question is, at $550 retail price, is R9s Plus really worth it? Let’s discuss in detail and find out.

Design

Oppo R9s Plus is designed beautifully, it’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s still looks great. It looks quite similar to iPhone 7 Plus design and it is pretty clear that the developers drew inspiration from Apple. Thankfully, they didn’t get rid of headphone jack which is great news for a lot of users. The phone is made entirely of metal but the rough edges really make it harder to hold in hands. It was comfortable for the first few hours, but then the edges started to feel pretty uncomfortable. So, from the looks of it, the design is pretty good, but its handling is extremely poor to say the least.

Performance

Oppo R9s Plus comes with Qualcomm MSM8976 Pro Snapdragon 653, Octa-core (4×1.95 GHz Cortex-A72 & 4×1.44 GHz Cortex-A53) processor, which is supported by Adreno 510 GPU and 6GB of RAM. It runs everything quite smoothly but one thing that ruined the whole device for me was that it got overheated especially during the gaming sessions. With the specifications the phone came with, this kind of thing shouldn’t happen, but sadly, this was the case here and that just put me off. Whenever put in under pressure, R9s Plus heats up and it can be felt quite clearly when you’re holding the phone. This is just not good and unless Oppo gets rid of this problem, it is hard to recommend it to anyone.

Camera

Camera, on the other hand is awesome – it is one of the best I’ve seen and experienced, and it’s good for all situations. The front and the back cameras are of 16 Megapixels and both of them work amazingly well. You can use them in day or night or for selfies, they work wonders in all situations. The cameras also feature HDR, panorama, geo-tagging, touch focus, LED flash, and autofocus features.

Software

Oppo R9s Plus comes with Android OS v6.0.1 aka Marshmallow. It is the older versions so don’t expect to see the fixes and changes that have been brought with the Android 7.0 update. Marshmallow isn’t bad at all, but for the latest smartphone in the market, Nougat should be integrated from the get go.

Storage

R9s Plus boasts huge 64GB of internal memory and that’s double than what most of the competitors are offering. It doesn’t stop here as you’re allowed to extend it through microSD cards.

Battery

Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery of R9s Plus can last for 16 hours under extreme pressure, which is more than enough. You want your device to last you for a day and that’s what R9s Plus can achieve quite easily.

Verdict

All in all, Oppo R9s Plus is a mediocre phone – everything about it on paper seems great, but as soon as you start to make use of it, it starts to show its mediocrity. Overheating is a huge problem and should be fixed as soon as possible. Furthermore, the edges aren’t smooth at all which makes the device uncomfortable to hold and that’s just unacceptable. If this was a mid-tier smartphone, then all these concerns could’ve been forgiven, but Oppo is asking $550 for it and for that price, people expect perfection, which sadly, Oppo R9s Plus isn’t.

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