Leading Chinese smartphone maker OPPO unveiled two new products, the R9 and R9 Plus in Beijing on Thursday.
The specs of the two smartphones confirm earlier leaks. Both the R9 and R9 Plus have a 16 megapixel front-facing camera, a built-in beautification camera app, Beautify 4.0, and a 4GB RAM plus a 64GB ROM. Their finger scanner, with a response time of 0.2 second, is located on the home key.
The R9 has a 5.5-inch screen, 2850mAh battery and MT6755 processor. The R9 Plus is an enhanced edition of the R9, with a six-inch screen, 4120mAh battery and MSM8976 processor.
A notable feature is their flash charging function. OPPO claims that five minutes of charging gives users two hours of calling on both phones. The price of the R9 is fixed at RMB 2,799 (USD 433), and the R9 Plus will sell for RMB 3,299 (USD 510).
A February report from American research firm IDC listed China’s top five smartphone vendors in Q4 2015. Huawei ranked first with 17.9 million shipments, followed by Apple’s 17.1 million and Xiaomi’s 16.9 million. OPPO was fourth with 11.7 million shipments.
According to another report by Sino Market Research in January, OPPO ranked first among the top five smartphone vendors in shipments of smartphones priced between RMB 2500 and RMB 2999 in 2015. The R9’s older generation R7 series contributed most to OPPO’s shipments.
OPPO was founded by Tony Chen in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan in 2004.
The R9 and R9 Plus will go on sale online and offline on March 24 and April 12 respectively.
(Top photo from Oppo.com)