Oppo is one of the Chinese brands that have emerged as winners in India. Their F-series, which were affordable and camera-centric devices, have played a great part in the success of the brand. Oppo phones provide great build quality, which makes it unique. Known for the camera-centric devices, their latest phone R9S has done a good job with it’s both front and rear camera of being 16MP. Also, Oppo R9S is one of the thinnest and lightest phones to be launched in India. Is that all or has some more to offer? Let’s check out!

Design and Display

R9S is one of the thinnest phones with just 6.6mm thickness weighing only 145 grammes. It has a metal body and comes in two colour variants – black and rose gold. The Oppo R9s measures 153×74.3×6.6mm with 5.5” display and is smaller in all dimensions than the iPhone 7 Plus. It comes with IPS LCD Full HD (1,080 x 1,920 pixels) and has a pixel density of 401 ppi.  For the protection of the screen, it comes with Corning Gorilla Glass v5, scratch-resistant glass on top. The phone is compact, slim, and great at hiding fingerprints but is not water-resistant.


The front of the phone looks clean; there is no branding on the front. The only elements that can be seen here are the rounded home key, which is not a physical button but a key and two dimly backlit navigation keys next to it. This home key also works as a fingerprint sensor.

Above the screen is OPPO 16 MP camera. There is no front flash on the phone. Even the back camera is 16 MP located at top left corner with LED flash next to it. The 3.5mm headphone jack is surprisingly located at the bottom of this phone on the right side. At the bottom, centre is the micro USB 2.0 port with fast charging support. The volume keys and power keys are not on the same right side; instead volume keys are on the left and power key on the right. Above the power key is the sim tray which accepts two nano SIM cards. It has a hybrid sim slot meaning you can either use 2 sims or 1 sim and a micro SD card.

Oppo R9S is a very well made phone and even the keys are big and well positioned.



Oppo R9s is packaged with 2 GHz octa-core Cortex A53 processor and is powered by 4 GB and Snapdragon 625 chipset. The performance is okay on this phone; we expected it to be better.

Handling the graphics load is on Adreno 506 GPU. It could also have been better. There are faster chips in this range.


Oppo R9s runs on Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. We are not sure if the app will get updated to Nougat. The user interface (UI) is a mixture of Android and IOS. Even the settings are similar to IOS. There is no app drawer; the home screen installs all the apps. We were quite amazed by the fingerprint sensor of this phone. It has one of the best fingerprint scanners in the market.


Both the cameras on this phone are 16MP. The rear camera has LED flash, which is missing in front camera. The front camera is a 16MP main camera with f/1.7 lens and 1/2.8″ sensor.  It uses a Sony IMX398 sensor and has Dual Pixel AutoFocus. Dual Pixel AF means that it has several times more focus points, which make it more accurate and faster.

The rear camera is also 16MP without the flash. There is no autofocus in this one, but it’s still one of the best selfie cameras.

The main camera supports 2160p@30fps video recording and back camera supports 1080p@30fps video recording. There is also a GIF mode in this phone which is quite famous these days.


Oppo R9s has a hybrid sim slot meaning you cannot use the dual sim and a micro SD card simultaneously. You either have to use one sim and micro SD card.You get 64GB out of the box which is good and won’t require you to upgrade to additional memory. Although the memory is expandable up to 128GB.


Oppo R9s dual-SIM device comes with a 3,010mAh battery sealed inside the body, which means the battery is non-removable. It supports VOOC fast charging, but wireless charging is still not there.


Oppo R9s is a dual SIM Phone, which supports 4G VOLTE/3G/2G in one sim. Both the sims are nano and it has a hybrid sim slot. Sim tray is located on the right side of the phone above the power button.


R9S Price in India is all said to be about Rs.27690. Price is good, but there are faster devices available in this range.

The  verdict:

Oppo R9S is similar to iPhone in many ways as are other Chinese phones. The camera quality is quite impressive for this range. It also delivers great low light performance. The performance is average, but you can get much better CPU and GPU performance in this price range.