Oppo finally unveiled their new R15 series handsets with an all screen tall display, a notch and its dual camera setup as the highlight of 2018’s flagship devices. One thing to note though that the R15 will play as the reference design for this year’s devices including the upcoming Oppo F7 and also a clue on what the OnePlus 6 is expected to look like. The latter statement proves quite a reality as these two companies are under the same mother company and that obviously will be the case for their devices.
The new R15 will be available in two variants and these are the regular R15 model and the R15 DME or Dream Mirror Edition. At first glance, both versions of the handset are looking all alike and there’s no different when having them side by side with a fully laminated glass back and a polished metal frame. On paper the R15 DME is a couple of millimeters longer than the regular R15 however they both weigh the same at 175 grams.
2018’s trend caters all full-screen display and the R15 does deliver the expected with its large 6.28-inch widescreen format with an unusual 19:9 Aspect ratio. It also features a notch on top of the display that houses part of the handset’s sensors and the front facing camera.
Both the R15 and the R15 DME runs the new ColorOS 5.0 based on the latest Android 8.1 operating system. It also features a new AI assistant that learns while using the device and that AI feature are all extended to other new functions on the devices especially with the new AI camera assist features.
The first and the base variant of the two is the R15 and is powered by the new MediaTek Helio P60 chipset with an 8-core CPU clocked at 2.0GHz and is accompanied by a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU for graphics processing. It has 6GB of RAM and an internal storage of 128GB, it also supports microSD cards of up to 256GB which is and added touch and should come in handy if users runs short on storage space.
For imaging, the R15 comes with a dual sensors at the back that houses a 16 Megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 Aperture lens plus a 5 Megapixel depth sensing camera with an f/2.2 Aperture lens. On the front, there’s a 20 Megapixel Selfie camera and that takes superb Selfies. Oppo is renowned manufacturer of Selfie centric devices and the R15 also promised to deliver the same kind of experience from all of its Selfie device lineup. That is further improved with its AI assisted camera technology that works together with Sony’s flagship image sensor which can detect up to 120 scenes and adds a professional lighting effects in Portrait mode with Bokeh effect.
Connectivity-wise, the new R15 has 2 SIM slots and support 4G/LTE connectivity from either slots but only 1 SIM is activated to use a 4G connection while the other SIM will have to rely on 3G connectivity. There’s a dual band Wi-Fi and support for Bluetooth 4.2, a microUSB port for charging and data transfer which is a behind in any other flagship devices but it’s a good thing to know that it still has a 3.5mm audio jack in it.
Other features includes a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and an enhanced 0.8 second Face Unlock feature.
The R15 runs on an embedded 3,450 mAh battery and supports VOOC fast charging technology. It will be available in Hot Red, Snow White, and Star Purple colors color options.
R15 Dream Mirror Edition (DME)
Beautiful and elegant both the front and back, the R15 DME is Oppo’s most premium crafted device to date that is created from a single CNC’d aluminum and ran across 19 procedural stages for the most premium finish, the back of the R15 DME has a mirror ceramic black finish treated with a high-purity nano-sized zirconia powder.
With its premium looks, the R15 DME also packed a more powerful processor inside with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 with an 8-core Kryo cores and Adreno 512 graphics processing unit. It also has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.
Imaging on the R15 DME also includes a dual camera setup on the back but is a step ahead of the regular R15 and here’s why. While it houses the same primary camera as the R15 with its 16 Megapixel Sony IMX519 sensor with an f/1.7 Aperture lens, its secondary sensor is a 20 Megapixel camera with the same f/1.7 Aperture lens. The front is also a 20 Megapixel Selfie camera designed to ultimately capture the best Selfies.
All AI assisted features are present on the R15 DME as seen on the regular R15 but there’s an exclusive 8 Megapixel face portrait mode on the R15 DME.
It terms of connectivity, both the R15 and the R15 DME share about all the same except that the R15 DME supports Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.
It runs on a little lesser 3400 mAh battery but still support VOOC fast charging capabilities.
The R15 Dream Mirror Edition will only be available in either Ceramic Black and Dream Red color options.
The new R15 and R15 DME will launch in China on April 1st with opening sale starts at midnight on the date. The R15 will cost around 2999 CNY or roughly around $474 while the R15 DME goes for 3299 CNY or around $521. Like any other R series models from Oppo, the R15 is also expected not to make its presence prominent outside of China. So getting one would have to take the risk of ordering one abroad.