OPPO R15: Is it worth it?
OPPO is known to have current or relative performanced spec phones at affordable prices. The OPPO R15 is no exception. Comparing the phone to their previous ranges, the R7, R9, and R11, this generation has been seen to show some improvements, especially screen design, opting for the famous “Notch” that most phones these days carry.
The OPPO R15 was released in Australia From July 9, it started off with an RRP price of $659. For such a low price it keeps up to date with current phones and even phones with a premium tag on it.
OPPO use their ColorOS operating system in all their devices, including the OPPO R15, which uses their ColorOS 5.0, which has been redesigned for the Super Full Screen functionality. Straight out of the box, this variant of the OPPO R15 had Android 8.1 installed.
Sadly, this phone still has no USB Type-C port, it favours the Micro-USB, which is quite a downside considering technology is changing over to Type-C, although the phone does come with a headphone jack. With 128GB inbuilt storage, it can easily be boosted to 256GB.
Whilst the OPPO R15 is a smaller phone, the screen size is a great approach, as mentioned above, it follows the notch as most 2018 flagship phones, and the physical size of the phone is great to hold in the hand. Bearing a 6.28” screen with a resolution of 2280 x 1080 OLED display, at 402 PPI (Pixels Per Inch), this Oppo has a screen ratio of 90% with a 19:9 full screen aspect.
Oppo has implemented technology feature labeled ‘OPPO AI Face Recognition’ this can recognise facial features of users in a claimed 0.08 seconds. Whilst this works beautifully during the day, it can become quite an issue at night time, if you are trying to unlock your phone using this in low light conditions, or if you are in bed.
The OPPO R15 rocks a dual 16MP/5MP Rear Facing Camera with an aperture of f/1.7 and a 20MP Front Facing Camera with an aperture of f/2.0. This has to be one of the best front facing cameras that I have tested in a smartphone. It captures all the little and exquisite details that most front facing cameras cannot catch. It also offers a ‘Beauty’ mode by default that is supposed to soften facial features, which works quite well, it is not as strong as other filters on other phones.
This is the part where the OPPO R15 shines, and also shines not so bright, under the hood the OPPO R15 rocks a Mediatek Helio P60 processor. Surprisingly this also rocks 6GB ram, other than most phones that rock 4GB ram and are new flagship devices, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9. You do not see much or any lag whilst using this daily and light/moderate tasks. Although some high end games, may struggle just a tiny bit. For the Graphics Processor, it uses a Malia-G72 MP3 card. Unfortunately, this does not provide the best gaming experience compared to the Galaxy Note 8.
We ran a Geekbench test against the two phones, and surprisingly, the OPPO R15 held up quite well on the CPU side, fairing up really close to the Note 8, the GPU test on the other hand was a different story. The CPU Scoring was only off in a close 1000 score, but the GPU drastically taking a hit and almost halfing the score of the Note 8.
The OPPO R15 includes a Non Removable 3450mAh battery, which is roughly the standard size these days, it would be nice to see the R9s Plus’ 4000mAh, although this holds up quite nice, it can last the duration of the day, provided you do not rely heavily on tasks or games that can crunch the battery. Like most Oppo phones, this also includes the VOOC charging technology, which allows for a 5 minute charge, that provides 2 hours of talking time. Unfortunately, the phone does not come with Wireless Charging, need to continue finding your cables!
Whilst there are other phones, brands out there, that are cheaper, or on the expensive, more premium side. If you are looking for a phone that is budgeted in the middle bracked, but have the every day performance to boost. The OPPO R15 is a nice upgrade to those who may be using older phones. It utilizes the “Notch” design, having a full screen experience, a Facial recognition to unlock your phone, more than enough ram to use multiple apps at the same time, and a whopping 20MP Front Facing camera for all the selfie lovers out there!