Over the past couple of years, TENAA has been a great source for finding out about devices before they’re launched. Like the FCC in the US, handsets have to pass through TENAA to be certified for release in China. If some recent additions are anything to go by, Oppo is set to release a couple of new R-series Android smartphones. The Oppo R9 and R9 Plus popped up on TENAA’s site recently and feature a modern, premium all-metal design and some decent specs.
As you’d expect, the R9 Plus looks almost exactly the same as the regular R9, except it has a bigger display and is, therefore, a bigger handset. The R9 measures 151.8×74.3×6.5(mm) and weighs 145g while the R9 Plus measures 163×80.8×7.4(mm) and weighs 40g more.
Like many recently launched Chinese Android smartphones they look like a cross between a Samsung Galaxy and an iPhone. That is to say, it has the flat metal rear panel with antenna bands, round corners and curved edges like the iPhone 6/6s and has the pill-shaped home button found on Samsung Galaxy phones. While the images in the TENAA listing only show a white and gold model, we expect it’ll be available in other colors as well.
Specification-wise, the regular R9 features a 5.5-inch full HD (1080 x 1920) resolution AMOLED display, while the R9 Plus features the same resolution stretched over a 6-inch display. It’s unclear which octa-core processors are powering the phones, but they will seemingly come paired with 4GB RAM. What’s more, the R9 is listed as including 32GB internal storage, while the R9 Plus has 64GB. Both are expandable up to 128GB according to the information on TENAA’s listings.
The only other specification we can make out is the operating system which, disappointingly, is Android 5.0 Lollipop. As is always the case with these listings, we can’t tell exactly when the phone will be launched, but it does give us an indication that it will hit the market soon. With the fashionable premium-looking design and decent specs, it should be a competitive device when it eventually lands on store shelves.