The Oppo R15 Pro was announced by massive media charade. This review is all about the latest fashion-centric smartphone duo to come out of the Chinese company – the Oppo R15 and R15 Pro.

Positives

  • Big bright display
  • Smart navigation
  • Beautiful colors
  • Fantastic selfie camera
  • Lots of storage and RAM

 Negatives

  • Expensive for what you get
  • Screen resolution
  • Buggy software
  • Expensive for this tier of device
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Oppo’s R15 and R15 Pro are devices brain-teaser with compromises. With their mid-range processors and legacy ports, these phones can’t compete with Samsung, Huawei and other’s best and brightest, but they also include a number of trendy, flagship-style features.

oppo r15 pro reviews

The latest R15 and R15 Pro flagships, just like the newest Huawei P20s, have signature paint jobs that make them eye-catchy and easily recognizable. Flat-back R15 in Nebula Purple and the curvy R15 Pro in Ruby Red.

It’s hard to argue against the design of this phone. The R15 has one of the slimmest bezels we’ve seen on a smartphone yet, closing in on the iPhone X

This is a very slim phone, at just 7.4mm thick. The slight curve on the glass back makes it rest easily in your hand. It didn’t feel nearly as slippery as I expected. It also doesn’t slide around on tables, though this may be due in part to the protruding dual-camera setup near the top of the phone..

Display

As our screens get larger, resolution starts to become more apparent. The R15 sports a 6.28-inch 1,080 x 2,280 display, and while the OLED panel helps color and contrast look better, sharpness takes a bit of a hit here. App icons look almost matte on this thing. I didn’t mind it much at first, but it became much more apparent over time. The aspect ratio is a cool 18.99:9, which helps this screen feel absolutely enormous, especially on a 6.28″ panel.

The R15 Pro, on the other hand, takes the design one premium step further – the back panel is made of either glass (Ruby Red) or ceramic (Ceramic Black), and is curved towards the longer sides. The R15 Pro is available in Ruby Red gradient paint job – also designed for the R15 Pro exclusively. There is also a China-limited Ceramic Black version.

Performance

MediaTek Helio P60 and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, inside the Oppo R15 and R15 Pro, respectively, aren’t created quite equal. Still, they are both mid-range chips that combine more than enough power for fluid Android interaction, with battery efficient manufacturing processes – 12nm and 14nm, respectively.

The Kryo 260 CPU on this SoC is octa-core, so CPU performance is quite decent for a mid-ranged chip, scoring better than 72 percent of devices tested on AnTuTu.

MediaTek’s Helio P60 on the Oppo R15 packs an octa-core processor of 4x Cortex-A73 @2.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A53 @2.0GHz. There is a tri-core Mali-G72 GPU to handle graphics. The R15 also comes with 6 gigs of RAM.

Battery life

The Oppo R15 Pro is powered by a 3,400mAh battery (Li-Po) sealed inside its glass body. The phone supports the fast VOOC charging, a 5V unit at 4A for a total output of 20W. The R15 did great on talk time, web browsing, and video playback test, while its standby power consumption is slightly above average.

I would have preferred a USB Type-C port, since I have multiple C-to-C chargers in my house and wouldn’t have to use the special brick Oppo provides with the phone.

Camera

The Oppo R15 and R15 Pro have dual camera setups, quite similar to the OnePlus 5T and R11s.

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The primary 16MP IMX519 sensor, found inside both phones. Oppo claims it was co-developed with Sony, specifically for the pair, 1.22µm pixels that should enable better low-light performance.

The new camera also supports automatic scene detection – you’ll see a small icon when a scene is successfully recognized, and the software will tweak all settings accordingly. Food, snow, pets, sunsets, grass, among other scenes, are caught mostly correctly. Most photos will look great at a quick glance, but zooming in even the slightest bit causes significant softness and quality reduction.

Oppo has included extra features like portrait mode and slow-motion video, but they don’t work nearly as well as other devices on the market right now. Portrait mode has a hard time detecting edges and tends to add an unnatural blur around these areas, while the slo-mo mode softens your subject quite significantly.

The R15 Pro, a 20MP secondary snapper – the same found on the Oppo R11s and OnePlus 5T.  there are no ultra-wide or zoom capabilities. Not only that, but it has the same f/1.7 aperture, its sensor is a bit smaller at 1/2.8″ and it has smaller pixels, at 1.0µm, compared to the primary 16MP snapper. That means that it isn’t that much help with low-light shots either.

The interface has borrowed a lot from the iOS app, Most settings are on the left (or top, depending on the orientation), while different modes are selected on the right next to the shutter key. Strangely, the left-hand side also has a few additional modes that didn’t find a spot in the carousel on the right.

 OPPO R15OPPO R15 Pro
Display6.3-inch Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080) display
19:9 aspect ratio
401 ppi
6.3-inch Full HD+ (2,280 x 1,080) display
19:9 aspect ratio
401 ppi
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60 (1.8 GHz max)
Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 and 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Kryo 260 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260)
GPUMali-G72 MP3Adreno 512
RAM6 GB6 GB
Storage128 GB
Expandable up to 256 GB through microSD card slot
128 GB
Expandable up to 256 GB through microSD card slot
Rear camera

16 MP + 5 MP dual

16 MP:
1.22 μm
f/1.7 aperture

5 MP:
f/2.2 aperture

16 MP + 20 MP dual

16 MP:
1.22 μm
f/1.7 aperture

20 MP:
f/1.7 aperture

Front camera20 MP
f/2.0 aperture
20 MP
f/2.0 aperture
Battery3,450 mAh
5V/4A VOOC Flash Charge
3,400 mAh
5V/4A VOOC Flash Charge
Operating systemAndroid 8.1 Oreo
ColorOS 5.0
Android 8.1 Oreo
ColorOS 5.0
Dimensions155.1 x 75.2 x 7.4 mm155.1 x 75.2 x 7.4 mm
Weight175 g175 g

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