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Oppo R9 and R9 Plus official: 16MP front-facers on both

The Oppo R9 and R9 Plus were just officially announced in China. The smartphones share the same design language, but under the hood there are plenty of differences.

The R9 is the smaller of the two, which doesn’t at all mean it’s actually small – it’s a phablet with a FullHD AMOLED 5.5-inch display. Oppo is proud of its accomplishments in bezel size, citing a minimal 1.66mm on the sides, and the whole thing measures 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6mm.

The R9 is powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 chipset with four of its Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 2.0GHz, the other four at 1.0GHz. 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage are on board and the R9 can take up to 128GB of microSD cards in the hybrid microSD/second-SIM slot.

It gets interesting in the camera department, where the front shooter actually boasts a higher-res sensor and brighter lens than the rear one. Selfies are taken care of by a 16MP imager mated with an f/2.0 lens with a 78.1-degree field of view. On the back you have a 13MP sensor behind a 5-element lens with f/2.2 aperture and 80.6-degree FoV.

Oppo R9 Plus

The R9 Plus ups the ante in several key areas. The obvious one, and the one meriting the Plus moniker, is screen size and the R9 Plus comes with a 6-inch display, again FullHD AMOLED. Side bezels are a smidgen wider at 1.76mm, but the screen-to-body ratio is still higher at 79.3% compared to 77.7% for the R9.

Running things is the Snapdragon 652 chipset with quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A72’s and quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A53’s. RAM is 4GB here as well, and base storage is 64GB, but there’s also a 128GB version. In case you want to expand on that (just how much music and photos do you have?) there’s a hybrid microSD/second-SIM slot as well.