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Oppo R15 Pro review: An overachiever that's just a fraction behind OnePlus

Oppo gives you lots of megapixels 

A phone's camera may be its most important component. Basically every phone can browse Facebook and YouTube, but not every phone, not even all the expensive ones, can shoot good pictures. The Oppo R15 Pro can shoot good pictures.

It's got more megapixels than most phones out there, that's for sure. On the back is a 20-megapixel and 16-megapixel dual camera combo, plus a 20-megapixel selfie camera on the front. But of course, more megapixels doesn't always mean better pictures. They're mostly put to good use here, though.

I found the R15 Pro's cameras to be excellent. Photos look detailed, sharp and realistic. The automatic HDR is solid, as it doesn't make pictures look artificial, as some HDR shooters can. The selfie camera also serves up the goods, especially if you're outside as it doesn't deal with artificial light super well. The beautify feature, which smooths out your skin tone (read: makes you whiter), is still here.

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Your selfie game is safe with this phone.

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Tranquilo.

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There are problems with portrait shots (right) though, as they often looked washed out compared to normal-mode shots (left).

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Portrait shot on the left, normal shot on the right.

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Strangely, though, the rear cameras' excellence doesn't extend entirely to portrait mode. The phone is capable of shooting profile picture-worthy portraits, but it'll take some finagling. The lens often captures way too much light, making some portraits washed out or looking unnaturally bright.

The cameras are more than capable at night, too. Not Huawei P20 Pro-capable, as photos come out a little grainy in comparison, but certainly better than you'd expect from a midrange phone. On the video front, it offers 2,160-pixel shooting at 30 frames per second, and can give you up to 240 fps slow-motion video.

All the performance and battery life you need

The R15 Pro's greatest strength is its lack of weakness. It's not a flawless phone, but it's without any real deal-breaking problems. It's reliable.

For starters, the phone has a big pot of juice with its 3,340mAh battery. I always got home with a good chunk of battery left, after a day of reading, social media-ing and watching too many YouTube videos on cellular internet. It lasted just over 14 hours in our video-loop battery test, which isn't quite as good as the OnePlus 6's 15.5 hour result, but is still on the higher end of the scale.

And yes, the Oppo R15 Pro offers only midrange power, but I've long questioned the need for a high-end processor. It's well behind the Huawei P20 Pro and Galaxy S9 ($500 at Walmart) in benchmark tests, but as someone who used both of those phones in the weeks and months prior to the R15 Pro, I can't say there was a noticeable drop in performance. That includes gaming, where 3D games like Asphalt 8 faired just fine.

3DMark Ice Storm Unlimited

Oppo R15 Pro
23,724
OnePlus 6
62,952
Huawei P20
30,547
Moto X4
16,796

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench v.4.0 single-core

Oppo R15 Pro
1,611
OnePlus 6
2,454
Huawei P20
1,896
Moto X4
869

Note:

Longer bars indicate better performance

Geekbench 4 Multi-Core

Oppo R15 Pro
5,712
OnePlus 6
6,653
Huawei P20
6,672
Moto X4
4,114

Note:

Longer bars indicate higher performance

Oppo R15 Pro versus OnePlus 6, Huawei P20 and Moto X4


Oppo R15 Pro OnePlus 6 Huawei P20 Moto X4
Display size, resolution 6.28-inch; 1,080x2,280 pixels (AMOLED) 6.28-inch; 2,280x1,080 pixels 5.8-inch; 2,244x1,080 pixels (LCD) 5.2-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 401ppi 402ppi 428ppi 424ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 6.16x2.96x0.31 in 6.13x2.97x0.31 in 5.9x2.8x0.3 in 5.8x2.9x0.31 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 156.5x75.2x8 mm 155.7x75.4x7.75 mm 149.1x70.8x7.65 mm 148.4x73.4x8 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.35 oz; 180g 6.2 oz; 177g 5.8 oz; 165g 5.7 oz; 163g
Mobile software Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo Android 8.1 Oreo One Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Camera 16-megapixel, 20-megapixel monochrome 16-megapixel, 20-megapixel 12-megapixel RGB, 20-megapixel monochrome Dual 12-megapixel, 8-megapixel
Front-facing camera 20-megapixel camera 16-megapixel   24-megapixel camera 16-megapixel
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.3GHz octa-core Kirin 970 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
Storage 128GB 64GB, 128GB, 256GB 128GB 32GB, 64GB
RAM 6GB 6GB, 8GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB
Expandable storage Up to 256GB None None Up to 2TB
Battery 3,430mAh 3,300mAh 3,400mAh 3,000mAh
Fingerprint sensor Back Back Below screen Below screen
Connector Micro-USB USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack Yes Yes No Yes
Special features Super slow-mo video, dual-sim, splash-resistant (IP57) Dash Charging, dual-SIM, super slow-mo Super slow-mo video (960fps), splash-resistant (IP57) Water-resistant (IP68), selfie-flash, dual rear cameras
Price off-contract (USD) Converts to $515 $529 (64GB), $579 (128GB), $629 (256GB) Converts to $839 $399 (Motorola and Google); $330 (Amazon with Prime ads)
Price (GBP) Converts to £385 £469 (64GB), £519 (128GB), £569 (256GB)   Converts to £599 £349
Price (AUD) AU$689 Converted: AU$700 (64GB), AU$770 (128GB), AU$835 (256GB)  AU$999 AU$699

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