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Oppo R9 review: Looks and feels like an iPhone, but this is no iPhone

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The camera app for the Oppo R9 makes no bones about being a copy of the one in iOS.

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The phone houses 64GB of onboard storage, and includes a microSD storage expansion slot. Gaming performance was disappointing, as Asphalt 8 got pretty choppy when I turned the graphics quality to high, though the 3DMark benchmark seemed to do well. In day-to-day general performance, however, such as opening and using apps such as Facebook or Gmail, all worked smoothly. The phone's battery isn't too shabby, and lasted 11 hours while looping a video in airplane mode.

Unfortunately, given the disappointing performance and copycat design, the Oppo R9 (aka F1 Plus) doesn't feel like a worthy buy, but if you're still keen, you can get it now through Oppo's online store.

Performance benchmarks

Oppo R9
Xiaomi Redmi Note 2
Huawei Honor 5X


3DMark Ice Storm (unlimited)
Geekbench 3 (single-core)
Geekbench 3 (multi-core)


Longer bars indicate better performance

Oppo R9/F1 Plus vs. Huawei Honor 5X vs. Xiaomi Redmi 2

Oppo R9/F1 Plus Huawei Honor 5X Xiaomi Redmi 2
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels 5.5-inch; 1,920x1,080 pixels
Pixel density 401ppi 401ppi 401ppi
Dimensions (Inches) 5.98 x 2.93 x 0.26 in 6 x 3 x 0.32 in 5.98 x 2.99 x 0.33 in
Dimensions (Millimeters) 151.8 x 74.3 x 6.6 mm 151 x 76 x 8.2 mm 152 x 76 x 8.3 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 5.11 oz (145 g) 5.6 oz; 158 g 5.64 oz; 160g
Mobile software Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.1 Lollipop Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera 13-megapixel 13-megapixel 13-megapixel
Front-facing camera 16-megapixel 5-megapixel 5-megapixel
Video capture 1080p HD 1080p HD 1080p HD
Processor 2.0GHZ octa-core Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 2.0GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10
Storage 64GB 16GB 16Gb
Expandable storage Up to 128GB Up to 128GB Up to 32GB
Battery 2,850mAh battery (nonremovable) 3,000mAh (nonremovable) 3,060mAh battery (removable)
Fingerprint sensor Home button Back cover None
Connector Micro-USB Micro-USB Micro-USB
Special features Fast charging, Dual-SIM Dual-SIM card slots Dual-SIM card slot
Price off-contract (USD) $425 $200 $150
Price (GBP) £299 Converts to £135 Converts to £100
Price (AUD) AU$599 Converts to AU$275 Converts to AU$210

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