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Oppo R1 goes Official, It’s A Beautiful Device With Average Specs

Oppo has finally announced its much-anticipated Android based phone, the Oppo R1, but it turns out the device may not have been worth the hype. Prior to the launch, the Chinese manufacturer teased us with a bunch pictures of the device and they looked amazing. But now that we know the full specifications, we have come to realise the phone is just a pretty face with not much brains.

Specs

The Oppo R1, ships with a 16GB of internal storage (non-expandable), a 1.3 GHz Quad-Core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the outside you’ll find a 5-inch IPS screen that runs at 720×1280 which is a perfect resolution for HD entertainment on the small screen.

The 5-megapixel camera is said to produce amazing photos that allow shallow depth of filed with an aperture of 2.0. The low aperture also means that camera can perform much better at low light situations, by allowing more light in.

The device measures 142.7 x 70.4 x 7.1 and weighs 140g and that includes the 2,410 mAh battery.

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Design

The phone looks an awful lot like Apple iPhone from the side. Even the location of its micro USB charger matches the iPhone’s charger at the bottom. The phone comes with a gorgeous glass back that is supported by a sturdy metal framing. (Does that remind you of a particular phone?).

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On the front however, you’ll find yourself a 5-inch display with very little bezel on the sides that just takes your breath away.while this looks beautiful, it increases the likelihood of the screen cracking after a few drops or bumps.

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Final Thoughts

The Oppo R1′s specs aren’t terrible, but the release of the Oppo N1, this just seems like a big step back for the company. Imagine if Apple released the 4s after the 5s. This was never meant to be a flagship device, and while the average user will find it delightful, it will leave the advanced users wanting more.

With the Oppo R1 priced $410 USD users will be able to buy a better phone that ships with better specs and allows upgrading the internal memory beyond 16GB. Just like all other Asian manufacturers, Oppo will be keeping the R1 close to home with no plans for global distribution yet. I would hold off on buying the device, because I know my money can get me a stronger, less restrictive phone.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about the phone and whether or not you’ll consider buying it.