Oppo had launched the Oppo R1 along side the NI at the company’s India launch event of January 30. The smartphone will be made available in the Indian market in price range of Rs 25,000-30,000 during the time period of March-April 2014 and the smartphone’s price tag seems pretty indigestible. Let us have a quick review of the smartphone:

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Camera and Storage

The Oppo R1 comes with an 8MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and it is capable of full HD 1080p video recording as well. You get a 5MP camera up front for video calling as well. No matter how well the camera may be, it still does not justify the price tag.  The only good thing is the 5MP front camera unit.

It comes with 16GB of internal storage but the same can not be expanded via a microSD card so limited storage might just pose as an issue for the device.

Processor and Battery

Under the hood of the Oppo R1 is a 1.3 GHz MT6582 Quad Core Processor with Mali 400 GPU. You can get the same specs in a slew of devices in the price range of Rs 10,000-15,000 so the exorbitant price seems all the more ridiculous for it.

A 2,410 mAh battery gives the Oppo R1 juice and the company has not specified its battery back up but we wouldn’t expect the same to last more than a day which is pretty much standard with the devices with a similar spec sheet.

Display and Features

The Oppo R1 comes shod with a 5 inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of  1280 X 720 pixels with a pixel density of  294 PPI. You can get full HD displays for around Rs 16,000-18,000 from companies like Micromax, Karbonn and Xolo with better specs. The only saving grace is the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The R1 will be priced at par with the Nexus 5 and that price point, it comes nowhere close to the Google flagship. You can use the touch with gloves as well.

It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Color OS on top of it and you get high levels of customization. You will get gesture controls to go with the package which are one of the few good things about the package.

Looks and Connectivity

The smartphone feels pretty premium to hold in hand and is just 7.1mm thick with its weight being 140 grams. The front and the back of the device are covered with glass which make the device look way premium and it is one of the few good things about it. The speaker grille is at the bottom which will avoid muffling of sound.

3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and aGPS will be present as well to ensure that you are always connected to the outside world. 

Comparison

The smartphone’s expected price puts it in competition with the likes of the Nexus 5 and Gionee Elife E7 which come with Snapdragon 800 chipsets and top of the line specs whereas the Oppo R1 could have been better off battling it out against something like a Moto G.

Key Specs:

Model OPPO R1
Display 5  inch, HD
Processor 1.3  GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS Color OS based on Android 4.2
Cameras 8 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2410 mAh
Price Rs. 25,000 to Rs. 30,000

Conclusion

The Oppo R1 like its siblings seems way overpriced for the spec sheet it brings along with it and we suggest you go in for a Nexus 5 or a Gionee Elife E7 instead. And if you want all that on a budget, the buck stops at Moto G.

 

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