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Oppo R1 Review, Unboxing, Benchmarks, Gaming, Camera and Verdict

Oppo R1 is a recent entry in the indian market, from a relatively new player Oppo Mobiles who has entered Indian market with their first phone Oppo N1. Oppo R1 is the latest mobile which comes with 1.3 Ghz quad core processor with Mali 400MP GPU and it has 16GB of in built memory. In this review we tell you whether its worth money you spend on this phone considering hardware specs and performance of this phone in day to day usage.


Oppo R1 Full In Depth Review + Unboxing [Video]

Oppo R1 Quick Specs

  • Display Size: 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen with 720 x 1280 HD resolution
  • Processor: 1.3 GHz Quad Core MediaTek Mt6582
  • RAM: 1 Gb
  • Software Version: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Camera: 8 MP AF camera.
  • Secondary Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera AF [Auto Focus]
  • Internal Storage: 16 GB with 10 GB approx user available
  • External Storage: No
  • Battery: 2410 mAh battery Lithium Ion
  • Connectivity: 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, aGPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • Others: OTG Support – Yes, Dual SIM – Yes, LED Indicator – Yes – It has two LED notification lights.
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity and magnetic field sensor.

Box Contents

Inside the box you will get a handset, translucent case to keep the phone, screen guard preinstalled, standard headphones (apple style), USB to MicroUSB cable, User manual, Service center list.

Build Quality, Design and Form Factor

The build quality of the Oppo R1 is just amazing as contrary from the belief that it comes from another Chinese manufacturer it does not have cheap quality of plastic. In terms of looks Oppo R1 looks like a enlarged version of iPhone 4 or 4S, on the edges you have metal and on the front and rear you have glass with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The design seems to be inspired from iPhone 4th generation but it does make a distinctive image as well on its own. The form factor of this phone is good as its quite slim at 7.1 mm and the weight of the phone is around 140 gram with 5 inch display which makes it portable enough to carry around with you and it can slip into your jeans or trouser pocket easily.


Camera Performance

It has 8 MP Auto focus rear camera which takes pretty good photos in natural light and in low light it has performed decent as well. It can also record HD video at 720p and it has auto focus both in photo and video mode. Front camera is 5 MP and it also have face detection as well and it can take decent selfie and can also do HD video chat.


Camera Samples


Oppo R1 Camera Video Sample

Display, Memory and Battery Backup

It has IPS LCD display with 720p resolution at 294 pixel density offers good viewing angles and good color reproduction of colors, the display of the phone is also readable under sunlight and with auto brightness it will save a lot of battery and adjust it to look good as per the light conditions in which you are with the phone. The in built memory is around 16Gb out of which around 10 GB approx. is available and rest is taken up by color OS custom ROM which comes preinstalled on it, there is no SD card support. The battery backup of the phone is decent as it will easily give you more than 1 day backup with moderate usage, in case you use the phone for multimedia, then you can expect around 1 day of backup.

Software, Benchmarks and Gaming

User interface is color OS ROM which has a custom interface running on the phone on top of android, either is home screen or animations all of them are smooth but not snappy. The benchmarks scores are given below and they are good if not impressive. You can play most of the graphic intensive games without any issues, we played Temple run oz and Frontline Commando D Day both of these games ran smoothly. You can also play heavy graphic games as well. Benchmark Scores

  • Antutu Benchmark: 17729
  • Nenamark2:  54.6 fps
  • Multi Touch:  10 point

Oppo R1 Gaming Review [Video]

Sound, Video and Navigation

The sound from the loudspeaker is loud and clear and the placement is on the bottom edge which is good position as the speaker does not get blocked even when you place the device on a table. On 720p display screen of this phone, you can play HD videos at 720p and 1080p resolution without any issues. GPS navigation also worked nicely and it was able to lock the GPS coordinates quickly but its faster only when you are in outdoors but indoors it might take more time due to weak GPS signals.

Oppo R1 Photo Gallery


What We Liked

  • Great built quality
  • Good camera performance
  • Customized User Interface

What We Did Not Liked

  • Glossy back prone to fingerprints
  • Slightly big to hold and use with one hand

Conclusion and Price

Oppo R1 is a really good smartphone considering the hardware it has for day to day processing and the camera performance is also pretty good. It also comes with a great build quality and premium material being used which you may not see on other phones in the same price segment. It is available in the market for a price of approx Rs. 26,990 in the market which makes slightly costly compare to other android phones with similar hardware but if looks and build quality are important to you then it is the phone you should opt for.


Abhishek Bhatnagar

Abhishek Bhatnagar, a known technology blogger & YouTuber from India. A Software Engineer by qualification, now he works as the editor-In-Chief, Webmaster, & Managing Director at Gadgets To Use. He runs a number of other technology websites as well.