Chinese phone maker Oppo is launching two new phones with 18:9 displays and slim top and bottom bezels.
The Oppo R11s is a 6 inch phone with a 2160 x 1080 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 display, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage, while the Oppo R11s Plus has a 6.4 inch screen, 6GB of RAM, and a bigger battery.
Oh, and there’s reason to think that the upcoming OnePlus 5T will look a lot like the Oppo R11s.
OnePlus was founded by former Oppo executive Pete Lau, and the two companies are both owned by the same parent company, BBK.
So it’s not surprising that many OnePlus phones have a more-than-passing resemblance to similar devices from Oppo. This summer’s OnePlus 5, for instance, had a design that was nearly identical to the design of the original Oppo R11… although the OnePlus phone had better specs under the hood.
With the rumor mill suggesting that the OnePlus 5T will have the same basic specs as the OnePlus 5 but a new design with slim bezels and an 18:9 display, it’s interesting to see that Oppo just launched an updated R11 with exactly those changes.
Anyway, the Oppo R11s and R11s Plus are expected to sell for around $450 and $560 respectively, although they’ll only be available in China t launch.
The smaller model has a 3,205 mAh battery while the larger version has a 4,000 mAH battery. Both models have microSD card slots, dual rear cameras, 20MP front-facing cameras, micro USB ports, headphone jacks, and fingerprint sensors.
via Android Authority and GSM Arena
The Oppo brand reminds me of their fantastic upconverting DVD players (they didn’t just stretch the image, they had chips to sharpen it that were pretty popular) as HDTVs became popular. That’d be useful in a phone in a lot markets, if you ask me. Stream low quality, see high quality (ish), nice way to save data.
We are still doing the “18:9” thing instead of just saying “2:1”? I don’t understand the advantage. Why not 34:17 or 68:34? Just seems a bit silly.
I think it’s supposed to provide a frame of reference to the more familiar AR 16:9 (this differentiates it from your other 2:1 examples).
It is silly though, because I suspect anyone who actually understands what 18:9 refers to at all doesn’t need the dumbed-down comparison friendly format, and everyone who might theoretically be helped by it probably just sees an arbitrary number and neither knowns nor cares what relation the numbers have to anything.
> neither knowns nor cares
“micro USB ports”
Eh? No USB-C on phones around the $500 mark? Bit strange…
I don’t think they have a VOOC charger cable with a type C output. I believe the wall charger that comes with the phone is VOOC.
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