Oppo Presents R15 Smartphone With Notched Display
The popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has presented the new Oppo R15 and R15 DME smartphone, both of which come equipped with a widescreen and a controversial notch at the top of the display.
The R15 and R15 DME both have a 6,28″ OLED display with a Full HD resolution of 2280 x 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio is fairly wide at 19:9, in contrast to most other smartphones with an 18:9 or 18,5:9 aspect ratio. The size is comparable to a 5.5-inch 16:9 smartphone. Both smartphones come with a dual camera setup and a glass design. The R15 DME is a special edition with slightly different specifications and a different design, and stands for ‘Dream Mirror Edition’.
The notch at the top of the display is fairly limited in size and covers the front camera as well as other necessary sensors such as the proximity and light sensor. The notch certainly isn’t new in the world of smartphones, as it was first introduced by the Essential Phone but became mainstream and gained popularity with the release of Apple’s iPhone X. Many manufacturers have incorporated the notch into their smartphone designs, including Huawei and Asus, in an attempt to reduce or eliminate smartphone bezels altogether. It’s expected that the upcoming OnePlus 6 smartphone will also feature a notched display.
Remarkably, Oppo has equipped both devices with a Face Unlock feature that is identical to the one available on the OnePlus 5T devices. Oppo and OnePlus are sister companies and their devices have shown similarities in the past.
In terms of specifications, the regular R15 smartphone will come with a MediaTek Helio P60 system-on-a-chip, which features four A73 cores at 2.0 GHz as well as two more energy-efficient A53 cores. The GPU is a Mali G672MP3 and the soc is accompanied by six gigabytes of internal RAM memory. There will be 128 GB of available storage capacity. The second camera on the back has a five-megapixel sensor to create a better depth.
The R15 DME features a different soc altogether and will use the midrange Snapdragon 660 chip and Adreno 512 GPU. Battery capacities are fairly similar, with 3450 mAh for the regular R15 and a slightly smaller 3400 mAh battery for the DME Edition. The secondary camera here is a 20-megapixel snapper which focusses on better low light performance. The main camera on both devices has a resolution of 16 megapixels, 1.22 µm pixels, and a f/1.7 aperture. The fingerprint scanner is located at the back.
Both devices will launch on April 1st in China and will ship with Android 8.1 Oreo and Oppo’s own ColorOS skin. Due to Google’s requirements, Treble will be supported on the smartphones. The Oppo R15 is the cheaper device of the two and is priced at 473 USD, while the Dream Mirror Edition will cost $520.