After endless leaks and rumours, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has finally taken the wraps off its two new full-screen display smartphones — the Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus — at an event in China. As we reported, Oppo has recently launched its first full-screen display smartphone, called the “Oppo F5” in the Indian market. Similar to the Oppo F5, the R11s and R11s Plus smartphones also come with a bezel-less display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and 20-megapixel front-facing camera with A.I. Beauty Recognition technology support. With the launch of its new Oppo F5, Oppo R11s and R11s Plus smartphones, the Chinese vendor joins the elite 18:9 display club which is steadily being adopted by the reputed smartphone manufacturers. Actually, the new bezel-less display design is now becoming the new trend for the young age buyers as the dual camera setup was one of the major trends last year. Apple, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Micromax, Vivo have all already put thin bezels on their smartphone to offer a slim device with gigantic display. However, the freshly launched Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus are the upgraded variants and also the successors of the company’s previous R11 and R11 Plus smartphones, which were launched in China in the month of June this year.
The main highlights of the Oppo R11s and Oppo R11s Plus are their Full HD+ AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, Google’s Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system, dual rear-facing camera setup (16MP + 20MP), and an improved 20-megapixel front-facing camera with A.I. Beauty Recognition technology and facial recognition technology. The new AI technology not only promises to capture better selfies, but it also can be used to unlock the smartphone using its facial recognition technology. The A.I. Beauty Recognition technology on the smartphones uses artificial intelligence to recognise skin tone and type, gender and age of all subjects within an image by scanning more than 200 facial recognition spots and learns facial features unique to each subject, regardless of the angle or lighting. The AI technology also analyses environment lighting conditions to beautify a selfie shot. For high-grade biometric security, the front-facing camera scans 128 facial recognition points and takes only 0.08 seconds to unlock the device.
As for pricing and availability, the Oppo R11s has been launched in China with a price tag of CNY 2,999 (approximately Rs. 29,200 or US$ 451) and a special Oppo R11s RED variant has been priced at CNY 3,199 (approximately Rs. 31,150 or US$ 481. Both the Oppo R11s models or variants will be going on sale in China starting November 10 (Friday) in Black, Champagne Gold and Red colour options. On the other hand, the high-end Oppo R11s Plus comes with a price tag of CNY 3,699 (approximately Rs. 36,000 or US$ 557) and it will be available for purchase in China starting November 24 in Black and Champagne Gold colour options. Interestingly, Oppo R11s has received an excellent response from the excited customers and it reportedly recorded well over 300,000 pre-registrations on Chinese e-commerce site JD.com just hours after being launched. And if this response continues, the device could easily reach the two-million mark before it goes on sale on November 10.
In terms of design, both the smartphones sport a sleek and sophisticated metal unibody design with curved metal edges and full-screen display with minimal bezels on the sides and slim bezels on the top and bottom, giving them an overall premium outlook. The smartphones also feature a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, that is housed on the back panel of the devices. The volume rockers are placed on the left-hand edge of the devices, while the power/lock key button is situated at the right-hand edge of the smartphones. The horizontally arranged dual rear camera setup is still positioned exactly the top left corner of the rear panel, while the 20MP front-facing camera is fixed on the top left corner of the front panel.
Oppo R11s Specifications and Features:
Starting with the smaller version, the new Oppo R11s comes equipped with a huge 6.01-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and a scratch resistance curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection on top. The display has an 18:9 aspect ratio and offers a stunning 85.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the Oppo R11s is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor (4 x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 cores & 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 cores) coupled with Adreno 512 image processing unit to handle the graphics. In terms of memory, the device comes loaded with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Talking about its software front, the Oppo R11s runs company’s proprietary ColorOS 3.2 custom UI skin, based on Google’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system. The Android Nougat OS also brings some smart features such as split-screen mode, Night Shield, Face Unlock, a game acceleration mode and a Smart Gallery that categorises images according to the faces, time, location, scenes etc.
For photography, the Oppo R11s features a dual rear-facing camera setup with dual LED Flash for excellent low-light photography. Among these two rear cameras, one camera comes with a 16-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and a large 2µm pixel size, while the other camera sports a 20-megapixel sensor with an f/1.7 aperture and 2µm pixel size for better low-light performance. The Chinese company claims that both the cameras are capable of capturing photos independently depending on the current light conditions. The 20-megapixel camera is optimized for dim-light situations, while the 16-megapixel shooter is perfect for everyday use. On the front, the Oppo R11s carries a 20-megapixel front-facing camera with A.I. Beauty Recognition technology support to beautify a selfie shot perfectly. The smartphone also features a rear-mounted fingerprint recognition button for the biometric authentication process.
For connectivity, the Oppo R11s supports dual-SIM dual standby using the Hybrid Dual SIM configuration (Nano + Nano/microSD). That means you can either use this as a dual-SIM phone without memory card option or single-SIM phone with memory card option. Apart from this, the new bezel-less smartphone also offers various connectivity options including 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz & 5.0 GHz), hotspot, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.2, a 3.5mm headphone jack and microUSB charging port. Sensors on the device include a Proximity sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Accelerometer, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Gyroscope and E-compass sensor. On the battery front, the Oppo R11s packs a powerful 3,205mAh battery with company’s proprietary VOOC Flash charge technology support for fast charging.
Oppo R11s Plus Specifications and Features:
Moving on to the bigger version, the Oppo R11s Plus flaunts a gigantic 6.43-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 2160×1080 pixels and a scratch resistance curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating on top of the display. The display also has an 18:9 aspect ratio and offers an 85.95 percent screen-to-body ratio. Talking about its power and performance, the Oppo R11s Plus is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor (4 x 2.2GHz Kryo 260 cores & 4 x 1.8GHz Kryo 260 cores) coupled with Adreno 512 image processing unit to handle the graphics. In terms of memory, the smartphone is backed by a 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. Talking about its software front, the Oppo R11s Plus also runs on Google’s Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system with company’s own ColorOS 3.2 custom UI skin running on top.
For photography, the Oppo R11s Plus also sports a dual rear-facing camera setup, which comes combined with one 16-megapixel primary sensor and one 20-megapixel secondary sensor. The dual camera setup also features an f/1.7 aperture, 2.0µm pixel size and dual-LED flash. Talking about its selfie camera, the Oppo R11s Plus also comes with a 20-megapixel front-facing camera with A.I. Beauty Recognition technology for different beautification effects. Like the Oppo R11s, the R11s Plus also features a rear-mounted fingerprint recognition button for the biometric security.
In terms of connectivity, the dual-SIM (Hybrid Dual SIM configuration) Oppo R11s Plus also supports various connectivity options which include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz & 5.0 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS/A-GPS/GLONASS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Oppo R11s Plus is juiced up by a high-density 4,000mAh non-removable battery that also supports Oppo’s proprietary VOOC Flash Charge technology for fast charging. Sensors on the smartphone include an Accelerometer, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, E-compass, and Gyroscope sensor.