Oppo PH outs 3 new phones, hints at R7, R7 Plus

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Chinese manufacturer Oppo is, understandably, taking aim at the low- to mid-end segments and has launched three new smartphones in the Philippines, bannered by the R1x, which has a distinctive design under a sapphire-glass rear panel. The 4.5-inch Neo 5 is a low-cost Android phone backed by a quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM, while the 4-inch Joy Plus offers milder specs for less money.

But back to the Oppo R1x: As we’ve mentioned in a previous post, it fits a lot of power into a thin-and-light package, running Android KitKat 4.4 on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable storage. It’s also one of the thinnest and lightest devices in the category, measuring just 6.9mm thick and weighing in at 130 grams. The pattern on the back is a real eye-catcher in royal blue, too, not to mention sapphire glass is one of the most scratch-resistant materials around.

The Oppo R1x, Neo 5, and Joy Plus are now available locally for P15,990, P7,990, and P4,990, respectively.

On a somewhat separate note, Oppo Philippines’ operations manager Garrick Hung revealed on the sidelines of the Oppo launch event that the upcoming R7 and R7 Plus are headed to local shores sometime in June or July, and that the still-unnamed follow-up to the flagship Find 7 phone is also coming to the Philippines later this year. Exciting times ahead, people.

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From left to right: The Oppo Joy Plus, Neo 5, and R1x

Specs of the Oppo Joy Plus (Price in the Philippines: P4,990):
* Dual SIM
* 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor
* 4GB internal storage
* microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
* 4-inch IPS display (480 x 800 resolution)
* 3-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
* VGA front camera
* 1,700mAh battery
* Android KitKat 4.4

Specs of the Oppo Neo 5 (Price in the Philippines: P7,990):
* Dual SIM
* 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor
* 8GB internal storage
* microSD card slot (up to 32GB)
* 4.5-inch IPS display (480 x 854 resolution)
* 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
* 2-megapixel front camera
* 2,000mAh battery
* Android KitKat 4.4

Specs of the Oppo R1x (Price in the Philippines: P15,990):
* Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset
* 16GB internal storage
* microSD card expansion (up to 128GB)
* 5-inch IPS display (720 x 1,280 resolution)
* 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
* 5-megapixel front camera
* 2,420mAh non-removable battery
* Android KitKat 4.4

The Oppo R1x looks gorgeous in person, and it has the brains to match its beauty.

MY TAKE: The Oppo Joy Plus and Neo 5 face an uphill battle against bargain blowers from industry veterans like Cherry Mobile and MyPhone, but the R1x has more than a fighting chance to shine on the mid-range stage. The 5-incher looks gorgeous in person, and it has the brains to match its beauty. It’s a shame none of the devices run Android Lollipop at launch, which would have given them a major advantage over the competition.

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.