Oppo R1 launched in India for Rs 26,990, comes with premium build quality

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Oppo mobiles, often known as the Apple of China began its operations in full swing in India when it launched the Oppo N1. Since then, it has been expanding its portfolio in the Indian market. Now it has just launched the Oppo R1 in India at a price of Rs 26,990. The device comes with a modest set of specifications for its price and it seems a bit overpriced.

Oppo R1
Oppo R1

Oppo R1 Specifications

  • 5 inch HD IPS display, 1280 x 720 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor, PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Color OS
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (non-expandable)
  • 8MP rear camera (Fujitsu Sensor), LED Flash, BSI sensor and an f/2.0 aperture
  • 5MP front-facing camera, 80 degree wide-angle lens
  • Dirac HD audio acoustic optimisation for headphones, 2nd gen Smart PA audio amplifier
  • Dual-SIM card slots (micro SIM), 3G HSPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS
  • 2410 mAh battery, Golden Rims and Ceramic Back
  • Rs 26,990

Oppo is trying to establish itself as a comparatively premium smartphone brand. But it would have made some sort of sense had it been priced at half of what it is currently. It is a good mid-ranger but it is way off the mark in terms of pricing. You can yourself a 16GB Nexus 5 for almost the same amount and buying the Oppo R1 at this price somehow makes just no sense. Even if it would have been priced similar to the Gionee Elife S5.5, it makes no sense to buy the Oppo R1. The Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a slimmest body, more colour options and more powerful hardware, be it processor, screen or the camera.

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