Oppo just announced its R15 flagship duo, which not only represents the latest and greatest from the world's fifth largest manufacturer, but also comes to show what to expect from OnePlus and Vivo - the other two in BBK Electronics' smartphone trifecta.
The better specced member seemed like a mouthful at first, carrying the clumsy Dream Mirror Edition title, but Oppo assured us that it will be known as the much simpler R15 Pro. With that silliness out of the way, we can take the R15 pair a bit more seriously.
The differences between the include chipset - where the Pro has Snapdragon 660 rather than the MediaTek P60 and the camera - 16+20MP on the Pro vs 16+5MP on the lesser model. The Pro also rocks a ceramic body with a different finish, which gives it its lengthy Chinese name. Battery capacity difference is just 50mAh, which is barely worth a mention and while the chipset limitations mean no Bluetooth 5.0 on the vanilla R15 it's hardly a big deal.
The 6.28" notched OLED panel is shared between the two and so is the Color OS launcher running over Android 8.1 Oreo. Storage and RAM are also unchanged, so one has to wonder if the Pro version is worth the extra cash. That's a question for another day though - one where we will have the full review completed. For now, lets focus on handling the two phones and see how they work beyond the official presentations and fancy promo videos.
Notch design isn't great. Notch is a trends and it block the notification bar. If they making the 6 inch screen for a proper display without notch, it would be better.
Micro USB. Great.
Any chance GSMArena could test the camera using the Android APIs (instead of the built-in camera)? For instance use OpenCamera. Curious to see if it suffers from the same issues that plagued OP5(T).