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The OPPO R1S 4G LTE Shows off, Will Ditch the Mediatek Processor in Favor of Qualcomm

April 14, 2014 - Written By Syed Sofian Rabbani

The Chinese manufacturer OPPO has managed to establish as a contender in the tough Android smartphone domain. The offerings from OPPO have so far been impressive, both, in terms of high-end premium specifications along with stunning design. The latest revelations of the OPPO R1S 4G LTE also stand testimony to OPPO’s focus on design. Check out the images of the devices’ back panel below, which reveal the OPPO R1S to be a stunning device, clad in Gorilla Glass 3. The OPPO R1S is an upgraded model to the OPPO R1 which was launched in China, however there is one major change which the OPPO R1S carries – the device brings across 4G LTE connectivity thanks to OPPO making the switch from the Mediatek MT6582 for the OPPO R1 to a Qualcomm MSM8226 processor for the OPPO R1S. All other specifications, hopefully, remain the same as the R1 which was unveiled during the MWC earlier this year.

For a recap, the OPPO R1 (and the OPPO R1S) sports a full Gorilla Glass 3 clad body with a 5 inch 720p HD display screen which offers a 294 ppi pixel density. In terms of processing connectivity options, the device sports dual SIM quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G connectivity. 4G LTE is available on the R1S thanks to the Qualcomm MSM8226 processor, which is clocked at 1.6 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. Internal storage is limited at 16 GB and there is no MicroSD slot available. An 8 mega pixel primary snapper bearing Sony’s top quality sensors is capable of 1080p video recording and exceptional low-light photography, whereas Selfies and the occasional video call will be catered to by a 5 MP secondary front facing camera. The cameras and the Gorilla Glass 3 design are the primary selling points which have seen the OPPO R1 gain a fan following in China. Since the same design features have been copied over to the OPPO R1S, we would assume this phone to perform great as well.

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Leaks and rumors suggest the device will go on sale in China soon for a price of 2500 CNY (~$400), however there is no information regarding it’s availability in the western world. On our part, we can only hope, wait and drool over this gorgeous piece of design. Well, more hoping and less drooling. Do shout out if you want to see the OPPO R1S in the US too. Maybe OPPO will listen. Our comments section awaits.