Entry-level OPPO R1001 Appears at the FCC

Chinese manufacturers, in the recent past, have been trying to claw their way into the Western world very diligently. Of these, it is the fairly-unseasoned OPPO who had wowed us last year with their premium handset - the OPPO Find 5. The Chinese manufacturer has managed to captivate us once again this year with their current flagship, the OPPO Find 7. However, premium handset notwithstanding, OPPO seems to have laid its sights on getting their devices into as many hands as possible. While trawling through the depth of the FCC, information has come to light about a device code-named the R1001 by OPPO, which appears to be an entry-level phone.

The FCC papers reveal a lot of interesting information regarding the OPPO R1001, however the device has not been announced by the Chinese manufacturer yet. OPPO has an entry-level series for smartphones with the 'R' moniker, as a result it would be safe to assume that the R1001 may retain this same name, if and when, the device gets officially announced. In terms of specifications, the device has a screen size of around 4.5 to 4.7 inches of undefined resolution. The OPPO R1001 is powered by the cheaper (or lower costing) Mediatek MT6572A SoC with a dual-core Cortex-A7 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, an ARM Mali 400-GPU is present to handle the graphics needs of the device. Device photos reveal a front facing camera for video calls and selfies, whereas the back camera is supported by a flash LED. The device is powered by a 1700 mAh battery and includes a charger, a USB Cable and earplugs which would suffice for mundane activities and is as expected for an entry-level device.

Unfortunately, the FCC documents do not reveal any further information regarding this phone. Even which Android version - if this is an Android device - would come pre-loaded onto the device. However, being an entry-level device, if it ever gets announced, the OPPO R1001 would be a mediocre device to be used either as a backup handset or to be gifted to someone to meet a basic telephony need.

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