With the new R15 Pro model, OPPO continues to focus on photos. This time the company designed its flagship smartphone with a new Sony imaging sensor, the IMX519.
In addition to the new sensor, the company has invested in a new AI-base scene recognition technology, that can recognise up to 120 different scenes and select the best settings for each situation. Together these bring the camera to the forefront of the experience.
The rear campera has a two sensor (16 megapixel and 5 megapixel) capturing details, colour and additional information that make pictures appear natural - and the AI-based scene recognition helps determine the best automatic settings to apply to different scenes and time of the day. The camera app even has a specific portrait mode for best results when taking photos that focus on people.
The smarty gallery app will automaticaly organise your photos in albums by date, people or objects (scenery, food, architecture, sea, etc).
Another feature that stands out is the large 6.28 inches OLED screen with a 19.9 ratio (2280 x 1080 pixels). The picture is clear and colours are vibrant. And yes, there's a notch - although I've noticed a couple of apps having problems with displaying content in that area it is well integrated with the rest of the design.
The OPPO R15 Pro has a nicely designed body with curved edges and Corning Gorilla glass back. The accent colour can be red or purple and they are both striking, with a special effect that causes it to look like a moving and changing colour.
The OPPO R15 Pro is powered by a with 6GB RAM and 128 GB storage and it terms of performance it's really a mid to top tier handset - not up there with OnePlus 5T devices but at similar (if not slightly better) level of other mid-level devices such as most Nokia smartphones.
Its 3450 mAh battery has plenty of power and thanks to its OPPO VOOC technology the OPPO R15 Pro can charge superfast. Unfortunately it is not using the new USB C standard yet but this is not a deal breaker.
ColorOS 5.0 is now based on Android 8.1. Unlike previous versions you can now replace the standard SMS appp - the Google Messenger with the web-based option is my current go-to option.
One small thing that I didn't like though was the lack of notification icons on the top bar around the notch. Notifications show update if you swipe down but if you don't look at the lock screen you won't know there's something there. When ask OPPO about this I was told there are plans to give users an option to enable notification icons on that area.
The main reason why I think this is a problem is because of its facial recognition unlock feature. It is so fast that you wouldn't even have time to look at the lock screen to notice any notification there.
An interesting ColorOS feature that makes full use of the large screen is the full scren multitask, an option that allows you to open certain apps as small window overlays that float over full screen apps such as media players.
Another interesting touch is the OPPO secure keyboard - when entering passwords or using bank apps it replaces the default keyboard you use with a secure keyboard that does not collect the information entered and does not let other apps see the information either.
With NFC (used for Google Pay), dual SIM support and fast WiFi, the OPPO R15 Pro is a smartphone worthy to be considered as your next device.