Oppo has been the eye candy of the top tier buyers. The One Plus series has taken the world by storm and established a new milestone in terms of smartphone performance. However, the company is now trying their luck at the mid-level smartphone segment. The upcoming Oppo R12 is created for this very purpose. Consisting of satisfactory specs that have both its ups and downs, the device is still in the works and the specs may change at the time of release. But we have managed to gather enough information to chalk out a picture of the expected smartphone. The launch date still hasn't been made public yet but we are expecting it to make an appearance sometime around the next year. Many other devices will be making their debut and this is the perfect time to prove oneself among the upcoming competition.
In terms of design, the leaked images evoke mixed emotions. The R12 will be sporting a full metal body along with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display, capped at 2160 x 1080 pixels. There is no news on the pixel density, but we are expecting somewhere around the 430ppi mark. Only the black version of the device has been announced, though we are expecting a grey and a golden variant as well. The screen to body ration is where the device loses a few marks. There aren’t any bezels on the sides, which is a good thing. But the top and the bottom of the device appears to take up a lot of space. Since this is expected to be a prototype, we are expecting Oppo to make some final changes to the display of the R12 before it is finally released. Otherwise, the screen will feel a bit clunky in the hands, which will hurt its appeal to the community.
In the past, we have seen Oppo deliver more than enough power when it came to performance. The OnePlus series is a great example, but the entry-level phones, not so much. It will be interesting to see what the company does with the middle ground. The R12 is rumored to house an octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM. The manufacturer of the processor is still in the shade, but with what little information we were able to gather, we can deduce that it will the Hi-Silicon Processor. Four of them will be 2.2GHz Kyro 260 high-performance ones, while the rest will be clocked at 1.84GHz for low power demanding tasks. All in all the device seems quite well balanced, and with 64GB of internal storage, you shouldn’t have any problem with data management. Whether or not it will have microSD support is crucial, because 64GB of internal storage isn’t something that is expected from a mid-range device. It will also have Android 7.1.1 out of the box according to the reports and a possible upgrade to the next version i.e., Android 8.0 Oreo. However, we await official tests before passing a final verdict on the device.
This is where the Oppo R12 leaves the others in the dust. The device we rumored to have dual 20 MP rear shooters and a 20 MP front facing the camera as well. The rear cameras are also rumored to have HDR, phase detection autofocus, and some amount of optical zoom. It is also said to have full HD recording at 1080p@60fps/30fps. Some are saying it also supports 2160p, but that is highly unlikely for a mid-range device.
In terms multimedia, just like other Android devices, it will also support the basic codec package, that being MP3, M4A, WAV, eAAC+, MP4, FLV, and H.264. Support for additional files can be availed by downloading a third party app such as MX or the VLC player.
The R12 is said to have dual sim support along with 4G LTE capabilities, a standard for almost every upcoming device. In terms of power, the R12 shall be powered by a 3000mAh battery, which is sort of a letdown. Normally the battery standards for a mid-level device lies in the 4k mAh region. A mere 3000mAh will result in some frown faces within the community, especially since those 20 MP will consume a lot of power.
Since the R12 is an upcoming device, any verdict made at this point is pointless. As a final suggestion, the concept device could use some improvement in the design and battery segments. The bezels and low powered battery are the possible grey areas of otherwise a decent upcoming smartphone.WHAT WE LIKED