- Analysis by KJ David
The Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition is a step-up version of the R15 that differs from the original model in terms of rear camera, processor-of-choice, and finish. That being said, it shares the plain R15's weak points, one of which is raw battery capacity. While a good number of the best phablets and large-screen smartphones reach the 4000mAh power threshold, it comes with only 3400mAh in the tank . Fortunately, it is infused with Oppo's VOOC Flash Charge technology , claiming to provide 2 additional hours of calling time after a 5-minute charge.
Another slight con is the fact that this R15 variant sticks to its base model's 2280 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution , instead of shooting for an ultra-high-end 1440p QHD/QHD+ sharpness. As a result, it misses out on our list of VR-worthy smartphones (aka those with at least 500ppi pixel density scores) by peaking at only 401ppi . Looking past those drawbacks, however, its 6.3-inch (Its actual display diagonal is 6.28 inches) 19:9 OLED display still safely lands on high-end territory.
This R15 edition's specs also include a 20-megapixel front-facing camera rigged with AI imaging technologies like AI Smart Beauty that analyzes a subject's facial features and applies the appropriate enhancements accordingly. The forenamed selfie cam likely puts this phablet alongside the best selfie-driven smartphones on the market -- a front-firing LED flash would have been nice , though.
Just like its sibling, the Dream Mirror Edition comes with a high-end dual rear camera , but instead of aiding its 16-megapixel primary cam with a 5-megapixel sidekick, it comes with a whopping 20-megapixel deputy camera, consequently upgrading its depth-sensing capabilities. Also, like its selfie cam, its dual rear cam's pros and cons include AI-powered features, such as smart scene recognition and 3D portrait lighting.
Another key difference between this model and the plain R15's pros and cons is that this one replaces the R15's Helio P60 engine with an equally-high-end Snapdragon 660 dual-cluster eight-core processor , with the main quad-core cluster running at 2.2GHz and the efficiency cluster running 1.8GHz. Sadly, you won't be seeing it among the fastest smartphones anytime soon, since most of them clocked in at 2.5GHz or higher as of this technical review. Nevertheless, its 6GB accompanying RAM and 128GB native memory extendable by up to 256GB give it a flagship punch hardware-wise.
While the R15 dons rather playful gradient colors like Star Purple and Snow White, the Dream Mirror Edition comes in either Dream Mirror Red, from which it takes its name, though we're not sure how much it differs from the R15's Hot Red option, or Ceramic Black (with a 3D four-curved ceramic body) -- probably to appeal to users who prefer formal aesthetics. More importantly, though, it brings back its sibling's back-to-back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection .
All said, the R15 Dream Mirror Edition is a flagship-class phablet that calls out to users who prioritize photography and performance over anything else.
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