Oppo R1x review: Sleek geometry

Sleek geometry

GSMArena team, 05 June 2015.

Retail box covers the basics, and then some

The Oppo R1x comes in rather plain packaging and the accessories are nothing out of the ordinary either. There's an AC adapter rated at 5V/2A with no support for VOOC charging though. There's a meter-long detachable USB cable for both charging and data connections. A headset with a single-button remote and a SIM ejector pin complete the list of essentials.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Retail package

As far as extra items go, the phone has thin screen protectors pre-applied on both the front and rear, but there are no spares bundled. What you'll also find in the box is a frosted plastic bumper case to protect the back and the sides.

Oppo R1x 360-degree spin

The Oppo R1x measures 140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8mm which means it's footprint is about average for a 5-incher. On the other hand, at 6.8mm it's pleasantly thin, on par with the Samsung Galaxy S6 and a fraction slimmer than the iPhone 6, both of which have protruding camera units, unlike the R1x. The R1x weighs 130g which puts in on the light side of the 5-inch crowd.

Body and design

Style was obviously a top priority when Oppo went to the drawing board for the R1x. The designers did well and the device is certainly a looker.

Oppo R1x

It's a sharp rectangular slab of a smartphone with the corners only slightly rounded. A matte metal frame lines the entire handset, with its own edges finely chamfered. The frame is interrupted in four places, one for the headphone jack, the other three dictated by either antenna or assembly considerations.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Nothing special on the front

The front is dominated by the 5-inch display, surrounded by adequately sized bezels. The lack of Gorilla Glass protection and the resulting pre-applied screen protector are somewhat questionable on a device which costs around $400.

It's the back that gets us all excited though, and that's because of its eye-catching triangular pattern. Oppo has employed some sort of UV treatment on the panel and has achieved a faceted sapphire-like appearance. The triangles reflect light differently depending on the angle. It's a very subtle effect indoors, but one you'll certainly appreciate outside.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Faceted sapphire-like back plays tricks with light reflections

Controls and handling

The Oppo R1x has a straightforward set of controls, familiar from other company models. On the front you have dedicated Menu/Home/Back capacitive buttons in the bottom bezel. The top bezel houses the earpiece, flanked by the selfie camera and Proximity/Ambient light sensor assembly. The status LED is in the right corner.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Capacitive buttons • Earpiece, camera and sensors

The striking back is otherwise pretty bare. There's the 13MP camera module in the top left corner, joined by the single LED flash. The camera lens glass sits flush with the back panel, while the flash required a cutout, and an ever so slight ridge has resulted.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
13MP camera on the back

The top of the device is home to a standard 3.5-inch headphone jack - at 6.8mm the R1x is thick enough to have one, unlike the 4.85mm R5, which came with a do-it-all micro-USB port. The secondary mic is on top too.

On the bottom you'll find the microUSB port in the middle with a speaker grille on each side. The left one is there for the sake of symmetry though, and there's an actual speaker only behind the right one.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
3.5mm jack and second mic on top • microUSB and speaker grill on the bottom

There's nothing but a power button on the left side of the phone, while the volume rocker and card slot are on the right. The card tray is ejected with the supplied pin, and you can either load two SIM cards or a SIM and microSD. The tray goes in one-way only, but being symmetrical at first glance, you may not get it right every time. If it resists, don't force it, just flip it the other way around.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Lone power button on the left • Volume rocker and card slot on the right

The R1x is pleasantly compact in your hand, largely due to the slim profile. However, the shiny surfaces of both the front and back aren't too grippy. That said, the sharp edges of the screen, together with the metal frame, still make up for a secure grasp of the phone.

Oppo R1x Oppo R1x
Oppo R1x in the hand

Reader comments

  • AnonD-316345

Trust me, the so-called OPPO R1x (R8201) lacks LTE Connectivity. My wife owns this beautiful device with the price tag of around $350 when bought last year. The price is even stable at around $300 now

  • gud

gud

  • Anonymous-Carl

Before saying it's expensive try to own an OPPO phone, if your not satisfied with the performance then you can say your comments, but as long as you have not experience it don't badmouth any brands. Have respect to the other brand and to yourself. :)