Oppo R819 review: Asian blade

Asian blade

GSMArena team, 20 August 2013.

Google Now

Google Now gives you a short overview of information it believes is relevant to you right now. Going to work in the morning? Google Now knows this and lets you know there's a big traffic jam on your usual way to the office, so it offers you a re-route.

It can interpret a lot of things from your search history as well. If you've been searching for, let's say, your favorite football team, Google Now will prepare a card showing you the next match the team is playing and will provide you score updates once the game begins.

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Google Now

Google has also integrated Voice Actions. They can handle stuff like sending messages (SMS or email), initiating a voice call, asking for directions, taking a note or opening a site. Google Now can also launch apps, check and manage your calendar and look for nearby places of interest and stuff like movie openings in theaters.

One problem Google Now has on the Oppo R819 is that there's no gesture shortcut to launch it, you can't long press a button for it, you have to use the Google Search widget or the shortcut in the custom app switcher.

One big advantage of Google's Jelly Bean is that the voice typing functionality doesn't require an internet connection to work. You can enter text by speaking anywhere you can use the on-screen keyboard - be it the Messaging app or a note taking app - without the need for a data connection as long as you have downloaded the needed language packs (and those only take about 20-25MB of your storage per pack).

Making voice typing available offline also made it faster as it's not dependent on your connection. What's even more impressive is that the transition hasn't cost it anything in terms of accuracy.

Synthetic benchmarks

The Oppo R819 uses a Mediatek MT6589 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU (clocked at 1.2GHz), 1GB of RAM and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU. Those don't sound like killer specs, but should feel right at home in the midrange.

Single-core performance isn't great - it's comparable to that of the old Cortex-A9 core. That's typically no match for Krait cores, but at least Mediatek fits 4 of the A7s, which should compensate in the next couple of benchmarks.

Benchmark Pi

Lower is better

  • Oppo Find 5
    267
  • HTC One X+
    280
  • LG Optimus G
    285
  • Sony Xperia V
    279
  • HTC One mini
    293
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    346
  • Oppo R819
    396
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    409
  • Sony Xperia L
    435
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    499
  • Sony Xperia go
    543
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    552
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    554
  • HTC Desire X
    639
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    800
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    831

Linpack puts the R819 very near the bottom of the chart, but there are last year's flagships like the Galaxy S III, One X and Optimus 4X HD keeping it company. Geekbench 2 meanwhile puts the former kings further up the chart, but the HTC One mini is barely faster than the Oppo here (while it was much faster in Linpack).

Linpack

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G
    608
  • Oppo Find 5
    593
  • Sony Xperia SP
    348
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    413
  • HTC One mini
    320
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
    214.3
  • Nexus 4
    213.5
  • Sony Xperia L
    191
  • Meizu MX 4-core
    189
  • HTC One X+
    177
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    175
  • HTC One X
    160
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    141
  • Oppo R819
    126.5
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    107.7

Geekbench 2

Higher is better

  • LG Optimus G Pro
    3040
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1937
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2105
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1845
  • LG Optimus G
    1723
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1661
  • iPhone 5
    1601
  • HTC One mini
    1417
  • Oppo R819
    1360
  • Sony Xperia L
    1073
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    970

AnTuTu puts the whole system to the test (CPU, GPU, RAM and storage) and places the Oppo R819 close to the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini and ahead of the One mini. Those are some of the hottest midrangers from two of the biggest Android vendors, so well done Oppo.

AnTuTu

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    15547
  • Oppo Find 5
    15167
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    14518
  • Oppo R819
    13245
  • HTC One mini
    11434
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    11203
  • Sony Xperia L
    9746
  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2
    6650

Running GLBenchmark at 1080p offscreen proved to be fruitless - the single-core PowerVR SGX544 is clocked relatively low in the MT6589 chipset and just can't do 1080p.

Epic Citadel runs at screen resolution - 720p in this case - and we set it to High Quality. The Oppo R819 hit just under 51fps, which is very close to the Adreno 320-powered LG Optimus G and ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S III and Oppo Find 5. This means 3D games are more than playable on the R819 and there's always the option to move to High Performance (or equivalent) setting if a new game proves too heavy.

Epic Citadel

Higher is better

  • HTC One mini
    56
  • Sony Xperia Z
    55.6
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3
    55.5
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    54.7
  • Nexus 4
    53.9
  • Asus Padfone 2
    53.4
  • LG Optimus G
    52.6
  • Oppo R819
    50.9
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    41.3
  • Oppo Find 5
    38.6

Relatively low single-core performance hurts the JavaScript speed, but the score is very close to decent performers in this category, so even JavaScript-intensive pages should render okay on the R819.

SunSpider

Lower is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    1185
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1192
  • HTC One mini
    1237
  • Sony Xperia V
    1189
  • Oppo R819
    1409
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1460
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1660
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    1654
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
    1863
  • Sony Xperia L
    2539
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    2824
  • Sony Xperia J
    2853
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    3578

For overall HTML5 performance, the Oppo R819 comes within reach of the Galaxy S4 mini and the HTC One mini in BrowserMark 2, while Vellamo places it further down, sandwiched between the LG Optimus G and Nexus 4.

BrowserMark 2

Higher is better

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2314
  • HTC One mini
    2164
  • Oppo R819
    1967
  • Sony Xperia V
    1957
  • Sony Xperia L
    1809
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1592
  • Samsung Galaxy Express
    1154
  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus
    1079
  • Sony Xperia E
    992
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    975
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    908
  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini
    714

Vellamo

Higher is better

  • HTC One mini
    2252
  • Sony Xperia SP
    2497
  • HTC One X (Tegra 3)
    2078
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini
    2019
  • Oppo Find 5
    1658
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
    1641
  • Sony Xperia L
    1640
  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim
    1572
  • LG Optimus 4X HD
    1568
  • LG Optimus G
    1522
  • Oppo R819
    1401
  • Nexus 4
    1310
  • Samsung Galaxy Fame
    1234
  • Samsung Galaxy Young
    1072
  • Sony Xperia E dual
    1065

Mediatek set out to make a budget chipset and already have a solid portfolio of phones powered by the MT6589. This should mean better developer support. As for daily use, it offers good enough performance on all fronts.

Reader comments

  • nuaim

Hi... I have oppo R819 i have been using since one year it is superb, but now it started to hang and suddenly switch off, so i formatted to factory setting now it is full Chinese language, kindly guide me to change it to English

  • nuaim

Hi... I have oppo R819 i have been using since one year it is superb, but now it started to hang and suddenly switch off, so i formatted to factory setting now it is full Chinese language, kindly guide me to change it to English

  • doni wirman

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