The Oppo R9’s narrow bezels = a high price


oppo r9 design

As a new Oppo R9 teaser confirms a super narrow bezel design, Oppo shops in China have gone ahead and confirmed local pricing for the new smartphone.

We all know that Oppo tends to price its phone higher than competitor so it’s not at all surprising to see the that the new R9 phone is going to cost at least 1000 Yuan ($153) more than a Snapdragon 820 powered Xiaomi Mi5.

Stores around China have already started to advertise the Oppo R9 at a retail price of 2999 Yuan while the larger screened Oppo R9 Plus will cost 3499 Yuan! To put those prices in to perspective the top of the range Xiaomi Mi5 with 4GB RAM, 128GB memory and Snapdragon 820 is only 2499 Yuan in China, and the recently announced Vivo Xplay 5 with curved Samsung display and Snapdragon 820 costs around 3600 Yuan.

Neither of the Oppo R9 phones are expected to rock a flagship qualcomm processor, with each phone appearing to be nothing more than premium midranges with high-pricing.

oppo r9 price

What the Oppo R9 phones will have though are a new physical home button design and a narrow screen bezel that lacks black borders. Oppo will officially announced both versions of the R9 later in the month, but you can already see most of the specifications here in leaked TENAA documents.

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16 Comments

  1. Muhammad Yasir
    March 8, 2016

    are thin bezels really THAT expensive and intricate to implement … from a technical viewpoint ?

    • Assefa Hanson
      March 8, 2016

      yuppppppppppppppppppppp

      • Muhammad Yasir
        March 8, 2016

        im gonna need more than that … deets anyone ?

    • morgs640
      March 9, 2016

      I highly doubt it, other chinese manufacturers have done it without the ridic price

      • Muhammad Yasir
        March 10, 2016

        examples ?

  2. afghanPower
    March 8, 2016

    How much does Xiaomi Mi5 cost again? I thought the non-pro version was about $250?

    • balcobomber25
      March 8, 2016

      The regular Mi5 is about $265 in China, for international buyers it is 1999 yuan which is about $307. The price difference comes from taxes.

  3. HBK
    March 8, 2016

    All of a sudden, Vivo doesn’t seem too overpriced. Thanks Oppo. 😀

    • balcobomber25
      March 8, 2016

      Oppo, Vivo and Gionee are usually all priced close to each other with their new flagships.

      • Assefa Hanson
        March 8, 2016

        someone told me the other day that vivo and oppo are essentially the sam company, something about BBK and share holders yadda yadda

        • balcobomber25
          March 8, 2016

          They have the same investors.

  4. slackerinChina
    March 8, 2016

    But you are talking about prices the shops charge for newly released gear. 500rmb above listed price is normal. Go into any Xiaomi shop and try to buy a 32gb Xiaomi for the 1999 listed price and they will laugh you out of the country. This week I have asked around several shops and gotten prices ranging from 2600 to 2800. The 64gb and 128gb versions are not yet available at any of the local xiaomi shops. So after 6 months and the dust settles, then you will be able to pick up these phones near the listed price. Which for R9 will be 2500 rmb. btw, you can pickup Mate 8’s for list prices here.

  5. Wolvie
    March 9, 2016

    OPPO, Huawei, VIVO, Gionee all aiming at rich buyer that can afford to pay at premium prices. I don’t say it is 100% bad as their price is stil cheaper than Apple or samsung.

    The one that still amaze me is china people still willing to buy those brands expensive products because China got some reputable brands that also selling good highend smartphone at much cheaper price( Ie :Meizu, Xiaomi).

    Problem with Xiaomi is most of their stocks magically end up at re seller shop that sell at premium price. Normally you need to waitt 4-6 months until the price back to a reasonable price. Hey maybe because of this then china people got no choice but to buy those premium brands as they always got stock ready.

    Of course if you can buy directly from xiaomi online in china then you got the cheapest price. If they still got any stock left. I really doubt you are so lucky.

    • justyfier
      March 9, 2016

      expensive phones are a status symbol in china. that’s why

  6. Nilzie
    March 9, 2016

    what does this junk have? snapdragon 615? 616?

  7. March 9, 2016

    The Oppo Find 7 was way over priced when it was released 2 years ago and, even today at a much reduced price, it is still too expensive.