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Oppo, Gionee showcase new wares at Shanghai MWC

Mirza Mohammed Ali Khan | Updated on January 11, 2018

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Though the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai is not as big on phone launches and snazzy new devices as the one held in Barcelona, it throws up a fair share of interesting smartphones. Sadly, most such phones don’t make it to India, despite us wishing that they would, given their specs and what they offer. A case in point being the Xiaomi Mi 6, which doesn’t look like it will be available in the country anytime soon, if at all it does.

Walking around the mobile pavilion at Shanghai, I spotted a few phones from brands like Oppo and Gionee (fairly common and well-known brands in India, now) on display that are released/close to releasing in China; the most striking of which were the Gionee S10L and the Oppo R11.

The first thing I noticed about both these phones was the back panel and the camera set-up. The iPhone 7Plus being a clear inspiration for them both. The R11 in particular looks a lot like the iPhone and almost exactly like the OnePlus 5, from the back; which is no surprise given that Oppo, OnePlus, and Vivo, all come from the same parent company.

The R11 is powered by the Snapdragon 660 processor from Qualcomm, with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Like the OnePlus 5, it sports a 5.5-inch display. It has a 20MP and 16MP rear dual camera set-up. The R11 Plus comes with a mammoth six-inch screen.

Not much is known about the Gionee S10L and given how the product literature available at the MWC was in Chinese; there was little I could make of it. But online reports and leaks point to good specs, such as a 6 GB RAM and 64 GB of expandable internal memory. It is said to be powered by a 3,450mAh non-removable battery and the rear dual camera set-up consists of a 20MP and an 8MP shooter. The front also features a dual camera set — 16MP and 8MP.

Given the powerful specs and the premium looks, here’s hoping to such phones seeing the light of the day in India.

The writer was in Shanghai at the invitation of GSMA

Published on July 05, 2017

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