Oppo's R9 and R9 Plus feature astounding 16MP front-facing selfie shooters

Companies have released handsets in the past touted as "the smartphone for selfie lovers," but none have really made jaws drop with their front-facing optics. That is, until Oppo decided to shake things up with the R9 and R9 Plus. Both smartphones feature a 16MP front-facing shooter. Yes, you read that correctly. 16MP.

What makes the R9 from Oppo even more interesting in the camera department is how the company has opted to go with just 13MP for the main rear-facing camera, while the R9 Plus has a 16MP upgrade. Other specifications include an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, 4GB of RAM, 4G LTE, fingerprint sensor, 2850mAh battery, and a screen to body ratio of 79.3%. If you choose the R9 Plus, your battery is upgraded alongside the camera to a whopping 4120mAh power plant.

Considering both handsets will be priced at around $500 or below in China, that's quite the planned launch for Oppo. We can only dream that said hardware makes it outside the country and into our pockets.

Rich Edmonds