If OPPO has gotten you interested with its range of smartphones but don't have the budget for the latest Find 7a, then this might be a bit of welcome news. Seen making its way through the FCC approval process is the OPPO R1, which, in this incarnation, has gained support for 4G LTE.
The OPPO R1 isn't exactly the top of its class, but that might also mean that it won't be as expensive as OPPO's more recent devices. The R1 offers a mishmash of mid-tier and high-end specs, such as a 5-inch 1280x720 IPS screen, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel F/2.0 rear camera, and a 5 megapixel front shooter. Perhaps the two biggest warts on the otherwise decent device is the 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and the 16 GB of internal storage which cannot be expanded with a microSD card.
The version of the OPPO R1 passing through the FCC, however, adds one more feature to the device that might make it worth the dollars. The smartphone is marked as having support for LTE networks, particularly the FDD-LTE Band 4 used by US mobile carriers. No word on pricing yet, though it will hopefully come lower than most high-end flagships today. However, interested buyers might have to look towards retailers for one, as no carrier has yet included one under contract.
Those looking for the latest, or at least semi-latest, hardware might better be off spending a bit more on a OPPO Find 7a. This one sports a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It also has support for LTE bands used in the US, as well as an international model for those outside the country. Of course, it will cost more, with a $499 price tag, compared to the $410 of the non-LTE OPPO R1 when it was announced last December.