We’ve been hearing about the next Oppo phone for a while now, and the Oppo F9 is finally here. One of its most defining features is the absolutely tiny display notch on the front. It’s not just a phone for its looks either, as the specs aren’t half bad. Powered by a MediaTek Helio P60 and 4GB or 6GB of RAM, it’s got the basic power you need from a modern smartphone.
Oppo F9 Specifications
|CPU||MediaTek Helio P60|
|Camera||Rear: 16MP primary sensor (f/1.85) + 2MP secondary sensor
Front: 25MP sensor (f/2.0)
|Dimensions and weight||156.7 x 74.0 x 7.99mm, 168 grams|
|Display||6.3-inch LTPS TFT LCD 1080×2220|
|Audio||3.5mm headphone jack, speaker|
|Battery||3,500mAh supports VOOC Flash Charge|
|Ports||MicroUSB charging port, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Colours||Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple|
|Miscellaneous||Dual Nano-SIM, no NFC, ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1|
and other Middle Eastern/North African markets.
As you can see, the Oppo F9 is certainly a great phone for its price. It’s launching first in Vietnam and Thailand at that cost once converted, and that cost nets you a lot of high-end specifications. It’s also available in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. There will obviously be a lot of grumbling about the MediaTek Helio P60 SoC on-board, but it’s one of many cost-cutting measures undertaken in making a great mid-range device. So long as it runs fine, I personally have no complaints. MediaTek SoCs may not have a place in the flagship market, but there will also be a use for them in mid-range devices.
And that’s not all either. The Oppo F9 is the first smartphone to use Gorilla Glass 6. It can supposedly survive 15 drops of 1-meter distance, though I assume you’re not supposed to try and test that. It also features a headphone jack, dual cameras, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and VOOC Flash Charge. VOOC Flash Charging is effectively just the now-rebranded Dash Charge and will charge your phone to about 60% in half an hour. That’s without even mentioning the notch, which actually adds to the overall design of the device. I’m a huge fan of how it’s implemented in the Oppo F9. Oppo has been putting a lot of work into doing away with the notch, largely achieving that with the Oppo Find X. Even still, it appears that they may have found a reason to keep the notch anyway. Not only that, but the Find X is largely a conceptual phone – and also costs around $1,000. The Oppo F9 is shaping up to be a great phone, but the decider for many will be how the camera fares once it reaches the hands of reviewers.