Oppo F9 PRO
I had a hard time introducing Oppo F9 in this article because somehow, I was torn between if Oppo is a household name already or is it still these phones Kenyans call “china phones.” But after checking statistics on smartphones in Kenya I concluded Oppo has gained popularity and even trust in Kenyan market and even abroad.
I’d say over 40% of Kenyans have at the very least heard of the name Oppo. In August of 2018 this leading Chinese manufacturer announced the Oppo F9 and went ahead to released it in that very month. It is referred to as the F9 but in the Indian market you’ll have to be categorical, there you say F9 Pro. But really it is just one and the same thing. This article is a description of the subject phone with reference to reviews, time spent with the phone and details provided by the manufacturer. Below is a list of its main features before we do a detailed analysis.
- Released August 2018
- GSM (2G), HSPA (3G) and LTE (4G) network technology
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- 6.3 inches LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen
- 1080 x 2340 pixels resolution
- Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection
- Android 8.1 (Oreo) operating system
- Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset
- Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
- Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- 64 GB + 6 GB RAM
- microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- 16 MP + 2MP primary camera, LED flash
- 25 MP selfie camera, 1080p@30fps
- Wi-Fi 802.11
- Bluetooth 4.2
- FM radio
- microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
- Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery
- Fast battery charging: VOOC Flash Charge 5V/4A 20W
- Available in Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple
This looks very much like a mid-range budget smartphone to me. That’s a great phone at an affordable price.
Design and build
In as much as we would have loved a metal build here, Oppo F9 128GB rocks an interestingly deceptive plastic that meets the eye as aluminum. I really don’t know how Oppo pulled that one out but it has worked really fine. This build sees it measure 169 grams standing at 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm in dimensions. That’s weight, width and thickness respectively.
Something going on the face of this phone I love and that is how the display of this phone covers up too all front. There is an eye at the middle top left for the peeping selfie camera. The call speaker has been pushed up to where the top bezel is and to be honest it has been properly concealed, you wouldn’t even notice.
Bottom bezel is a bit thicker than the top while the side ones are just about the same (as top bezel size). The back is typical Oppo with primary camera on the top left corner and fingerprint scanner in the upper middle with Oppo label below it. Clean finish and good design I would say. Power button and volume rocker are on different sides of the F9.
Display and camera
A phablet device it is with a large 6.3 inches view space. It covers 97.cm3 of the front, that is almost a whole display on the front. The display panel has a 84.0% screen-to-body ratio and is a TPS IPS LCD capacitive touch screen. Not that it is a bad one but in 2018, an LCD panel isn’t what we all desire.
Oppo should have considered other options, LED wouldn’t hurt for example in the even AMOLED would have been too much. It is a mostly bright so viewing in outdoor conditions won’t be a hustle. Its 409 ppi density ensures colors are well represented and sharpness is at its sharpest. Viewing angles are okay and it has Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection this display. Again, at 1080 x 2340 pixels you get a bright screen mostly.
With confidence I report that the cameras of this phone are its selling point. Forget about everything else and take that in. There is nothing the Oppo F9 128GB does best than shoot pictures, both selfie and rear images. The primary camera is a dual 16 MP + 2MP lens the lesser being a depth sensor. It has an LED flash and shoots videos up to 1080p@30fps, same quality as the even more impressive 25MP front facing camera.
If you are looking for a good phone with great camera performance then look no further than Oppo F9. This marks the end of your search. Photography lovers will surely fall in love with this one, any day anytime and anywhere. HDR and panorama modes are just but a few features of the camera of the Oppo F9.
Performance and memory
This is Mediatek smartphone having a Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset. It runs Android operating system version 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.2 powered by an Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. These are above average specifications that automatically qualify the F9 as mid-range smartphone.
I feel it has nailed it a little harder here with 64 GB internal storage that runs on 6 GB or 4 GB RAM. Either version is great. On any high end smartphone, 4GB of RAM is usually very descent. It handles tasks quite easily. Even multitasking is a piece of bread thanks to that RAM count.
Oppo F9 128GB has a Non-removable Li-Po 3500 mAh battery. This seems a small capacity to me (on paper). 4,000 mAh could have been reasonable. It won’t drain flat after an hour okay but really 3,500mAh is a bit weak. The good news is there is Fast battery charging: VOOC Flash Charge 5V/4A 20W so getting back to 100% will be real quick.
*Great memory performance
|*Rather weak battery|
It comes with the choice of Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue or Starry Purple- rock it how you like it. Buy yours today at Phone Place Kenya.