OPPO F9: First Impressions

The Oppo F9 has the tiniest of notches you’ve ever seen, which some may find cute | here’s our first impressions of this phone, which for now is being made available only in Vietnam and the Philippines

OPPO F9: First Impressions

While the new Oppo F9 has been launched for Vietnam and the Philippines, with pricing information to follow soon, there’s a little bit of a conundrum about its release in other countries, including the U.S. and Europe, as the company has not revealed any information on when, or if, the phone will be made available in these markets.

Whatever the case, it would make some sense to know all about the phone in advance and then decide whether it would be worth your while to wait it out, hoping for the best, or just be happy to forget about it and move on with your life.

Well, the first thing that you’ll be forced to notice about the new Oppo F9 is the half-baked approach to the notch, which will strike you as kind of a compromise between having and not having one.

That said, the end result is not visually displeasing; kind of cute, in fact, unless you’re a sworn notch hater.

Shaped like a small little triangle with curvy corners, for want of a better description, it’s a negligible encroachment on the 6.3-inch screen; but, again, if you don’t like a notch on your set, big or small, this is not the phone for you.

Now that we’re done and dusted with the notch, let’s move on to the other areas of this Oppo device and check out if it’s worthy of a wait.

The Oppo F9 packs a 6.3-inch IPS panel display with a 1080 x 2280-pixel resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, with the small notch allowing for a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio.

All of that is protected by the latest sixth-generation Corning Gorilla Glass, which is, in fact, making its smartphone debut with the Oppo F9.

“Corning Gorilla Glass 6 improves upon Gorilla Glass 5 by surviving drops from higher heights, but, more importantly, has been engineered to survive multiple drops,” says the company’s Vice President and General Manager John Bayne.

Oppo has not made any upgrades to the front-facing selfie shooter, which is still a 25-megapixel f/2.0-aperture lens, embedded into the tiny notch, capable of recording 1080p resolution videos at 30 frames per second.

While we’re still on the front, you should know that the speaker ha
been cleverly integrated into the top edge of the phone, between the notch and the almost non-existent bezel.

Moving over to the back of the device, you’ll be impressed with the two-tone color progression, fading in and out in diamond-shaped patterns as the angle of light on the surface changes.

In his August 9 piece, Alan Martin of Trusted Reviews has described this play of shades on each of the three color options just perfectly.

Here’s what he wrote:

“There’s Sunrise Red, which evolves from bright red to lively pink; Twilight Blue, which moves from pitch black to a brilliant blue; and Starry Purple, which fades from a fuchsia to dark blue.”

The rear dual-camera array includes a 16-megapixel, f/1.9 primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera with a depth sensor.

The phone is being offered in two RAM configurations of 4GB and 6GB, while the internal storage remains a standard 64GB on both, which, for the 6GB variant, should have been 128GB, at least.

At 3,500mAh, the Oppo F9’s battery is a bit bigger than the one on the F7.
It supports VOOC flash charging, capable of fully juicing up the phone four times as fast as any 5V/1A charging system.

The F9 will run ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android Oreo 8.1

Oppo is not offering any upgrades in terms of processing power, still holding on to the F7’s Helio P60 processor, Octa Core, 2.0 GHz.

The graphics card is a Mali-G72 MP3 with 800 MHz of speed.

Main features and specs at a glance

Dimensions: 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm (6.17 x 2.91 x 0.31 in)
Weight: 169 g (5.96 oz)

Display:

  • 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
  • 080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6

Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
Chipset: Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
Internal memory: 64 GB, 6 GB or 4 GB RAM
Optional memory: microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Selfie camera: 25MP, f/2.0 with 1080p video recording at 30fps
Rear Cameras: 16 MP, f/1.8, PDAF main camera and 2MP support camera with depth sensor

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