Currently, Oppo is such a smartphone maker which we can define as ‘Beauty with brain’. The company has launched two back to back smartphones; F9 and F9 Pro, and in our earlier review we had F9 Pro to look at and now this time we have got F9 for review. The new F9 has the same genealogy that of F9 Pro but just has difference in RAM size and selfie camera. The new F9 also has lesser price than the F9 Pro.
The new F9 in terms of its beauty and design is very similar to that of the F9 Pro. We got the Starry Purple variant which looks beautiful with its pattern rear side with glossy finish but this glossy finish has its own cons which is it attract lots of smudges. The rear side is uni-color not like the F9 Pro which has fusion of two colors. The rear side sports the fingerprint sensor and the horizontally placed dual camera sensors placed in one frame and next to camera sensors lies the rear LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is very fast and accurate when it comes to performance. The front fascia of the phone is dominated by 6.3 inch screen and above the screen lies a mini notch just sporting selfie camera whose main purpose is to provide a complete full display which we have seen in F9 Pro as well. The left side of the phone is sporting volume rockers and the SIM tray which can carry dual SIMS and a microSD card at the same time. The right side of the phone is just carrying the power button. The top of the phone is completely blank while at the bottom lies a mono speaker grille, micro USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is lacking USB Type-C port which is quite disappointing to witness in such smartphone.
The new Oppo F9 is sporting a massive 6.3 inch full HD+ display which we have seen in F9 Pro with an aspect ratio of 19:5:9 and screen resolution 1080×2340 pixels. The screen space offered is immense which can allow you a very comforting experience of carrying out any task. The viewing angles are very wide as well and the HD power of the display gives satisfactory gaming experience as well and the quality does not seems to get distorted much even when playing high graphic games. The display has 16M colors with 409ppi density. The display is visible in outdoor conditions as well and the colors are bright and vibrant. The notch on the top of the display is very tiny just accommodating the selfie camera which in turn providing more screen space. The screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass same as that of F9 Pro making the screen prone to any scratch or any minor damage.
The new F9 is also powered by the same processor which we saw in F9 Pro which is MediaTek MT6771 Helio P60 octa-core processor where four cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz Cortex A73 while the other four are clocked at 2.0 GHz Cortex A53. When it comes about performance of the processor we did not find much difference in their output. There was no lag in multitasking and we did not find any apps functioning inappropriately. The only difference which comes into play is that there is slight increase in heat when you use heavy apps like Snapchat or playing games like Asphalt 8, 9 Golf Clash which might be due to the RAM size which is 4GB. But the good thing about F9 is that it gives you so much power and performance in comparatively lesser price than F9 Pro. The internal storage of the device is of 64GB which is sufficient enough to store any application or file plus you can always expand it by inserting SDcard in the dedicated slot. Oppo F9 Pro runs on Android 8.1 with V5.2 ColorOS version and there are various features as well which comes with the new ColorOS version.
The camera of F9 is no less than F9 pro and the new F9 sports the same dual rear camera sensors of 16MP primary sensor and 2MP depth sensor respectively which we have seen in F9 Pro. The primary sensor has an aperture of f/1.8 with PDAF, while the depth sensor has an aperture of f/2.4. The camera is quick to focus and able to take crystal clear shots without missing any detail or distorting the color quality of the image. The daylight shots are well detailed and clear but what advantage you get with Oppo cameras is that the night shots are equivalently clear and detailed. While testing the rear camera both at day and night time it performed well up to our expectation and the only time the focus of the phone gets imbalanced when you zoom in to click pictures then only there is graining effect which comes into play. The other difference between F9 and F9 pro is that in the selfie camera. The selfie camera of F9 is of 16 Megapixel rather than 25 Megapixel which was there in F9 Pro. The selfie camera has an aperture of f/2.0. The selfies captured are very crispy and clear with great detailing. The selfie camera lacks the front flash but the screen flash of the phone automatically generates sufficient amount of light to allow you to take selfies even when lighting conditions are not favorable. There are various modes and effects available in both the selfie and rear camera sensor to opt for. Overall, the F9 has best cameras in the range in which it falls and I personally feel that if you want pictures which you can later appreciate then F9 is the deal which you should not miss.
The new F9 is powered by 3,500mAh non removable battery which holds the power to last all day through by giving you non-stop entertainment. During our test period the phone lasted throughout the day with a single charge with some hours of listening music and playing games.
The Oppo F9 is more or less similar to its successor F9 Pro, having same optical setup, attractive design, Waterdrop design but cuts on the RAM and ROM size. The smartphone is seems to be apt for the selfie enthusiasts and for those who love to flaunt without pinching too much on their pockets at around Rs 18,990.