Oppo A9 Review: Power Packed but Camera Disappoints
Handset manufacturers are now focusing on launching new smartphones in the price segment oflessthan Rs 20,000. In the last few weeks, some popular phones like Oppo K3, Realme X and Vivo Z1 Pro have been launched in the Indian market in a budget of less than Rs. 20,000.
Oppo A9 First Hand Review
Oppo has now launched its new Oppo A9 smartphone with Rs 15,490 price tag. The phone will compete with many popular handsets in the market. Now the thing to be seen if it will be able to challenge its rival handset in the market or not.
Oppo A9 Design:
The design of Oppo A9 smartphone is similar to Oppo A7 and Oppo A5. All three handsets are part of the same series. Oppo A9 has a large 6.5-inch display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The plastic screen protector will already be installed on the phone.
The Oppo A9 has thin bezels on the top and side but the border is slightly thicker at the bottom of the phone. The power button is on the right side of the phone, while the volume button is on the left.
Phone has a fingerprint sensor on the back. Just above the fingerprint sensor, there are two rear cameras with LED flash. Micro-USB port will be found at the bottom of the phone, which is a bit disappointing because many phones in this price segment are equipped with USB Type-C port.
This phone comes packed with 3.5mm headphone jack and loudspeaker at the bottom. Oppo A9 has two color variants – Purple and Marble Green. We have a marble green color variant available for review. Phone’s packaging includes a 10 watt charger, transparent case and headphones.
Oppo A9 Specification and Software:
The phone has a MediaTek Helio P70 processor, the same chipset was also used in Realme 3 . The presence of this chipset in phones priced at Rs 15,490 may disappoint some.
In this price rage Redmi Note 7 Pro has used the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and Oppo K3 and Realme X gets Snapdragon 710 processor.
The same variant of Oppo A9 has been launched with 4 GB RAM and 128 GB storage. The phone has a 4020 mAh battery and weighs 190 grams. For connectivity, the phone includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth version 4.2, USB-OTG support. The phone has light, proximity and gyroscope sensors under the hood.
Oppo A9 runs on ColorOs 6.0 based on Android Pie and comes with UC Browser, Facebook, WPS Office, Newspoint, Dailyhunt, Halo, Paytm, Wynk Music, WebNovel and Amazon app pre-installed. These apps can also be uninstalled from if you want to do so.
Oppo A9 Performance and Camera
Oppo A9 is powered by MediaTek Helio P70 processor that handles phone performance during heavy uses. There was no problem in launching apps and multitasking as well.
4 GB RAM is capable of providing smooth experience. Content on Oppo A9 displayed well with great viewing angles. The fingerprint sensor on the back panel of the phone quickly unlocks the phone. The Face Unlock feature uses a selfie camera, it is easy to setup and it unlocks the phone faster.
While playing PUBG Mobile we noticed that the game was set to Medium Quality Preset and Graphics Balanced and Frame Rate Medium.
The game ran without any problems on these settings. OPPO game space cleared the RAM and disabled pop-up notifications. We played the game for 20 minutes and found that 4 percent of the battery was consumed.
The 4,020 mAh battery in the Oppo A9 provides very good battery life. Charging is slow when charging the phone with a 10 watt charger. In this situation, phone takes more than two hours to fully charged.
Oppo A9 is equipped with dual rear camera setup. On the rear, it has a 16-megapixel primary sensor with aperture F / 1.8 with LED flash and a 2-megapixel secondary sensor.
A 16-megapixel selfie camera with F / 2.0 aperture will be available on the front panel. The camera app on Oppo A9 is similar to what we have seen in other Oppo smartphones.
Photos captured from the Oppo A9 in daylight were good, the phone locks the focus before taking a picture. We found that the picture of the objects which were near, was good but the picture of the objects which were situated at a short distance was lacking in detail. Close-up shots were good and the AI of the phone also helped.
Oppo A9 maintains a difference in subject and background. The sharpness and detail are captured well in the picture but the AI boosts the colors slightly.
The edge detection of the phone was good. Oppo A9 does not allow Blur to adjust before or after taking a shot. We found that the detail shot captured well in the portrait shot from Oppo A9.
Oppo A9 Camera: the USP
There may be a slight reduction in camera performance in low light. There was a lack of detail in the picture, but the Oppo A9 keeps the noise under control, the picture was good but when the photo is zoomed, the grain appears.
Night mode helps in improving detail and bright photos. The selfie taken with a 16 megapixel front camera was also good.
The detail in the picture was well captured, the selfie camera-captured portrait shots were also acceptable but edge detection needs some improvement.
This phone does not blur the gap between the person’s or her body. Both the primary and selfie camera are capable of recording video at 1080 resolution. Video stabilization is also provided, with little shimmer effect seen in the video clip in low light.
Considering the price, camera performance is acceptable. If your budget is a little lower, you can go for Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme 3 Pro. If you’ve more budget to spend, then Realme X and Oppo 3 come with better camera and more modern design.