OPPO A9 2020 unboxing, quick hands-on review

Today, we’re taking a quick look at OPPO’s latest smartphone, the OPPO A9 2020. The handset is being marketed as a midrange phone with features that aim above its price point.

The OPPO A9 2020 is now available for blind pre-orders until September 19. Currently, the official price has not yet been revealed. There’s nothing to worry about though as OPPO assured us that it will be friendly.

Before we start, here’s our quick unboxing video.

YouTube video

Now, on with the initial review. Right off the bat, the first thing I noticed with the A9 2020 is the design. The handset features OPPO’s recent design language found on their flagships such as the OPPO Reno series.

OPPO A9 2020 Hands-on Review

The phone has that sleek vibe going for it. The back panel is made of smooth plastic that mimics glass with a gradient that shifts between dark and light colors. It looks good and makes you wonder why they’re debuting it on the midrange segment. The frame is also made of a plastic material but with a matte finish that give it a premium look and feel.

Also Read: OPPO now accepting blind pre-orders for the A9 2020 in the Philippines

In the hand, the OPPO A9 2020 is a solidly built smartphone. It feels substantial and weighty, which further contributes to the prevailing theme of a midrange phone with features that belong in a higher segment.

OPPO A9 2020 Hands-on Review

Up front, the phone has a 6.5-inch HD IPS display. Despite having only a 1600 x 720 resolution, it looks good. It also has a 20:9 aspect ratio and dual stereo speakers that give it a more immersive cinematic experience.

Inside, the OPPO A9 2020 is powered by a 2.0GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage. Initial benchmarks rate the phone a score of 134,457 on AnTuTu. On Geekbench, it got 313 on the single core test, and 1,288 on the multi-core.

OPPO A9 2020 Hands-on Review

The handset comes with a massive 5,000mAh battery. With just that number, you know you’ll get more usage out of this than most devices. It also has reverse charging, allowing it to top-up other devices through an OTG cable.

OPPO A9 2020 Hands-on Review

As for the cameras, you have four at the back with a 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, and two 2MP sensors for “artistic portrait effects.” Three of the sensors are at the middle on a vertical layout, while the other one sits beneath the flash. The main camera has a large 1/2.25″ sized sensor with 0.8um pixel size. The front camera uses a 16MP sensor with an f/2.0 lens.

Here are some test photos. The images have been resized on Adobe Photoshop with quality set at 60.

That’s it for today’s initial review of the OPPO A9 2020. Be sure to stay tuned and catch our full review of the OPPO A9 2020 which will come out in the coming days.

For those already interested, the OPPO A9 2020 is already available for blind pre-orders. It will come with a free XSound Bluetooth Headset valued at PHP 2,099. All you need is to shell out PHP 1,000 deposit at an OPPO store or kiosk near you.

OPPO A9 2020 specs:

  • 6.5-inch HD IPS Display (1600 x 720, 270 ppi), 20:9 Aspect Ratio
  • 2.0GHz Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Processor, 11nm
  • Adreno 610 GPU, Game Boost 2.0
  • 4/8GB RAM, LDDR4x Dual Channel
  • 128GB Storage, UFS 2.1, microSD up to 256GB
  • 48MP f/1.8 + 8MP f/2.25 + 2MP f/2.4 + 2MP f/2.4 Quad Rear Cameras, Supports 4K/30fps, EIS
  • 16MP f/2.0 Front Camera,
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 5
  • Fingerprint Scanner (Rear), Face Unlock
  • Stereo Speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • USB Type-C Port
  • Color OS, Android 9 Pie
  • 5000mAh Battery, Reverse Charge via OTG Cable

Bryan is a geek at heart and a tech enthusiast by choice. He has a strong background in corporate communications, marketing services, and customer relations having worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors for over two decades. In his spare time, he enjoys watching clips on YouTube and binge watching shows on Netflix.

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