Just last month, the Oppo F9 was announced and made available in the Malaysian market. With the price of RM1399, it’s positioning itself as a mid-range smartphone with premium features.
Before we continue with the review, let’s check out the specs:
Screen: 6.3-inch TFT LCD (2340 by 1080 pixels recolution)
OS: ColorOS 5.2, based on Android 8.1
Camera: 16MP+2MP (Rear) 25MP(Front)
Processor: MTK P60
Storage: 64GB (Expandable up to 256GB)
Outlook & Design
The one that I have been playing with is the Sunrise Red version. According to them, this ‘petal’ design is being implemented for the very first time in smartphone design.
I personally am not a fan of this shimmering pattern on the back. The lines are kind of old school. It would look a lot nicer with just plain red-purple gradient.
Other than the back design, I feel that the overall look is very pleasing to the eye and the bezelless display with a tiny notch really gives it a refreshing look compared to all the other Android phones in the market currently with a notch.
Speaking of notches, the one on the Oppo F9 is totally different from what you’d expect. It is very tiny and looks like a teardrop. They call this the ‘waterdrop design’ and I feel that it is very well implemented.
The 6.3″ LCD screen is very bright and vibrant. I actually do like to view my Instagram feed using this display. As much as LED screen being the ‘current’ tech for screens, LCD still takes the crown when it comes to natural looking photos and visuals.
A question to Oppo. Why are you still using old school Micro USB port in 2018?
Video watching experience on the Oppo F9 is just average. The single speaker on the bottom of the phone is loud… but can be easily blocked by the palm when held sideways.
The display looks a little hazy when watching Netflix in fullscreen mode. As much as I like looking at photos using the LCD screen, LED is my preferred choice when watching videos and movies on smartphones.
One thing I really like about the Oppo F9 is the overlay menu options during video playback or full screen gameplay. It gives us easy and quick access to frequently used apps and other features like taking screenshot and screen recordings.
VOOC Fast Charging
“5 minutes charge, 2 hours talk” is the tagline for this device.
Apparently it has multiple safety checkpoints to ensure that electricity flow is managed well. One good news is; despite it having super fast charging and all, we can still use the device safely. At least that’s what they promise.
Anyway, how fast is this VOOC thing? Here’s a speed comparison for you to digest:
5 minutes charge on the Oppo F9: 8% increase.
5 minutes charge on the iPhone X: 6% increase.
A question to Oppo: Why are you still using old school Micro USB port in 2018?
This is the very first F series with dual lens. With the combination of 16MP and 2MP lenses on the back, it is able to produce photos with bokeh effects.
On the front, it sports a 25MP selfie camera which is very high resolution for a mid-range phone.
Here are some photos taken using the F9. Click to enlarge.
The back camera takes good photos with sharp images but the Oppo F9 tends to overexpose the highlights. This means the dynamic range is not high enough to balance between the bright and dark areas in the same shot.
Selfies are super high res and sharp. With the help of AI beauty, everyone will be able to have more beautiful skin while maintaining the details that we require to look ‘natural’.
As a mid-range smartphone, the Oppo F9 has all the features we need. In fact, it has a lot more than we can expect. The interface is fast and snappy as Colour OS has been enhanced throughout these years to provide better user experience throughout.
VOOC works very well in providing fast charging experience but only applicable when you use the adapter and cable provided in the box.
Selfie camera is top notch and if you are looking for a smartphone with high res front camera, the F9 is definitely your choice.
For RM1399, you will not regret buying the Oppo F9 but do note that there are also other options out there like the Mi A2 and Nokia 7 Plus that demands around the same price.
My suggestion is to always look around, have a feel on all the available options before purchasing your next smartphone.