It looks like Oppo has found the success formula when it comes to design and looks but is spoiling the essence of it by bringing it to every other mid-range and budget smartphone. The Oppo A9 (2020) at first glance looks similar to the recently launched Oppo Reno 2, which we even called as one of the most beautiful Android smartphones for this year. However, bearing the torch for a completely different series, the A9 (2020) doesn’t seem to have any differentiating factor. It still looks good though. The USB Type-C port is at the bottom, power button on the right, volume buttons on the left and the ‘nano’ waterdrop notch on top of the screen. At the back, you get a glossy finish with a subtle looking coloured side blending to the Black coloured centre. All of it does deliver a premium look and something more than what you paid for. More on this in the review.
Oppo A9 (2020) runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is not new but still a capable chipset. While it may be able to handle multiple apps, those worrying about numbers and specs might not like it as you still have smartphones from rival brands (even sister brands) offering a better-specced device. The processor is clubbed with 4GB and 8GB RAM, which sound like a decent combination. However, we will talk about how it performs in real life in our forthcoming review. So stay tuned.
However, the performance and the design are not the most marketed features of the A9 (2020). It’s the quad-camera setup at the back. You have a 48MP primary sensor along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP mono lens and 2MP portrait lens. We expect the smartphone to deliver some decent portrait shots if not good using a dedicated lens for it. A welcome addition here is the Ultra Night mode, which was also there in the recently launched Reno 2. So there are some hopes from A9 (2020) in the low light photography as well. But will these live up to those hopes? We’ll reserve our conclusion for the review.
As for the battery, the Oppo A9 (2020) has a rather massive 5000mAh battery powering the entire device. Oppo already has a decent track record when it comes to battery performance and we are expecting the A9 (2020) to live up to that as well. The Snapdragon 665 processor and the FHD+ display shouldn’t be heavy power-consuming components, so we are expecting a fairly good battery performance from the new handset.
On the whole, looking at all the specifications and the features that you get with Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.1, the Oppo A9 (2020) for now looks like just another smartphone in the lineup. However, will it carve its position as a ‘unique’ in this market, we’ll soon find out. Stay with Gadgets Now for the review.