PHILIPPINES – OPPO F9 is officially arriving in the Philippines on August 15. The announcement was made by OPPO Philippines in anticipation of the launch, which is scheduled next week.
The latest phone in the F series features a 6.3-inch “Waterdrop Screen” design in lieu of the notch, essentially (ehem!) increasing screen-to-body ratio to 90.8% without resorting to a mechanical workaround like the pop-up cameras found on the OPPO Find X and the Vivo Nex.
It also comes with 3,500 mAh battery with VOOC Flash charge, OPPO’s proprietary fast-charging technology which allows faster charging times, similar to Qualcomm Quick Charge.
“We look forward to introducing the OPPO F9, the successor of our best-selling OPPO F7 model, to the Philippine market,” OPPO Philippines’ Vice President for Marketing Jane Wan said.
“The F9 proves to be the most powerful and innovative in its class with its VOOC fast-charging and Waterdrop Screen features … OPPO always puts the user first and the F9 is the latest product of that commitment,” she added.
Just like the OPPO F7, the F9 runs on a Mediatek Helio P60 chipset with an Octa-core A73/A53 CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, and two memory-storage configurations: 4GB / 64GB and 6GB / 128GB.
Rear camera gets a slight bump – we now get a dual rear camera array with a 16 MP f/1.9 sensor plus a 2 MP depth sensor for more accurate-looking bokeh shots.
Front-facing camera is the same as the F7, staying at 25 MP f/2.0.
It gets all the staple features found on most mid-range smartphones released in the Philippines: dual SIM, 3.5mm audio jack, and a dedicated microSD expansion slot.
Just like the OPPO F7, the OPPO F9 is stuck with a micro USB interface rather than moving to USB type-C.
Price is yet to be revealed anywhere in the world. Considering that the OPPO F7 debuted at 17,990 Php 3 months ago, we are keeping our fingers crossed that the OPPO F9 will remain below 20,000 Php but above 18,000 Php to keep the two products from competing with each other.
Color options are Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue, and Starry Purple.
OPPO F9 specs
- Screen: 6.3″ LTPS IPS LCD @ 1080×2280 pixels with Gorilla Glass 6
- OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with ColorOS 5.0
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73, 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
- GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
- Memory / storage: 4 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM, 6 GB RAM / 128 GB ROM
- Rear (primary) camera: 16 MP, f/1.9, PDAF, LED flash + 2 MP depth sensor
- Front (selfie) camera: 25 MP, f/2.0
- Features: microSD slot (dedicated), microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm jack
- Price: TBD