OPPO brings us to the renewal of its mid-range smartphone, the new OPPO A9 2020. A device that’s supposed to stand out in a segment full of rivals.
A new rooster appears at a chicken coop, a mid-range Android that is one of the segments with the most competition that exists, the new OPPO A9 2020. A smartphone that will try to make itself recognized to different smartphone manufacturers in the market through a wide range of choices.
Due to this high rivalry, the device that tries to make a hole will need arguments to stand out from the rest. On paper it may seem that the new proposal of OPPO will be at the level, now comes the moment of truth in our analysis. Shall we start?
Features of the OPPO A9 2020
A priori the new OPPO A9 2020 ticks all the boxes of what we can ask for in a smartphone in 2020. Great autonomy, high connectivity, great storage and a wide photographic proposal. It remains to be seen how this translates into reality.
- Dimensions: 163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm
- Weight: 195 grams
- Space purple
- Marine Green
- Type: IPS
- Size: 6.5 inches | 20: 9
- Resolution: 1600 x 720 pixels
- Main features
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- 4 x 2.0 Ghz @ Kryo 260 Gold
- 4 x 1.8 Ghz @ Kryo 260 Silver
- GPU: Adreno 610
- Operating system: ColosOS 6 based on Android 9
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- ROM: 128GB
- RAM: 4 GB | 8 GB
- MicroSD: Yes, up to 256 GB
- Main: 48 Mpx f / 1.8
- Ultra wide: 8 Mpx f / 2.25
- Portrait: 2 Mpx f / 2.4
- Depth: 2 Mpx f / 2.4
- Front: 16 Mpx f / 2.0
- WiFi 802.11 ac
- Bluetooth 5.0
- FM Radio
- GPS | AGPS | GLONASS
- Headphone jack
- USB Type C
- Rear fingerprint reader
- Geomagnetic, proximity, light, acceleration and gyroscope
- Protection: None
- 5000 mAh Li-Po
- Reverse charge
- Fast charge: No, 10W
As we mentioned earlier, the new A9 2020 OPPO is very clear on its strengths. Above all, it stands out its large 5000 mAh battery with an inverted charging option. And placed a wide variety of photosensors on the set with the icing.
Certainly, not everything is perfect since we do not have fast charging or we are in a smartphone in the middle of 2020 that still carries Android 9, Features that will have to be assessed as a whole if they penalize enough or not with respect to their rivals.
A modern and magnetic design
Within a few seconds of having the new OPPO A9 2020 in our hands, we will notice two main aspects. The first is its weight, 195 grams , something that is closely related to the huge 5000 mAh battery that we find inside.
The second thing we realize is that the new OPPO is a fingerprint magnet , this is due to its shiny plastic design. A design very attractive to the eye, with a pleasant gradient that lights up as the light hits it. But that we will need to clean regularly to enjoy its design. Without forgetting the tendency to be somewhat slippery if we neglect ourselves.
Putting the magnifying glass in the details, starting with the rear panel, we ‘re going to find clean lines. Where the protagonist is the central area where the OPPO logo is placed, the fingerprint reader and the set of sensors are aligned. The latter protrudes a few millimeters away from the profile, although it is not seen in daily use.
If we go to the frame that surrounds the device, we find that the lower area takes center stage. Here we will find the headphone jack , the USB Type-C port and the main speaker . On the sides we find the power button on the right and the volume buttons along with the SIM tray on the left.
Buttons that transmit quality and robustness when pressed, a robustness that can be extended to the smartphone as a whole. Thanks in particular to its dimensions, weight, and logically, the quality of the materials used. For now, the new OPPO A9 2020 has been up to expectations.
Big screen, low resolution
We come to one of the points where the new OPPO A9 2020 leaves us with a bittersweet taste, its 6.5-inch screen , with a 20: 9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1600 x 720 . A screen that we have seen on realme devices recently and we liked it.
However, we ‘re not talking about a realm, a brand that is supposed to be one spot below OPPO in the ranking. And finding us a good, ready-made HD screen, in a device that aspires to more on paper, doesn’t convince us.
This does not mean that the experience is negative, it is really satisfactory, however, it seems to us somewhat insufficient. The new OPPO A9 2020 would have felt like a glove with a full HD screen, thus equaling many of its direct rivals.
Speaking of the screen usage experience, it lives up to expectations except for resolution. The brightness in various lighting situations is up to the task, thanks to its 480 nit and a contrast of 1500: 1 that put a great level of color and detail before our eyes.
Those who like to customize the visual experience to the millimeter, have the option to adjust the color temperature to their liking. Thus being able to enjoy a very pleasant multimedia experience and daily use , although as we have previously mentioned insufficient for the new OPPO.
Sufficient and efficient performance
One of the most important choices in a mid-range smartphone is its processor, since it is necessary to find a balance between performance/efficiency/ price. Obviously we don’t expect a high-end processor, but neither does one that is unambitious and frustrating in the long run.
This is not the case of the new OPPO A9 2020, which has the more than proven Snapdragon 665 under its casing . A processor that stands out for offering solvent performance for day to day , along with energy efficiency that makes a great match with the 5000 mAh of its battery.
At this point Qualcomm has new processors, which replace the veteran SD665, however at OPPO they have opted for something known and more than proven. This makes the new OPPO A9 2020 offer a totally satisfactory day-to-day experience.
Thank you also to come with 4GB of RAM, which allows us to open various applications and interact with each other without waiting. Offering a speed of response more than solvent for the vast majority of users.
Speaking of users, for those who are lazy, we can say that the experience playing with the new OPPO is within expectations . Helped by its HD ready screen, something good should have such a choice, the vast majority of games move correctly.
Stoically supporting the passage of heavy games like Shadowgun Legends or Honkai Impact 3rd that have made the Snapdragon nanometers sweat. And unfolding like silk with lighter games such as Alto’s Odissey or NBA Live 2020.
Solvent performance and lots of storage, does anyone give more?
The icing on the cake is a 128GB storage , more than enough for our photos, videos and everything that can come from WhatsApp groups … So, in general terms, the new OPPO A9 2020 is within expectations and offers a great long-term use experience.
Autonomy for all
We come to one of the points on which the new OPPO A9 2020 is based, its great autonomy thanks to its 5000 mAh battery . This comes together with a screen with HD ready resolution, a processor that stands out for its energy efficiency and software that knows how to manage the entire package.
If we mix everything in a cocktail shaker, the only thing we can get is a range that is tested even by the most demanding users. Allowing us to forget the plug throughout the day, without ever finding ourselves in a situation of uncertainty. Obtaining approximately 10 hours of screen, remember that it depends on the use of the device.
But, there’s always one, the small detail that we don’t understand about the new OPPO is the lack of fast charging. Especially when OPPO has one of the most spectacular fast charges on the market, here we have to pay a 10W charge, which will take us around 3 hours for a 100 percent charge.
This is compensated a bit thanks to the fact that we have a 50% charge after approximately 1 hour . Coupled with the presence of a differentiating element such as reverse charging , allowing us to charge other devices as if it were an external battery, we do need an OTG cable for this.
Stereo sound and high connectivity
The virtue is in the small details, both for the positive and for the negative and we have reached a section where the new OPPO A9 2020 stands out especially. First in the sound section, having a headphone jack , stereo sound and dolby atmos.
We repeat, stereo sound, something that may seem trivial but that makes a big difference when it comes to the truth . It must be said that for this it uses the earpiece, next to the main speaker, but the effect it seeks achieves it in a very abundant way. Taking the multimedia experience to another level compared to its rivals.
Another section where the new OPPO A9 2020 is more than up to now is in connectivity. Would we like WiFi 802.11 ac? We’ve got it. Do we need the 5.0 Bluetooth? We’ve got it. Would you like to have the versatility of USB Type C? We’ll find it, too. Are you one of those who use your phone to pay for it? Congratulations, you’ve got the NFC.
If we add the presence of the headphone jack to all of the above, we can not ask for more of the new OPPO A9 2020. Since it shows each and every box of what we can ask a smartphone for in full 2020. As a result, together with sound experience, it is positioned at a very high level compared to its rivals.
ColorOS 6, remnants of the past
We have previously mentioned that virtue is in the small details, this time in the negative along with the resolution of the screen, we found the software. Yes, ColorOS 6 offers a great experience in daily use , showing fluidity and customization details but…
In a smartphone like the OPPO A9 2020, designed for mid-range, pulling higher, at this time of year, it’s a bit inconceivable to find an Android 9 device. It shall at least have the security update of April 2020 as of the date of the analysis.
You ‘re going to get ColorOS 7 based on Android 10, we ‘re convinced, but it should be installed on the new OPPO. This does not affect the experience of using the device, but leaves a bittersweet taste. On the positive side, we can say that the smartphone is not wrong to come up with too many unnecessary applications.
And the few there are we can uninstall them without any problem, thus avoiding finding two applications for the same purpose, something that is appreciated. Regarding the response when interacting with the device, ColorOS 6 is a really smooth and fluid system that is pleasant to use.
We have characteristic elements of the OPPO software, such as the application lock , the children’s space or the safe . Added to this is the gaming space and the great utility of cloning the phone . The latter will allow us to transfer all the information from our old phone to the new one.
Software is one of the elements where a device can stand out from the others or be just one more. The presence of Android 9 places the new OPPO A9 2020 in an intermediate position, thanks to its great experience of use, leaving us uncertain about the response in terms of system updates. Only time will tell.
Along with autonomy, one of the bets of the new OPPO A9 2020 is the photographic section. This section is composed of four rear sensors , thus offering a wide range of possibilities for photography enthusiasts.
In the main sensor we find the more than already known 48-megapixel sensor , which thanks to pixel bining technology gives us 12-megapixel images. Along with said main sensor we have an 8 megapixel ultra wide angle sensor , with a viewing angle of 119 degrees.
Accompanying these two “main” sensors we find two 2-megapixel sensors , one dedicated to portrait photography and the other as a depth sensor . To be honest, the sensor from which we will squeeze the best performance is the main one.
Placing the wide-angle one step below or several depending on the lighting. Remaining the two 2-megapixel sensors as options to experiment, always without having too many expectations about the results we will obtain.
OPPO A9 2020 a mid-range with too many rivals
We started this analysis by mentioning that the mid-range was a farmyard with too many roosters. Having to face the new OPPO A9 2020 against rivals of realme, Motorola or Samsung . Each of them with their strengths and weaknesses, but putting all the meat on the grill in their respective bets.
After having been using and analyzing the new OPPO A9 2020, the feeling that it leaves us is that it could have been a round bet, to which they have left the odd edge without polishing . The screen resolution too conservative, the absence of fast charging and not yet having Android 10 mainly.
The other aspects of OPPO ‘s new bet are really at a high level, enormous autonomy, connectivity that encompasses everything you need today, and an impeccable sound section at all levels. Could they have gone to a newer processor? Yes, but the presence of SD665 does not tarnish the result at all.
In general, the new OPPO A9 2020 is a smartphone to consider , especially for its autonomy, connectivity and multimedia section. We will have to see the evolution in the software, but after seeing the great experience of use we can “forgive” that aspect.