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OPPO F9 Hands On and First Impressions


It is quite strange that OPPO has released the OPPO F9 five months after they released the OPPO F7. It seems too fast, right? We ll worry not, you can get the F7 for a lower price now, replacing the F9 on its old price tag. But why so fast?

We think OPPO would want to make a compromise for people who hates the notch and adding their best feature on a smartphone, VOOC fast charging tech. Let’s dig deeper, unbox this thing and check out what has changed.

OPPO F9 specs

  • 6.3-inch LTPS IPS display (1080 x 2340 pixels), 19.5:9 ratio
  • Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60
  • Mali-G72 MP3
  • Android 8.1 (Oreo) w/ ColorOS 5.2
  • 64GB ROM up to 256GB via dedicated slot
  • 6GB RAM
  • 16MP (f/1.8) PDAF + 2MP (f/2.4) depth sensor w/ LED flash
  • 25MP (f/2.0) w/ A.I. Beauty Recognition Technology
  • 4G/VoLTE, Dual SIM
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Fingerprint (rear-mounted)
  • accelerometer, light, gyro, proximity, compass
  • USB On-The-Go support
  • 3500 mAh battery w/ VOOC Flash Charge

As of this writing, the OPPO F9 will be available for pre-order from August 24 to 29 at OPPO stores. priced at P17,990


Here are some of the items inside the box

  • OPPO F9 unit
  • VOOC capable wall adapter
  • Earphones
  • USB 2.0 cable
  • Jelly case
  • SIM Card ejector tool


In terms of hardware, a lot has changed. Let’s start with the screen. Yes, it does have  a notch still but it is very small and similar to the Essential Phone. OPPO calls it “ waterdrop display”. Personally we like it more than the usual notch. Many will argue with its design but  based on the people we know who saw the phone, they kinda like it more than the notch of the F7.

Look at those diamond patterns!

Next is the back, the cameras are positioned horizonatally, veering away from that iPhone X design and  the company incorporated that diamond pattern design found on the OPPO F7 Youth. We do like the design touch as it makes the phone more elegant. Oh, we also loving this Twilight Blue too.

Overall, we are loving the design. It is surprisingly light too despite that fact that OPPO is now using a glass  panel at the back and front .


The OPPO F9 is the first phone to sport ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo There are noticeable changes in the UI such as new icons and slightly revamped menu. There are swipe gestures too if you don’t like those three virtual buttons at the screen. Its turned off be default but you can use them if you prefer that.

Overall performance is almost the same as the older F7 as the OPPO F9 is also powered by Mediatek’s Helio P60 chipset. We do love the performance of the F7 and we are excited to put the F9 to the test.


We already took some photos of the OPPO F7 which all in auto settings. Here take a look and be the judge.


We only had the OPPO F9 for 24 hours and we are loving everything about it. The notch is not annoying, the back is a looker, gorgeous display and great cameras for the price range.

If you are using the OPPO F7 and thinking to upgrade, we guess there is no need. Both phones are basically the same actually. But if you are using an older OPPO or Vivo phone (OPPO F5, F3, Vivo V5s, V7, etc), well it is time to upgrade

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