Preorders for the OPPO A9 2020, which is set to launch alongside the OPPO A5 2020, have started in the Philippines. Customers who pre-purchase the phone will receive a Bluetooth headset worth P2,099 (around $40) when it releases in Marine Green and Space Purple colors on September 28.
(Update, September 28: Should you buy this phone? Read OPPO A9 2020 review: A strong midrange contender.)
The manufacturer’s latest midrange handset brings with it some premium features, including a 48-megapixel main sensor, a quad-lens setup, and a 20:9 screen for a cinematic viewing experience. The OPPO A9 2020 also runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset with 8GB RAM on a 5,000mAh battery rated for days of usage.
Arguably, of course, the brightest highlight here is the phone’s four rear-facing cameras with a standard focal-length lens, a wide-angle lens, and two lenses for “artistic portrait effects.”
On the software side, there’s OPPO’s Ultra Night Mode 2.0 , which promises to deliver brighter results at night or in low light. The A9 2020 even shoots slo-mo and 4K video at 30 frames per second, for those serious about creating content and sharing it online.
On paper, OPPO’s latest A series entry seems to be a fantastic camera phone. But what about in the real world? To answer that, we took our A9 2020 unit out for a walk around the city, snapped several pictures, and picked the best ones of the lot. Take a look at our images below.
It is worth mentioning that our unit is running a pre-production software, so what you see here might not be representative of the consumer release. There should be some more fine-tuning in the final version that hits retail.
The last set has ‘ 2x zoom’ and ‘5x zoom’ versions
Enable Night mode for better, brighter pictures
And did you know that you can use Night mode when taking ultra-wide photos with the OPPO A9 2020? That’s rare for now
Getting closer to your subject automatically enables Macro mode
Portraits this time: Portrait mode vs Auto mode
2 sets of selfies: Portrait mode vs Auto mode
Overall, we’re pleased with the photos we’ve gotten. The A9 2020 produces some crisp and detailed images in good lighting. It’s acceptable in low light, too, and OPPO’s dedicated night mode does light up a scene to make a difference, although it can be inconsistent at times — and it’s difficult to judge that. But when it works as intended, the results can be quite impressive.
Portrait shots look particularly great, so it seems the decision to place two portrait lenses on the back instead of one has paid off. The edge detection is on point and manages to separate the subject from the background really well, and the blur is natural-looking.
If the rest of the package is solid as well — and the price is reasonable — the OPPO A9 2020 should give us something to look forward to and give the competition a new release to worry about.
OPPO A9 2020 specs
- 6.5-inch HD+waterdrop display, 1,600 x 720 resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio
- Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 128GB expandable storage
- Quad: 48MP, f/1.8 main camera; 8MP, f/2.25 ultra-wide-angle camera; 2MP, f/2.4 portrait camera; 2MP, f/2.4 portrait camera
- 16-megapixel, f/2.0 front camera
- 4K at 30fps video recording
- Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted)
- 5,000mAh battery with 10-watt fast wired charging
- ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie
- Colors: Marine Green and Space Purple
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