Welcome to the Oppo A9 2020 Review post, here in this post you will find everything about the Oppo A9 2020 smartphone that you need to know.
Remember the Oppo A7 which released last year, it was well, not on par with the competition, in fact, it was one of the worst value for money smartphone of 2019. Now, they have released its successor, the Oppo A9 2020.
And it’s obvious that Oppo company wants their A series to succeed, so they have upped their game with this smartphone with better cameras and an upgrade in overall performance. But the competition within the mid-range segment is crazy.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Specifications:
- Display: 6.5-inch (1600 x 720 pixels) HD+ display
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- GPU: Adreno 610 GPU
- CPU: Octa-core (Quad 2GHz Kryo 260G + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260S)
- OS: Android 9.0 (Pie) with ColorOS 6.0.1
- Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
- SIM: Dual SIM + Dedicated SD Card Slot
- Rear Camera: Quad Cameras
– 48MP primary with 1/2.0″ Sony IMX586 sensor, 0.8μm pixel size, f/1.79 aperture
– 8MP wide-angle with 119° FOV
– 2MP macro lens
– 2MP depth sensor
- Front Camera: 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
- Fingerprint sensor: Yes, rear-mounted
- Battery: 5000mAh battery with fast charging
- Connectivity: 3.5 mm audio jack, FM Radio, Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS/ Beidou
- Price: Rs. 35,990
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Design
Now, I’ve been using Oppo A9 2020 as my everyday phone for the past couple of weeks and the one I’ve has a marine green glass back. Dark, glossy and filled with gradient colors. I guess that’s what best describes its look. You’ll be able to see different patterns of reflection on it depending upon your viewing angle. Overall, I’m quite pleased with its design given its glass back as it makes me look like I’m actually holding an expensive premium smartphone.
One minor complaint that I have though with it is that the glass finish attracts streak. You will feel a continual need to keep wiping the back as you’ll feel that the fingerprint marks on the back of your phone are quite common. However, the good thing is that you actually get a clear case along with the device itself. But if you still thiks of using the phone case-less, then all I can say is Good Luck!
You will find the quad-camera setup (48MP + 8MP + 2MP +2MP) at the backside of Oppo A9 2020, with 3 cameras aligned vertically above the fingerprint scanner and another one just beside the camera array along with the LED flash. Oppo A9 2020 has pretty standard button placement . Power button on the right side and the volume buttons on the left. There is a tray for dual nano-SIM and dedicated microSD card just above the volume buttons.
There is the 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen on OppoA9 2020 with a small water-drop notch on top. The notch also has a 16MP selfie camera. Call speaker is also located on top . However, there’s no LED light for notifications. It would have been great to keep track of battery charge status and notifications. The loudspeaker, a USB Type-C port, microphone, and a 3.mm headphone jack. All of it are placed at the bottom rim and the top rim is completely devoid of any.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Display
Let’s talk about the display, Oppo A9 2020 has a 6.5-inch HD+ IPS screen. The screen are protected by courtesy of the Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Oppo A9 2020’s screen is surrounded by thin bezel. Now it does gives the phone an amazing pleasing look however I did find the thick chin intrusive while watching YouTube videos in landscape mode.
Oppo A9 2020 offers 720p resolution that is one of the biggest drawbacks of this smartphone. I mean this smartphone costs more than 35K and the screen has a low resolution, simply it does not justify to its price. Don’t get me wrong, its display is fine as you’ll get good color and will be able to notice sharp enough details, however, the cost that you’ll be paying for this device is just too much. Mi A3 also had offered a 720p resolution. But at least it had an AMOLED panel. This phone in comparison does not even have an OLED panel. I think that 720p resolution should stay in the sub 20k smartphones.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Software and UI
Now for the UI, the Oppo A9 uses the Android 9 Pie with Color OS 6.0.1 on top. Although I am not a big fan of Color OS, as compared to Realme phones, I found the UI to be better from Icons to transition.
Also, with the Color OS, you’ll probably not feel any lags while using it. Switching between the apps is also no problem as everything is very smooth. I think the smoothness is further complemented by its RAM which is a huge 8GB.
I found the UI to be highly customizable too. you can choose whether you want an app drawer or not the screen layout and even customize the ways you want your navigation buttons to be arranged. Furthermore, you get features such as smart driving and smart assistant which despite being common in smartphones these days might come in handy.
Now, the device does come pre-installed with many apps, however, you can easily uninstall them if you want.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Performance
During the presentation of this phone, they had showcased it as a smartphone in which you can easily play games without any issues. Now, the 8 GB RAM does complement that statement and you can easily play games such as mobile legends, PUBG Mobile, and Call of duty on this phone and that too with the minimum frame rate. However, I do not think you’re getting the very best with this. Luckily, it is powered by the Snapdragon 665 SoC. Not that it is not a good chipset, but again it does not quite match the price range of the device. They could’ve easily opted for the Snapdragon 675 SoC which guarantees better performance. But no, here too they have compromised.
Then again there’s the prolonged issue of the display too. while playing PUBG you cannot go above the balanced graphics settings with minimum frame rates on this phone. But the gameplay is indeed smooth even while playing in the maximum supported setting of games that the phone supports. So, if you’re okay playing games in the lowest possible settings then, I’ve got nothing to say. However, sound quality is the one of plus point. Thanks to the Dolby Atmos support, the device produces clear and loud enough sound which has a good depth to it. But then again, you’ll find that its bass support is not that great. Good thing that they’ve included a headphone jack.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Camera
Another aspect that the company has heavily focused on this smartphone is its camera. Rear quad-cam with 48MP primary sensor. Front camera with improved AI algorithms, new night mode, and whatnot. On the rear, the device has a quad-camera setup. It comprises of a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP monochrome lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. And honestly speaking, shooting photos from the rear camera is a hit or miss situation. Now, to capturing perfect photos each time is a tedious task with the A9 2020’s camera. For the best result you need to shoot under good lightings and maintain focus. Your perfectly captured photos will showcase accurate colors and you’ll see that it is pretty sharp too.
Images captured in low light are not so great with its camera. Usually, I could see that my photos came out grainy. Nevertheless, when you are taking night times photos you can enable night mode in Oppo A9 2020. As aspected, you’ll be able to see a significant difference in quality between your normal low-light photo and those captured using the Night Mode. I think that the night mode is a single good thing about its rear camera. I was not impressed by the portrait images either. Oppo has included multiple filter options for portrait mode too. Seven to be exact! But what’s the use of all this filter if the portrait camera does not do what it’s supposed to.
Moving on to the front camera, Oppo A9 2020 has a 16MP selfie shooter placed at the notch upfront. The photos come out great as you can observe good details and pretty good color in your selfie picture. It does have a lot of AI work going in the background and your selfies might not necessarily give a natural look but the quality is good enough to be uploaded on Facebook or Instagram.
In more than one instance, I was actually using the front camera more than its quad-rear camera. It’s much better at producing sharp images and you’ll find that the pictures pack sufficient details. As far as video recording is concerned, the device is capable to capture 4K videos. Now, a good thing while recording the videos is that you can switch from normal to the ultrawide frame in a single video. Furthermore, there’s the added Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS). This comes in handy while capturing videos while moving. However, it too has a sort of a drawback as there’s a lack of focus.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Battery and security
The part in which Oppo has not made any compromises with Oppo A9 2020 is probably its battery. Battery has a huge capacity of 5000mAh. With a full charge, this smartphone would should easily give you a day and a half battery life. Depending upon the usage that is! It is obvious why its battery life is so huge.
In terms of security, Oppo A9 2020 pretty much has the standard pass-code and bio-metrics. The bio-metrics, actually, were quite impressive and admirable. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and the face unlock are pretty rapid. However, I found the fingerprint to be much faster than the face-unlock.
Another safety feature that’s available on Oppo A9 2020 is the Privacy Pass-code. It is used for app encryption and can further be bound by a security email or your Oppo ID. The manufacturer’s claim that its encryption happens on the chip level and is secure from brute-force attacks. Your phone might not be so personal. I mean a friend, family member or an associate might just have access to your device once in a while. You can enable app encryption, choose to have an app icon hidden (if required can be accessed from the dialer) or have a private safe within your device. Now that’s safe, isn’t it?
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Verdict
Considering the price range, Oppo A9 2020 should have offered more. I am trying to say is that its competitions are Redmi Note 8 Pro, Realme XT, and Vivo S1, which is near about the identical price range provides more in terms of display and camera. What I really add on to it is that this A series from Oppo has seriously failed to impress. And what’s strange is Oppo is launching K-series and Reno-Series smartphones in China and they are in fact worth the money. Better resolution and a much powerful processor.
So, to sum it up, even though the Oppo A9 2020 boasts some of the best specs out there, the actual performance does not match and its price is just too much as you can get better phones in the same price range. Thus, if it were up to me, I would probably go for a Redmi K20 or Galaxy M30s instead of the Oppo A9 2020.
Oppo A9 2020 Review: Oppo A9 2020 Pros and Cons
- Great battery life
- Good cameras
- Good stereo speakers
- Pricey for the specs
- No fast charging
- HD+ display
The Price of Oppo A9 2020 in Nepal (Updated Oppo A9 2020 Price in Nepal) ?
The authorized seller of Oppo phone for Nepal has set the price of Oppo A9 2020 is Nrs 35,990 in Nepal– and its price may slightly vary.
Where to buy Oppo A9 2020 in Nepal? (Online/Offline Oppo A9 2020 Purchasing Guide)
There are plenty of offline stores to buy Oppo A9 2020 in Nepal. You can find this phone all over Nepal. If you prefer to buy this Oppo A9 2020 online in Nepal, there are so many online shopping in Nepal. You can choose either daraz or sastodeals, choicemandu or many others.