After weeks and weeks of teasing it on their Facebook page, plus numerous speculations, OPPO has finally lifted the curtain on its newest mid-range offering – The OPPO F9.

f9 red 3There are three noticeable changes to the F9 – dual rear cameras, its color options, which now feature gradients with a diamond pattern, and a re-designed notch that resembles a water drop, which leaves a smaller footprint, and gives you a bit more screen.

The display is a 6.3-inch TFT-LTPS panel with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, or FHD+, very common for phones at this price range. Under the hood is the same Helio P60 chip that powers the F7. Of course, that means you also get the same AI features, that span across many aspects of the phone, from performance, to optics, down to the battery. There’s 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card.


f9 red 2At the back of the F9 is a 16MP main sensor, augmented with a secondary 2MP depth sensor, for adding a bokeh effect to your shots. Thanks to the SoC, it also comes with AI-assisted scene detection, which basically optimizes the camera setting for your subject.  Up front is a 25MP shooter, equipped with OPPO’s AI Beauty Technology 2.0.

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Photo: OPPO

Perhaps, the most game changing feature of the F9, is its VOOC Flash Charge Technology – something that’s not usually found on devices at this segment. It basically gives you 2 hours of talk time with just 5-minutes worth of charge, which is insane. The phone runs on ColorOS 5.2, which gives you features such as Face Unlock, Game Acceleration, and more.

ProcessorMediaTek Helio P60 (Octa-Core)
Storage64GB (Expandable)
Display6.3-inch FHD+ 19.5:9
Rear Camera16MP (f/1.8) + 2MP (f/2.4)
Front Camera25MP (f/2.0)
OSAndroid 8.1 + ColorOS 5.2
Other FeaturesVOOC Flash Charge
AI Beauty Technology 2.0
AI Scene Detection
AI Battery Management
ColorsSunrise Red, Twilight Blue, Starry Purple, Jade Green
Pricing and Availability

The OPPO F9 will initially be available in Sunrise Red and Twilight Blue, and will retail for PhP17,990. Pre-order from August 24 to 30, and get up to PhP3,490 worth of freebies. Customers may also avail of a unit via Smart’s GigaX Plan 1299, and Home Credit’s 9-month installment plan at 0% interest.

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.