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OPPO unveils A9 2020: a stellar smartphone set to lead the mid-range segment

A fast-performing quad camera smartphone with a large battery and a humongous display – that’s what you get with the newly-launched OPPO A9 2020 and A5 2020. These exquisitely designed smartphones are ready to disrupt the market with their advanced offerings. It’s the A9 2020 that we’ll be focusing on today, so for a detailed overview of what it brings to the table, and what gives it the potential to become the next smartphone blockbuster from OPPO, read on.

Advanced quad camera setup

Sitting on the rear surface of this handset is the quad camera setup. The main shooter is a 48MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture. It’s accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, while the remaining setup includes a 2MP portrait lens and a 2MP mono lens. All these snappers combine their powers to deliver a diverse photography experience.

The 48MP main camera delivers crisp and detailed images, even in low lighting conditions, thanks to its f/1.8 aperture lens. The 8MP ultra wide-angle camera onboard the OPPO A9 2020 opens up newer avenues for photography buffs to explore. The large field of view it offers ensures that you can capture professional-grade wide-angle shots on your phone. The combination of the two 2MP cameras on this device not only allows you to add portrait effects to your photographs, but also comes equipped with 7 filters to provide an artistic portrait experience.

But if the light in the surroundings is extremely low, you can take advantage of the phone’s Ultra Night Mode 2.0, which ensures efficient noise reduction, and uses HDR and multi-frame technology to provide excellent night photography results. The main camera is capable of capturing 4K videos, and provides a range of video filters as well. Plus, the addition of EIS (electronic image stabilization) ensures that you get smooth, blur-free videos on the go.

And then there’s the 16MP selfie camera, which not only captures high-resolution selfies, but also delivers OPPO’s AI Beautification features that identifies your skin tone, age, gender and skin colour, to render tailor-made selfies.

Immaculate design and full-screen display

The OPPO A9 2020 is one gorgeous phone to look at. Its rear surface is highlighted by a 3D gradient design that grants it a vibrant, eye-catching appearance. The company uses four curved 3D sheets to create this material, which makes the phone look thinner and fit well in the hand. It comes in two gorgeous colours  – Space Purple and Marine Green.

Apart from the quad camera setup, the rear surface also features a fingerprint scanner, while the bottom surface houses a USB Type-C port and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Coming to the front surface, it’s covered with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3+, underneath which sits a 6.5-inch Nano Waterdrop Screen which has been reduced by 31.4% compared to its predecessors and comes with HD+ resolution.This display covers almost the entirety of the front surface, resulting in high levels of immersion while consuming content. This gives the A9 2020 a screen-to-body ratio of 89 percent, which contributes to its attractive looks. The display also comes with a Blue Shield filter, which filters out harmful blue rays from the screen, ensuring a safe and comfortable experience for your eyes. The device is also equipped with Sunlight Screen to provide vibrant images even in daylight.

Fast performance guaranteed

The OPPO A9 2020 ships with a Snapdragon 665 chipset at its heart. This advanced SoC from Qualcomm comes equipped with eight cores clocked at 2GHz, along with an Adreno 610 GPU. All the heavy tasks and high-end games you throw at this hardware will be handled with ease. Up to 8GB worth of RAM is also offered by the handset, along with 128GB of storage. What’s more, the phone is equipped with dual SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot, which supports expansion up to 256GB. Dolby Atmos sound effects are also present, to add enhanced audio while gaming or watching videos.

Those who play a lot of games on their phones will be pleased with the Game Boost 2.0 feature present in its ColorOS 6.0.1 software. This technology’s two main components are Frame Boost and Touch Boost. While the former provides real-time monitoring of the phone’s operations, the latter improves the sensitivity of the touchscreen to give you an edge while gaming. ColorOS 6.0.1 also offers a range of other features, such as Smart Assistant, Riding Mode, Music Party and Gesture Navigation.

Ultra-long battery life

With a 5,000mAh battery hiding beneath its sleek frame, the OPPO A9 2020 is capable of offering up to 20 hours of continuous operation. And if you have battery to spare, its reverse charging functionality can be put to use to charge other devices using an OTG cable.

Bottom-line

The OPPO A9 2020 impresses a great deal with its advanced features. It’s a gorgeous looking handset that’s made even more desirable by its advanced internal hardware. But its biggest highlight still remains its quad rear camera setup that opens up diverse photography scenarios.

All these features along with a 5,000mAh battery make this phone an irresistible offering, especially for the price tag. We give the device 9 on 10 for being a feature-packed device in its price segment

OPPO A5 2020

The A9 2020 isn’t the only action-packed smartphone OPPO is offering. The A5 2020 brings nearly all the specs of the A9 2020 in a more affordable package. You get the same 6.5-inch Nano Waterdrop screen, Snapdragon 665 chipset, ColorOS 6.0.1 and 5,000mAh battery. The quad camera setup has the main camera replaced by a 12MP unit. The front camera on this phone is an 8MP shooter. The variants on offer are slightly different as well, with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.

Pricing, availability and offers

The OPPO A9 2020 has been available online at Amazon from September 16th, while its offline sales will commence on September 19th. The variant with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will cost Rs 16,990, while the one with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will be made available at Rs 19,990. As for the A5 2020, the phone is priced at Rs 13,990 for the 4GB + 64GB variant. It will go on sale via Amazon and offline stores starting September 21st.

On Amazon, exchanging an old device will grant you a discount of up to Rs 2,000, while exchanging an old OPPO phone will increase that discount to Rs 2,500. No cost EMIs of 3 and 6 months will also be available, apart from 5 percent instant discounts on HDFC credit and debit cards when purchased on an EMI basis.

For offline sales, the A9 2020 will be available with zero down payment EMI options on Bajaj Finserv or with 5 percent cashback on HDFC debit and credit cards. Jio customers can grab benefits worth Rs 7,050 and up to 3.1TB of 4G data on their Rs 299 plan, whereas Vodafone Idea customers will get Rs 3,750 cashback and 250GB additional data with a recharge of Rs 255. As for Airtel customers, they will get double data and unlimited calling with a recharge of Rs 249.

For the A5 2020, buyers will be entitled to exchange offers of Rs 1,500, upgrade offers from any OPPO smartphone of Rs 2,000, no-cost EMIs for 3 and 6 months, and 5 percent instant discount on HDFC Credit/Debit card EMI payments.

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