OPPO A9 2020 review: many cameras and two days without recharging

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The OPPO A9 2020 looks like a win-win: a 5000 mAh battery, a large display, a good Snapdragon 665 processor and as many as four cameras … What else is needed for success in the middle class? We check the gadget in action: is it as good as it seems?

OPPO A9 2020

Large IPS display

The screen of the OPPO A9 2020 corresponds to the trends: its diagonal is 6.5 inches. IPS matrix, and this will please people with sensitive vision who can not tolerate AMOLED backlight flickering poorly. But the resolution of the display is only HD +. The pixel density is 270 ppi. Because of this, the first time the impression is mixed: a lot of information is placed on the big screen, viewing angles are good, but pixelation is noticeable. You gradually get used to it, but the clarity is still not enough.

In the display settings, you can set the color mode by choosing colder or warmer shades. There is also a blue light filter that can be used on a schedule. Another feature is Sunlight technology, which dynamically changes the contrast of the screen. Gray winter Moscow does not allow to fully reveal its advantages, but in the summer under the sun this function will be useful.

OPPO A9 2020

Long lives, long charges

One of the main trump cards of OPPO A9 2020 is a 5000 mAh battery. Expectations came true: the smartphone is able to work for two days without connecting to an outlet. At the same time, you do not need to switch to the “dialer mode”. The device allows you to actively chat in instant messengers and social networks, check news feeds, and also listen to music – after the first day of use, at least 50% of the charge will remain before bedtime.

An hour of continuous play in World of Tanks takes about 15% of the charge. Interestingly, in the video playback test at medium screen brightness, the OPPO A9 2020 lasted about 17 hours. This is a good indicator, but with such a battery you expect more. Most likely, the reason lies in the IPS display. In everyday work, the device is perceived as a true long-liver.

OPPO A9 2020

OPPO A9 2020 was not equipped with quick charging, so it takes about 4 hours to fully recharge the battery. However, in the first half hour it was possible to replenish the battery from 0 to 23%, and this is enough for a long time.

The gadget received the function of reverse charging by wire. To use it, you need an OTG cable. If you connect another smartphone or headphones with USB charging, OPPO will start charging them – a convenient feature for music lovers or owners of two mobile devices. However, ideally, I would like to see the OTG adapter in the kit, and not buy it separately.

OPPO A9 2020

Many cameras for different scenes

Quadcameras are gaining popularity, and there are four lenses on the back cover of this model. The main module received an aperture of f / 1.8 and a resolution of 48 megapixels, but to activate shooting in this resolution you need to go deep into the settings. By default, the size of the pictures is 12 megapixels. The second lens is super wide-angle, its resolution is 8 megapixels, and the viewing angle is 119 degrees. Two 2-megapixel cameras immediately add portrait effects – a non-standard option, a separate module for zoom would have looked more appropriate.

In the afternoon, the OPPO A9 2020 takes high-quality images with good detail and high sharpness. A wide-angle lens with autofocus support also does a good job. The overall quality of the pictures falls under artificial lighting, blurry and digital noise are noticeable. But in the dark, the advanced night mode of the camera helps out. The shooting takes as long as 7 seconds, so that the photos sharply increase the clarity and dynamic range. The front camera with a resolution of 16 megapixels and an aperture of f / 2.0 shows itself well, self-portraits are detailed.

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If there is enough light, the smartphone does its job. Here the picture is a bit noisy, but the details are worked out.
Portrait mode correctly determines the contours of objects in the foreground, blurring is correct
Blur can be applied not only to portraits: the effect of an open aperture works well on a cup of coffee, no errors
Example photo on the main camera in daylight
The same angle, shot using double digital zoom
The wide-angle camera allowed to capture several buildings at once
Shot at wide angle. Despite the proximity to the house, all its 12 floors fit into the frame
So this angle looks when shooting with the main lens
The main camera boasts the ability to focus on close objects. This is noticeable when looking at coffee foam: the automation has found a focal point even close to the cup
Another example of macro photography on the main camera. The quality is high, the lettering is unmistakable
The saturated color mode is activated. Shades are noticeably more juicy than they actually are. Focus and detail fine
Automation often activates HDR, this allows you to stretch the shadows. The clarity is good: the inscriptions are easy to read, the details of the building are distinguishable
The camera has a decent focus, the automation quickly fixes the target
An example of a selfie on the front camera OPPO A9 2020. Lord Vader appreciated the self-portrait
Night shots in auto mode lack clarity
The “Night” mode is activated. The frame was cropped, but the light sources and small details worked out much better. Is that a bit too much noise
Filmed in automatic mode
The night function allows you to see more details. It is also worth paying attention to the cinema signboard, here it looks much better

The gadget records video in a maximum resolution of 4K with a frequency of 30 frames per second. Focus jumps happen. It’s better to shoot in Full HD, then the digital stabilizer is activated.

Convenient to use

A nice feature of the OPPO A9 2020 is its separate tray for two SIM cards and microSD. You can use tariff plans from different operators and expand the memory of your smartphone.

The case of the device easily collects fingerprints, but removing them is not difficult. The volume and lock keys were spread across different faces, and did not begin to install on one – a logical solution. There is no notification indicator, and many users will be saddened by this fact. The fingerprint sensor is located directly under the camera block, there were no complaints about its operation.

OPPO A9 2020

Music lovers will be happy to find a 3.5 mm audio jack in the usual place. The presence of stereo speakers is another plus of the model. Watching videos on YouTube or playing conveniently: the sound does not disappear if you accidentally block one of the speakers with your hand. The sound quality of external speakers is at a good level, with a sufficient volume margin.

Pleased with the presence of Dolby Atmos. You can select one of the predefined sound effects or provide your smartphone with automatic adjustment. In terms of the quality of music playback in headphones, the OPPO A9 2020 resembles the Reno2 model, although the audio of the Nine is slightly flatter.

OPPO A9 2020

Shell and performance

The smartphone runs on Android 9, a proprietary ColorOS 6.0.1 launcher is installed on top. The shell is convenient: there are wide possibilities of customization, and a built-in assistant with widgets, and useful functions like parental control. There is a special game mode that increases productivity during battles. It’s nice to use the interface: the icons in the curtain are large, the animations are smooth.

OPPO A9 2020

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset in combination with 4 GB of memory and Adreno 610 graphics provides the smartphone with the performance typical of the middle class. You can play World of Tanks at high settings with stable 60 fps. More demanding graphics games like The Elder Scrolls: Blades are given to the device noticeably harder. Gamers should put the system into “productive” mode and use the game assistant. For everyday tasks, the power and speed of the OPPO A9 2020 is more than enough: the gadget works smoothly, but efficiently.

Specifications

DISPLAY
6.5“, IPS, 1600×720, 20: 9
CHIPSET
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 CPU
GPU Adreno 610
RAM
AND STORAGE
4 GB
128 GB
BATTERY
5000 mAh
CAMERAS
main – 48 megapixels (f / 1.8) + 8 megapixels (f / 2.25) + 2 megapixels (f / 2.4) + 2 megapixels (f / 2.4); frontal – 16 megapixels (f / 2.0)
FEATURES
5000 mAh battery, 3.5 mm audio output, NFC, separate slot for two SIM cards and a memory card, ColorOS 6.0.1

Test results

ANTUTU
174,993
GEEKBENCH 5
309 single-core
1397 multi-core
AUTONOMY
up to 17 hours of video playback
OPPO A9 2020

Summary

If you need a practical and “long-playing” smartphone, OPPO A9 2020 is an interesting option. The developers did not forget about such convenient things as the NFC module and a separate slot for a memory card. A 5000 mAh battery lasts a long time, so you don’t have to worry about the lack of fast charging. There are also disadvantages: with such a diagonal, the display lacks clarity, it also upsets that there is no notification indicator. Otherwise, OPPO A9 2020 seems to be created according to the recipe for the optimal smartphone: everything you need is in place and works well.

Since February 4, the cost of OPPO A9 2020 has been permanently reduced from 19,990 to 17,990 rubles.

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