Fresh off sponsoring BBNaija season 4 and gaining much-needed publicity for the brand and its F11 Pro since entering the Nigerian smartphone market, Oppo released the A Series 2020 in Nigeria. OPPO A9 2020 and A5 2020 were the two devices launched.
The A9 2020 features a 6.5” HD waterdrop notch display. It runs on Android 9.0 based on Oppo’s Color OS 6 and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset. Let’s take a look at its key specifications below:
Oppo A9 2020 Key Specifications
- 6.52” HD screen 720 x 1600 pixels
- Android 9 Pie, based on Color OS 6
- 4G LTE Connectivity
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
- 128GB built-in storage with 8GB RAM
- 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP Quad rear camera
- 16MP selfie camera
- 5,000mAh non-removable Battery
- Face Unlock, USB Type-C fast charge
Oppo A9 2020 Unboxing
Oppo’s theme colours are white and green so it’s not surprising seeing the A9 2020 come in similar package. The device comes in a rectangular white box. At the front of the box is a picture of the smartphone (marine green colour) and the name written beneath it.
Turning to the back, you see its key specifications and looking down, you see an inscription which reads: “This product is only for sale and use in Nigeria. Our design and use of this product shall strictly comply with the relevant Nigeria laws and regulations.”. I don’t know why, but that caught my attention.
When the box is opened, you see smartphone covered in a black wrapping sheet with the key specifications written on it. You also see a rectangular white tiny box which houses the pouch, manuals and the SIM ejector.
- 1 Protective Pouch
- 1 Power Adapter
- 1 Type-C USB Cable
- 1 Earphone
- 2 User Manuals
- 1 Ejector PIN
We got the Marine Green sample. The smart is very attractive with the gradient colour and feels sturdy when held.
At the back is the quad rear camera setup and the Dual-LED flash. The fingerprint sensor is beneath the rear camera.
The right side has the power button, while the left side has the volume rockers. It uses the dual nano-SIM and there is still a space for microSD card, the slot for this is above the Volume Up button.
Beneath the smartphone is the 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port and the speaker grills.
Oppo A9 2020 Review
Software and Performance
The device runs on Android 9 based on Oppo’s custom ColorOS. It has a very neat UI which by default shows app icons on the main screen. Going to Settings > Home Screen & Lock Screen Magazine, gives you the option to choose Drawer Mode which most Android users are familiar with.
Swiping down from the top of the smartphone’s screen gives you the option to control its brightness and see other control shortcuts.
In terms of performance, it is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset which was released this year, on top of that is its 8GB memory size. We ran its Geekbench result to see how powerful its CPU is and how it compares to other flagships from top OEMs. Its score was impressive but it still falls short devices like the OnePlus 7 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
I didn’t experience any lag while using the Oppo A9 2020, I also ran the powerful and graphics-intensive NBA 2K20 game smoothly.
It has dedicated Game Space feature in the settings where you can add installed games so the smartphone maximizes it for optimum performance.
There are useful features like App Cloner which allows two same apps to be run simultaneously, for instance, you can run two WhatsApp accounts with different numbers since it uses two SIM cards. There is also Dolby Atmos which greatly enhances the audio of the smartphone when playing songs or watching movies.
The 5,000mAh battery is strong enough and charges fast with the USB Type-C cable. If you are the heavy user who browses a lot with heavy apps and enjoys watching movies for hours, you should get close to 12 hours of up-time.
The camera is one place this powerful mid-range device is lagging behind. The shots were average to some extent in terms of details and the pictures look a little bit dull. It has a Night Mode, Portrait Mode for pictures, there is also Slow-Mo feature when shooting videos.
Let’s see sample shots below. Portrait mode on the device.
Normal camera shots
Verdict – Pros and Cons
Oppo A9 2020 delivers a lot for a mid-range device, it is eye-catching, fast, powerful and has good battery life. For N89,900 that’s as good as any bargain you can get anywhere. The picture quality is average; If you are not all that big on camera, you should definitely get this device.