OPPO continues to be a household name in Kenya, enjoying just as much brand recognition as the likes of Samsung and Infinix/Tecno. The company is seeking to ride on this by releasing two new mid-range smartphones, the OPPO A9 2020 and the OPPO A5 2020. In a market with stiff competition from Samsung, Nokia, Infinix, Huawei and virtually everyone else in the market, how do these two phones stack up?
OPPO A9 2020
The OPPO A9 2020 comes with a premium design that features a 3D gradient back we have seen from Xiaomi and Samsung, with an attractive glass finish.
The quad-camera setup sits vertically alongside the LED flash. There’s also a quick fingerprint sensor and the OPPO logo placed vertically. You get a dual-sim slot that also hosts an external microSD card(up to 256GB). You get a headphone jack and Type-C charging port that also supports fast charging.
|Card slot||microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)|
|Internal||128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, UFS2.1|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
|Status||Coming soon. Exp. release 2019, September 16|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS|
|USB||microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go|
|Loudspeaker||Yes, with stereo speakers|
Dolby Atmos sound
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6.1|
|Chipset||Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)|
|CPU||Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)|
|Quad||48 MP, f/1.8, (wide), 1/2.3, 0.8µm, PDAF|
8 MP, f/2.3, 13mm (ultrawide), 1/4, 1.12µm, AF
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5, 1.75µm
2 MP, f/2.4, 1/5, 1.75µm, depth sensor
|Features||Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR|
|Video||2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps, gyro-EIS|
|Non-removable Li-Po 5000 mAh battery|
|Technology||GSM / HSPA / LTE|
|2G bands||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G bands||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100|
|4G bands||LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)|
|Colors||Marine Green, Space Purple|
|Single||16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1, 1.0µm|
|Dimensions||163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm (6.44 x 2.98 x 0.36 in)|
|Weight||195 g (6.88 oz)|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)|
|Type||IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors|
|Size||6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~82.5% screen-to-body ratio)|
|Resolution||720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)|
The highlight of this device is a screen resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density) with a type of IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors.
Oppo A9 (2020) spots an Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver) on a chipset of Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm). It comes with 128GB of storage and 4GB RAM, 128GB storage and 8GB RAM, UFS2.1 of Internal Storage and battery of 5000mAh battery.
Rather solid specs but with glaring compromises. First, the 720p display. I don’t understand why manufacturers insist on this in 2019. I mean we saw the Samsung Galaxy A20 and the Xiaomi Mi A3, but even those were AMOLED.
OPPO A9 2020 will retail from Ksh 29,999 and frankly, that is a hard price to justify in 2019.
OPPO A5 2020
The smaller of the two is the OPPO A5 2020. This device runs on the Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. It is powered by Octa-core (2 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 260 + 1.8 GHz, Quad-core, Kryo 260) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 Chipset and has 3 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage.
The screen has a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels and 270 ppi pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a screen-to-body ratio of 82.47 %. On the camera front, the device spots an 8 MP Front Camera and on the rear, there’s a 12+8+2+2 MP camera setup.
On the 25th of October, they’ll be an OPPO sale in all their retail shops. The OPPO A5 2020 won’t be available immediately as it will start selling from early November.
Players like Samsung, Huawei and more recently, Xiaomi, aren’t messing around in the sub Ksh 30,000 pricepoint. I can already think of 5 viable alternatives, some with much better IPS panels. It will be interesting to see how these devices fair in the market.