Oppo F9 with a small notch teased by the company

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Oppo’s Malaysian social media team has tweeted a teaser image of the upcoming Oppo F9. The company proudly boasts their “selfie phones”. Their F series of smartphones is renowned for having great front shooters. The F5 had a 20 MP front camera while the F7 had a 25 MP camera, a notch up from its predecessor.

Oppo’s Malaysian office’s tweet shows a waterfall with a cutout in between, which probably signifies the small notch in the upcoming F9. According to Oppo’s representatives, the phone will have a “Waterdrop” screen design with a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. This puts it a mere 2% below its current flagship, the Find X. The Find X was launched in Pakistan a week back and has the highest screen-to-body ratio ever seen in a phone, a mind-boggling 93.8%!

The phone is expected to launch with a smaller notch than its predecessor, the F7. The F9’s notch is expected to house the front camera exclusively, similar to the Essential phone. The notch is evidently being reduced in size nonetheless, as can be seen in the sketch of the phone’s design along with the cheeky cutout made from the waterfall itself.

The post doesn’t reveal details of the phone or its specifications but considering the company’s track record, here is what I think the Oppo F9 will feature:

  1. A MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, the same chip used in the F7
  2. 4 GB RAM along with 64/128 GB storage options
  3. A 6.3-inch IPS LCD having a resolution of at least 1080×2260 pixels
  4. ColorOS 8.0 running on Android Oreo

Oppo is slowly becoming a major player in the global smartphone industry. Well, at least in the subcontinent if not globally. It has gained a significant customer base here in Pakistan thanks to its lineup of selfie phones which resonate with the interests of local millennials extensively.

The Oppo F9 is expected to launch in Malaysia in August and is likely to lie in the same price bracket as the F7, i.e. around Rs.40,000. The phone is going to be launched in India soon afterwards. A number of variants are expected, considering Oppo’s trend of catering to different segments with varying specifications in the same phone.



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