OPPO F9 PRO REVIEW
Oppo, of late, has been pushing the boundaries of smartphone design, and that trend isn’t stopping with the F9 Pro. It was just a few weeks ago that we saw the truly bezel-less Find X smartphone arrive. With its 93.8 percent screen-to-body ratio and its pop-out camera module, it was an exciting new design that suddenly made every other flagship smartphone just feel old. At a time when there’s no escaping the notch, the Find X was a breath of fresh air. The Oppo F9 Pro, while it doesn’t have that fun little pop-up camera, does at least push the boundaries of design with yet another exciting new glass back and an unusual “waterdrop notch”. Right off the bat, you notice its exquisite screen with minimal bezels, thanks to that notch, and the blue-black shimmering rear with its diamond pattern. That back is breathtaking to look at from any angle.
Build and Design: 8.5/
like the Oppo Find X before it, the Oppo F9 Pro has a commendable screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 percent (the iPhone X’s ratio stands at a paltry 82 percent). The F9 Pro does have a notch, which the Find X didn’t have. However, the notch is so tiny that it barely seems to exist. It’s a tiny drop on a very pleasing screen.
The Oppo F9 Pro has a 6.3-inch IPS FHD+ LCD display with 2340 x 1080 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. The tiny notch on the top and small chin gives the phone a 90.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. The earpiece sits on top of the notch at the very edge where the display meets the top frame.
Design and Construction
The OPPO F9 features a different look compared to the F7 which is more evident in the screen. Instead of the usual notch, the F9 features an even smaller notch which resembles a waterdrop. It houses the 25MP camera, while situated above it is the slit for the earpiece.
Design and Construction
On the left are the volume buttons and the triple card slot, while on the right is the power/lock button. Up top is the secondary microphone, while down at the bottom are the loudspeaker, microUSB port, main microphone, and 3.5mm audio jack.Flip it on its back and you will see the protruding 16MP and 2MP rear cameras with a chrome frame, LED flash, fingerprint scanner and OPPO branding.In the hands, the F9 exudes the quality that we also experienced on the F7, solid and premium. The glossy curved frame is smooth but easy to grip, while the buttons are easy to reach, clicky, yet firm and quiet. Navigating the interface though would still require both hands.