OPPO Reno9 and Reno9 Pro go live as Android 13 smartphones with 2021 SoCs in updated packages
OPPO has introduced a new, albeit iterative, generation of its Reno series of sub-flagship mobile devices. Nevertheless, the 9 and 9 Pro are keeping track of some prominent smartphone trends, refined dual rear cameras and an Android 13-based UI included. The Pro also steps up to 16GB RAM SKUs for the first time.
The OPPO Reno9 and 9 Pro have been unveiled with the same display and up-to-date ColorOS 13 software as their third Pro+ sibling. Then again, that new series flagship has flown ahead with its processing solution, leaving the next variant down with the Dimensity 8100-MAX of its predecessor.
The 9 Pro does also retain the MariSilicon X co-processor, and is thus touted to have the same "Dual Core Portrait" performance as the Pro+, for the same 50MP main camera.
The Reno9 Pro also has an 8MP ultrawide-angle shooter as a second rear camera, although it has a 112° field of view, compared to 120° in the Pro+.
Then again, the middle-child 9 Pro does not bother with a third 2MP sensor for once – as with its vanilla counterpart.
The 9 falls behind with an older 64MP main sensor, which is, furthermore, not enhanced with a MariSilicon ISP. Therefore, the Snapdragon 778G stands alone in the Reno9.
It does have the same 4,500mAh battery that charges with new, more cross-brand-compatible 67W fast charging standard.
The 9 is also the most affordable of the new batch of Renos, as it is the only new variant with a choice of 8GB, 12GB or 16GB RAM SKUs. It is also the only one with a new bright red colorway with gold accents for its camera hump.
They start at 2,499 yuan (~US$336), whereas that of the Pro go up to 3,499 yuan (~US$470) - which is still good for a base model with 16GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.
All in all, it will be very interesting to see if these SKUs make it to the international market following this China-only launch – and how much they would cost in that event.
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