OPPO sneaks in the A9 mid-range handheld
It looks like the Reno sub-brand is getting all the attention from OPPO these days, as the other lineups are barely receiving any publicity when it comes to new releases. This is clearly the case for the new A9 mid-range smartphone that got no official announcement or press release and was just plopped on the official site with succinct specs and pricing.
The official site does not even mention the exact SoC, but according to leaks cited by GSMArena, the A9 is powered by the MediaTek Helio P70 chipset coupled with 6 GB RAM and 128 GB storage, which can be expanded with up to 256 GB via the microSD card slot. As far as the display is concerned, the A9 comes with a 6.53-inch 2,340 x 1,080 IPS screen. There also is a teardrop notch hiding a 16 MP selfie cam with HDR capabilities.
For the rear cam setup, OPPO opted for a 16 MP main shooter and a 2 MP depth sensor. The fingerprint reader is placed on the back, as well, and there are three color options: Mica Green, Ice Jade White and Flourite Purple. Other features include a hefty 4,020 mAh battery, audio jack, GameBoost 2.0 for easy overclocking during gaming sessions and Android 9.0 with ColorOS 6 UI.
While the A9 will only be available in China initially, OPPO is expected to launch the model in other countries after a few months. The model will begin shipping on April 30 for around US$267.