The OPPO K9s launches with the Snapdragon 778G processor, a 3.5mm jack and more
OPPO instituted a considerable shift in K-series design language with this line's 2021 flagship. Now, it has continued this trend with the new K9s, and has elaborated on it further by cutting its rear panel-spanning glass accent into thin pin-stripes.
Nevertheless, the phone still bears the "09-K" and "Super Performance" branding, like the K9 and 9 Pro before it. OPPO asserts that it upholds the latter with a 120Hz refresh rate for its FHD+ screen, which is LCD and 6.59 inches in diagonal length.
The OEM has been sure to augment it and the Snapdragon 778G SoC behind it with "gamer" features such as "4D" haptics and an X-axis linear motor for improved "real-time" feedback. It also features a "Hyperboost Engine" to intelligently divert resources when a game is open and in active use.
On that note, the K9s is kitted out with a large 5,000mAh battery, although it charges at up to 30W rather than the 65W rate of other, higher-end models. Fans may not mind that so much when they see its price, however.
In fact, mid-range smartphone enthusiasts in China now have brand-new choice of how to spend 1,499 yuan (~$235): on a base-model iQOO Z5x with 50+2MP rear cameras, or a 64+8+2MP OPPO K9s with the same 6GB RAM/128GB internal storage configuration.
Alternatively, there is an 8GB/128GB top-end model now priced at 1,699 yuan (~$266). They will go to pre-order on November 1, 2021; however, OPPO has indicated their starting prices are launch specials, and may go up by 200 yuan (~$31) each thereafter.