Oppo F9, F9 Pro Prepping for Sooner Launch, Reportedly in August; Receives Bluetooth Certification

Oppo F9, the successor to F7 could get a Pro version. Oppo F9 / F9 Pro will most likely pack a dual-camera setup for enhanced selfies


Oppo is readying the next generation of Oppo F7 selfie-focused smartphone. The successor to Oppo F7 is called Oppo F9. And more importantly, the company is attempting to offer parallel diversification by launching a Pro version of the same. The Oppo F9 Pro, as the name implies, may have slightly more powerful and better specifications than Oppo F9.

The Oppo F7 went official this year in March. In other words, the smartphone’s hardly had any time in the real world, before the company is already deep into the development of its successor. It is apparent from a listing on the Bluetooth official website that Oppo is gearing up for the launch of the next iteration of the F-series smartphones.

Oppo F9: Gets a Pro Version

The Oppo F9 received Bluetooth certification earlier this month. There’s nothing special mentioned in the listing, except for one thing. The certification listing reveals that the F9 will be accompanied by a Pro variant. Incidentally, the Pro version is rather intriguing because Oppo has mentioned the listing as F9/F9 Pro. This might suggest there may be a Pro version for select markets. Also, Oppo may not sell the device along with the standard F9 variant. However, these are mere speculations at this juncture.

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There are no specifications mentioned about Oppo F9 or F9 Pro, except for the fact that it will support most of the cellular connectivity standards like GSM/GPRS, WCDMA, and FDD-LTE. The bands that these devices support are indicative that they will work with all the 4G service providers in India.

There may be no specific information available about the upcoming devices, but the F-series smartphones have always been marketed as excellent devices for selfies. These devices are usually mid-market smartphones with the primary focus on the camera sensors.

Oppo F9: Dual Cameras

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Speaking about the camera, Oppo is most likely going to embed a dual-camera setup in the upcoming F9/F9 Pro. Interestingly, accompanying the listing, there’s also a teaser that isn’t heavy on details. In fact, it is a mere outline, which does confirm that the upcoming iteration of the F-series smartphone from Oppo will be called the F9.

The outline is indicative of a dual-camera setup. Interestingly, as the F-series devices are popular among smartphone buyers for selfies, the company might just slap the dual-sensor unit on the front. The F7 series of smartphones sported a single-camera unit both at the front and rear. But most of the popular smartphone brands have made the switch to dual-cameras for the enhanced depth-effect with background blurring, more commonly referred to as bokeh.

Oppo F9, F9 Pro: Expected Specifications

If indeed Oppo does offer the F9 Pro alongside the standard version of F9, it is quite likely to boast slightly better specifications. Usually, the Pro version gets better RAM and internal storage. Hence, if the Oppo F9 launches with 4GB/64GB combo, then the F9 Pro might boast of 6GB/128GB combination.

Oppo doesn’t compromise on the internals. The F7 packed Mediatek MT6771 Helio P60 chipset. Needless to mention, the SoC is rather upper-end. The SoC features octa-core processor capable of reaching 2.0 GHz. This generation also had a Full HD IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1080 x 2280 pixels featuring a 19:9 ratio, and a respectable 405 PPI density. Surprisingly, Oppo even slapped Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Also, the device ran on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s custom ColorOS 5.0 layer on top.

Oppo usually releases the F-series of phones on a six-month cycle. If the company sticks to the same, buyers can expect the Oppo F9/F9 Pro to launch in October or November. However, rumors indicate Oppo just might break the traditional cycle and launch the smartphone as early as next month, August. Given the unusually short duration between Oppo F7 and F9/F9 Pro, there might not be much difference between the two generations, except for the camera sensors.