OPPO, it seems, is on the verge of launching a brand new budget handset called the OPPO A9s in the near future. This handset, as you might have assumed, is likely to succeed the OPPO A9 that was launched a few weeks ago in India and several other markets across the globe. According to folks over at GizmoChina, the OPPO A9s, so far, has appeared in two avatars – one with the model number CPH1931 and another variant that goes by the internal codename PCHM10. Both these models have the same specifications which seem to indicate that they are, in fact, different variants of the same handsets intended for different markets. For example, the PCHM10 appears to be the China-specific version of the OPPO A9s while the CPH1931 is the variant that would be sold in other markets across the globe. The details of the A9s in the form of the CPH1931 first appeared on the Bluetooth SIG website.
OPPO A9s Specifications, Features
The OPPO A9s being the successor to the older A9, seems to have a lot of similar features. Some changes, however, seem very strange. For example, while the OPPO A9 used a 6.5-inch FHD+ display with a resolution of 2340×1080 pixels, the OPPO A9s listing in the form of the CPH1931 only talks about it getting a lower resolution panel that has a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels. The other significant change seems to be the change in the vendor as far as the processor is concerned. While the OPPO A9 used the MediaTek Helio P75 chipset with the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, the A9s is rumored to feature the Snapdragon 665 SoC from Qualcomm.
This chipset is a slight improvement to the aging Snapdragon 660 SoC that many popular budget handsets sport. The Snapdragon 665 is based on an 11nm manufacturing process and gets a slightly better Adreno 618 GPU for graphics. The image processor also sees an upgrade in the form of the Dual 14-bit Spectra 165 ISP instead of the Spectra 160 on its predecessor. The OPPO A9s listing also reveals that the handset gets 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The handset also reportedly runs ColorOS 6.0.1 atop an Android 9 Pie core. The phone is also likely to get a large 5,000 mAh battery.
OPPO A9s possible launch date, availability
Considering that the OPPO A9 has only been around for three months, it is plausible that the launch of the OPPO A9s could only happen a few months from now. The pricing of the A9s is expected to be on par with that of its predecessor. It remains to be seen if the phone does eventually make it to the Indian market.