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Official teasers from OPPO hint at first-of-its-kind waterdrop screen

A simple yet highly effective innovation in phone design may be the mainstay of the OPPO F9 and F9 Pro phones.

brand stories Updated: Sep 19, 2018 17:44 IST
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Teasers of the upcoming OPPO F9 Pro reveal an interesting feature; namely, the subtle waterdrop on the front face. (Twitter / OPPO)

OPPO has been quite busy lately. After launching the ultra-stylish Find X, followed by the sleek but powerful budget offering, OPPO A3s, the global handset brand seems to have something new up its sleeve. At least, that’s what a new round of teaser campaigns on social media would have us believe.

Chinese website Weibo leaked an image of what looks like a new OPPO model—quite possibly the F9 and the F9 pro. The design reveals an interesting feature; namely, the subtle waterdrop on top of the front face. The same feature was highlighted in a stunning teaser by both the Indian and Malaysian Twitter handles of OPPO, as the ‘breaking new’ version.

The simple innovation of the waterdrop screen seems to be a first in the smartphone industry. Based on the images leaked, it seems as though OPPO has centered the receiver, camera, and light sensor all onto the waterdrop design on top, condensing space and making the phone symmetric in design. This will also increase the height of the screen, allowing for a bigger viewing aspect ratio. As far as we can tell, it is likely to make the phone’s front look much cleaner and classier.

Both smartphone designs were first spotted on TENAA website, which revealed the design of the handset and also confirmed Bluetooth certification for new OPPO models. In addition, OPPO’s own website has confirmed that the F9 Pro will have dash charging technology, making 2 hours of talk time possible after a 5-minute charge.

The OPPO F9 and F9 Pro are expected to launch in India, this August. (OPPO)

Other speculations around the phone include the fact that it is supposed to be powered by the same MediaTek Helio P60 chipset as the OPPO F7. It’s also expected to come with the same 25MP front-facing camera module, with excellent features, as one has come to expect from the brand. The image on the site also confirms that the rear cameras will feature a dual camera setup.

Both the F9 and F9 Pro are expected to launch in August in India.

For a brand that launched its first ever smartphone only 6 years ago, OPPO has truly come a long way. At a time when even old and established brands are struggling to remain relevant, OPPO has not only emerged on top but also introduced several ‘firsts’ in what is easily one of the most competitive consumer markets. We can only speculate that the waterdrop screen design of the upcoming F9 Pro is a sign of yet another flagship killer from OPPO.

First Published: Aug 02, 2018 14:52 IST