The Oppo K9s has arrived — at least in China – right on time. The s-phone is a Snapdragon 778G-powered replacement for the K9 Pro, which was unveiled last month, and a step up from the original K9. Here’s a comparison of the two.
With its 6.59″ display, the K9s is larger than both. This is an IPS LCD, unlike the other two (instead of AMOLED). It boasts a refresh rate of 120 Hz (same as the Pro) and a touch sampling rate of 240 Hz, as well as 1080p+ resolution and “Panda Glass” protection. There is no support for HDR, but it does cover the entire DCI-P3 colour space (and 96 percent of NTSC). The panel’s maximum brightness is 600 nits.
Because of the switch to LCD, the fingerprint reader has to be relocated to the phone’s side. The 16 MP selfie camera is nearly identical as the Pro’s, with the exception of the brighter f/2.0 aperture.
Meanwhile, the back camera is essentially the same as before. It all starts with a 64-megapixel primary camera with a 26-millimeter f/1.7 lens. This one can shoot 4K video at 30 frames per second (with electronic stabilization). The 120o extreme wide-angle camera comes next, followed by a 2 MP macro camera.
Oppo was able to cram a larger battery, 5,000 mAh, into the K9s thanks to the larger display (up from 4,500 mAh on the Pro). It doesn’t charge as quickly as previous models, but at 30W, it’s no slouch either – a charge from zero to 100 percent takes 59 minutes.
A USB-C 2.0 connector is used for charging, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack is located next to it. 5G and Wi-Fi 6 (axe) wireless connectivity are available, as well as Bluetooth 5.2. (with aptX HD, LDAC and LHDC codecs).
There are two options for configuration. The first choice comes with 6 GB of RAM (LPDDR4x, 2,133 MHz dual-channel) and 128 GB of storage (UFS 2.2 Gear 4, two-lane), while the second comes with 8 GB of RAM. There includes a microSD card for additional storage, as well as virtual RAM for up to 5 GB more. A 0.15 mm sheet of graphite keeps the chipset cool by assisting in the transfer of heat to the vapour chamber. Color OS 11.2 is pre-installed on the phone and is based on Android 11.
Fans in China can already book Oppo K9s for CNY 1,700 (about $265/€230/20,000) for the 6/128 GB model. CNY 1,900 ($300/€255/22,250) for the 8/128 GB variant. A charger, cable, and protective case are included in the retail box. The phone will be available starting November 1 in China (no news yet on global availability).