Even if you hate the notch, you'll like the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro 'waterdrop' screen

Even if you hate the notch, you'll like the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro 'waterdrop' screen
Ranked among the world’s top five smartphone vendors due almost entirely to its popularity in markets like China and India, Oppo is finally getting serious about a Western expansion. Unfortunately, while the Find X takes a novel approach to eliminating screen bezels that works great from a design standpoint, the new flagship handset’s durability leaves a lot to be desired.

Far from elegant, the notch remains an effective solution to the age-old problem, but there’s more than one way to cut out a display in order to make room for a selfie shooter. Apple may have inspired hordes of iPhone X copycats, but the Android-powered Essential Phone actually came out first with a little hole at the top of a 5.7-inch IPS LCD panel.

As Andy Rubin hesitates to release a sequel, the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro are apparently right around the corner with what the company calls a “waterdrop” screen. No need to wonder exactly what that means, as a number of “teaser” images are floating around the interwebs, including a crystal clear view of the F9 Pro’s “face.”


That’s certainly an original way to build up excitement over an upcoming device, which seems to feature dual rear-facing cameras and an almost “full screen” design with a tiny notch shaped like, you guessed it, a water drop. Unfortunately, the “chin” is still there, and something tells us the Oppo F9 and F9 Pro will exclusively be released in markets like Malaysia and India.
 
There is some hope for official UK availability, and in addition to a no doubt impressive screen-to-body ratio, Oppo also wants to highlight proprietary VOOC Flash Charge technology as a key selling point. That means you’ll be able to talk for a solid couple of hours on the phone after a short 5-minute charge. You also shouldn’t rule out the F9 family offering some degree of water resistance, targeting a relatively inexpensive price point, and using advanced AI techniques to enhance your self-portraits.

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7 Comments

1. AronWunarso

Posts: 244; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Looks much better than notch and Essential phone cutout, even tho I prefer no cutout at all

2. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I don't see how this is better but that's just my opinion. I prefer my essential notch.

3. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Nope still ugly. A wallpaper with water doesn't cover it up....

4. twcobra

Posts: 26; Member since: Apr 25, 2012

This looks much more like a Oneplus 6t candidate then the Find X.

5. Humanoid

Posts: 1226; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Sharp is always being copied, but clones get all credits.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

I'll give you that. Just have to add though that I know of no north American carrier that sold the phone. It sold far less than the Essential and without fan support who knew it was even around.

7. j_grouchy

Posts: 180; Member since: Nov 08, 2016

Holy-effin-hell...why do people get so upset about the "chin"? Does that 1/8" bezel at the bottom REALLY bother people? WTF?

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