Oppo F7 and Vivo V9, the two new smartphones with iPhone X style notch will go on sale today. With the Oppo F7, the Chinese smartphone maker is adopting the flash sale model. The smartphone will go on its first flash sale at 12:00PM exclusively on Flipkart. The Vivo V9, on the other hand, is now available for pre-order via leading retail platforms.
Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 were announced last month as successors to company’s previous selfie-centric smartphones. The Oppo F7 succeeds Oppo F5, while Vivo V9 is the successor to the Vivo V7. Both smartphones bring high-resolution image sensors to the front facing camera, and a design that follows the recent trends. Both Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 sport a display with a cut-out notch similar to the iPhone X. The design being controversial leads to an edge-to-edge display design, and enables higher screen-to-body ratio.
The significance of the Oppo F7 and Vivo V9 launch is further highlighted by the fact that these two smartphone makers saw decline in their market share last year. Oppo dropped to fifth place while Vivo stayed third with minor improvement in its market share. The new announcements come on the heels of Xiaomi’s product launches including the Redmi Note 5, Redmi Note 5 Pro and Redmi 5. Xiaomi claims to have sold over 300,000 units of Redmi Note 5 during the first flash sale alone.
Oppo F7 Specifications and Price
In terms of specifications, the Oppo F7 features a 6.23-inch display, which the company calls as Super Full Screen technology. The display sports a resolution of 2280×1080 pixels translating to an aspect ratio of 19:9. The Oppo F7 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 processor clocked at 2.0GHz coupled with Mali-G72 MP3 graphics processor. It comes in two storage options with the base model offering 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and the higher version supporting 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.
As part of the Selfie Expert series, the selling point of the Oppo F7 remains its selfie camera. The smartphone gets a 25-megapixel front camera, which is the highest resolution selfie shooter on a mobile device yet. The front camera has f/2.0 aperture and includes AI enhancements for features like bokeh mode, beauty mode and real-time HDR technology. The smartphone also features a 16-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus and LED flash.
On the connectivity front, the Oppo F7 supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and 4G LTE with VoLTE calling. It features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and runs ColorOS 5.0 based on Android Oreo. The smartphone is backed by a 3,400mAh battery and will be available in solar red, diamond black and moonlight silver colors. The Oppo F7 is priced at Rs 21,990 for the 4GB RAM variant.
WATCH: Oppo F7 Vs Vivo V9
Vivo V9 looks similar to the Oppo F7 in terms of design, and features a slightly larger 6.3-inch display with 2280×1080 pixel resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, the smartphone gets a more capable octa-core Snapdragon 626 SoC with Adreno 506 GPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. It runs Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1 Oreo, which makes it one of the few devices on the latest version of Android.
The Vivo V9 sports a dual-rear camera setup with a combination of 16-megapixel and 5-megapixel sensors with f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. The selfie camera uses a 24-megapixel sensor with f/2.0 aperture and support for beauty mode as well as 1080p video recording. The Vivo V9 comes with connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio, 3.5mm headphone jack, and microUSB port.
It also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and comes with a 3,260mAh battery. The smartphone relies on microUSB port for charging and will be available in gold and black color. The Vivo V9 is priced at Rs 22,990 and is available from Flipkart, Amazon India and Vivo e-store.