A lot of people’s attention is currently focused on Samsung’s newest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 9. This device is currently the best smartphone that the South Korean company has ever made, and is poised to be the best Android smartphone today.
But as great as it is, not a lot of people can afford its Php55,990 starting price, which is why they have other affordable offerings in the midrange market. Enter the Samsung Galaxy J8, the most decent budget-friendly option for Samsung fans right now. While it may be the best midrange device that the company is offering today, is it really the right device to get?
Other than the Galaxy J8, the midrange bracket is actually filled with tons of options from different brands. One of them is the recently announced OPPO F9, a device from a brand known for their midrange smartphones.
Today, we are comparing the OPPO F9 versus the Samsung Galaxy J8. This will allow us to see which between this two midrange device is the right option for you. Can the Galaxy J8 catch up to the success of its high-end brothers? Or will the F9 continue OPPO’s winning streak in this price segment? Well, that’s what we’re about to find out.
|OPPO F9||Samsung Galaxy J8|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Android 8.0 Oreo
Samsung Experience 9
|Display||6.3-inch FHD+ IPS|
2280 x 1080 pixel resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
|6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED
1480 x 720 pixel resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
|Processor||2.0GHz MediaTek Helio P60 octa-core||1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP3||Adreno 506|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
|Rear Camera||16-megapixel +|
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
|HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
|Dimensions||156.7 x 74 x 7.99mm||160 x 75.8 x 7.95mm|
VOOC fast charging
Samsung surely makes some of the best Android flagships in the market today. However, their low-cost offerings still leave a lot to be desired. So it goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy J8 loses over the new OPPO F9 in terms of specs.
You can already see the Galaxy J8’s defeat on the processor used. Samsung relied on a Snapdragon 450 chipset for this device, a processor that we usually see on devices under the Php10k price range.
On the other hand, OPPO used a MediaTek Helio P60 processor. You can spot this same chipset in some high-powered midrange devices in the market today, and it’s actually on par with the best of the Snapdragon 600 series.
In addition, the Samsung Galaxy J8 settled for a 6-inch HD+ screen. It’s Super AMOLED panel might offer better colors, but for the price, we should already be getting an FHD+ panel. Something that the OPPO F9 clearly have.
Having a great camera is one of the features that are consumers are looking for on a smartphone. And if you’re one of those, you’d be excited to hear that the OPPO F9 has a 25-megapixel selfie camera, which is way better than the 16-megapixel front camera of the Samsung Galaxy J8.
However, the Galaxy J8 was able to make up for it by having a slightly better pair of rear cameras. It has a 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel shooters that are coupled with a wide f/1.7 aperture. On the other hand, the F9 only has a 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel primary cameras with a f/1.8 aperture and LED flash.
But then, the OPPO F9 quickly steals back the spotlight thanks to its VOOC fast-charging technology. Both devices have the same 3,500mAh battery, but OPPO’s speedy recharging technology makes the F9 more interesting to use.
To finally wrap it up, the Php17,990 OPPO F9 is definitely the better option between the two. Despite being Php2,000 more expensive than the Php15,990 Samsung Galaxy J8, the additional cost that you’d be paying is going to be really worth it.