It looks like manufacturers are now focusing on bringing more lenses to smartphones in order to get the highest picture quality possible. Now, we have devices like the OPPO R17 Pro and the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 with triple rear camera setups.
Other than that, this device is also gathering some steam in the Philippines lately as it’s about to reach our shores on November 7.
But just like the R17 Pro, there are also tons of anticipation surrounding the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018. Unlike the former, this has not one, not two, not three, but four cameras on the back. Making it one of the first ever devices to have such feature.
Arriving on a much later date (December 1), should you really wait that long for the Galaxy A9 2018? Or can the R17 Pro already satisfy your needs? We’ll help you make that decision in our OPPO R17 Pro versus Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 specifications and features comparison.
|OPPO R17 Pro||Samsung Galaxy A9 2018|
|Operating System||Android 8.1 Oreo|
|Android 8.1 Oreo|
Samsung Experience UI
|Display||6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED|
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 6
91.5% screen-to-body ratio
|6.3-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED|
2220 x 1080 pixel resolution
|Processor||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core||2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 octa-core|
|GPU||Adreno 616||Adreno 512|
expandable via microSD up to 256GB
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
|Rear Camera||12-megapixel (f/1.5-2.4, OIS) +|
20-megapixel (f/2.6) +
TOF 3D camera
|24-megapixel (f/1.7) +|
10-megapixel (f/2.4, 2x optical zoom) +
8-megapixel (f/2.4, 120° wide-angle) +
|Security||In-display fingerprint scanner|
|Connectivity||HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
|HSPA+, 4G LTE|
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou
|Dimensions||157.9 x 74.6 x 7.9mm||162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm|
|Colors||Stream Blue||Lemonade Blue|
Super VOOC charging
The quad-camera feature of the Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 is nothing short of impressive. However, it feels like the trophy for the specs battle is slowly falling towards the OPPO R17 Pro.
Both phones sport an identical ~6-inch FHD+ AMOLED screens. Although the R17 Pro was able to overtake the Galaxy A9 2018 with its Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection, making it the first smartphone to have one.
It also has an in-display fingerprint scanner which may not work as fast as the traditional rear-mounted sensor that the latter has, but it sure feels more premium and actually kind of cool.
Besides the screen, OPPO’s offering has a newer and more appropriate processor. The R17 Pro’s Snapdragon 710 chipset is more powerful and fitting for the price than the Galaxy A9 2018’s Snapdragon 660 chipset.
OPPO’s bet also has a more robust Adreno 616 and even has 8GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than the 6GB memory of Samsung’s offering.
The Samsung Galaxy A9 2018 might have a bigger 3,800mAh battery, but the marginal difference is forgivable considering that the OPPO R17 Pro has the Super VOOC fast-charging technology. This system promises a 0 to 100% charge in as fast as 35 minutes, just like the technology in the OPPO Find X Automobili Lamborghini Edition.
Now, let’s talk about the cameras. As stated earlier, the Galaxy A9 2018’s camera system is really interesting. The device really provides tons of flexibility when shooting. There’s the 24-megapixel sensor with a wide f/1.7 aperture for traditional high-quality photos.
There’s also a 10-megapixel secondary camera with 2x optical zoom for far away subjects. The third one is an 8-megapixel with a wide-angle sensor if you want to cram more things in a single frame. And lastly, a 5-megapixel depth-sensing sensor completes the lineup.
While the Galaxy A9 2018 can surely let you take pictures at different shooting scenarios, I think the OPPO R17 Pro can provide better real-world photos.
Its 12-megapixel primary camera has a variable aperture that can go up to f/1.5, which is obviously better than the f/1.7 of the latter. Also, having a lower resolution means that it has bigger pixels, which allows it to absorb more light for a better-looking photo.
The OPPO R17 Pro is also equipped with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS), which lets you take better pictures at low-light scenarios. There’s also the 20-megapixel secondary sensor and the TOF 3D camera for the novelty effects.
And of course, let’s not forget their selfie cameras. The Galaxy A9 2018 has a 24-megapixel front camera, while the R17 Pro has 25-megapixel, which is partnered with OPPO’s camera software built around taking self-portraits.
Since the OPPO R17 Pro does have a more appealing set of features, it’s understandable that it has a more premium price tag. We will not know its official price until November 7, but we do know that it has an SRP of CNY4,299 in China. When directly converted, it’s around Php33,300, which can still possibly go up when it arrives in the Philippines. Making it a more expensive option than the Php32,990 Samsung Galaxy A9 2018.