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Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs OPPO A9 (2020): which one to buy?

Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs OPPO A9 (2020): which one to choose?

Made in China is no longer scary. If years ago betting on Chinese terminals was a real lottery, the truth is that today is a guarantee of success.

Firms like Xiaomi, realme, OnePlus, OPPO or Huawei manufacture some of the best terminals of the moment and that show that in many cases it is not necessary to spend a lot of money to have a spectacular phone that will last a few years.

Redmi 9 vs OPPO A9

We face the Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs the OPPO A9 2020

Today we compare two of the best Chinese low cost terminals on the market, the Xiaomi Redmi 9 and the OPPO A9 (2020). Which is better? We analyze it.

Design and lampshade: low-cost elegance

OPPO A9 2020 rear

This Oppo A9 2020 is very beautiful both in front and behind

A low cost phone doesn't have to be ugly. In the old days, while the top of the range were well built and had designs that attracted attention, cheap phones were the opposite. Low-quality materials, poorly maintained designs and an unpleasant feeling when we had them in hand.

Today's low-end range is the opposite, as demonstrated by both the Xiaomi Redmi 9 and the OPPO A9. The first, despite being made of plastic, offers a great experience and is that it is a very light material that resists shocks and falls. Looking at your screen, 6.53-inch IPS with Full HD + resolution and a small drop-shaped notch.

The design of the OPPO A9 2020 is not too surprising but it is really attractive and it looks quite a lot for the colors that the firm has chosen. In our analysis we were able to test the Space Purple, a powerful violet that turned bluish in some moments and depending on the environment The screen is a notch below in terms of resolution since we find a 6.5-inch panel and HD + resolution.

Cameras: for the price they have, they are not bad at all

OPPO A9 cameras detail

The photographic section of the OPPO A9 is not bad at all

In the case of Redmi 9 we find 4 rear cameras- A 13-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and an 8-megapixel sensor for portrait mode. In the notch of its front, an 8 megapixel camera.

The rear of the OPPO A9 houses a total of 4 cameras. We find a 48-megapixel main sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle, a 2-megapixel sensor for the bokeh effect and a last 2-megapixel camera. On the other hand, on the front, OPPO has opted for a 16 megapixel sensor and 2.0 focal length.

When the light conditions accompany, both terminals achieve quite good results. Especially OPPO, which has shown that its processing can become a benchmark. At night the quality declines, something logical in the terminals of these prices, but it is also true that the results are more than acceptable and it is that honestly, we have seen more expensive terminals that offer worse results.

Battery performance: 5,000 mAh goes a long way

Rear OPPO A9 2020

The OPPO A9 has a more than acceptable performance

As we always say, one of the most important aspects of a mobile terminal is its autonomy. Because it is useless to have the best processor or the best camera if then the battery only lasts a couple of hours. Fortunately, this is not the case with either of these two smartphones..

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 has a battery of 5,020 mAh with fast charging of up to 18W while the OPPO A9 2020 has 5,000 mAh and a fast charge of 10W.

In this aspect the Xiaomi wins and not because of its 20 mAh more than they are barely noticed, if not for its best fast charge. 5,000 mAh is not a trivial figure so the sooner our smartphone is charged, the better.

Processors: MediaTek or Snapdragon?

OPPO A9 rear

Is the OPPO A9 a good buy?

The Redmi 9 arrives with the MediaTek Helio G80 inside, an 8-core processor that moves at a maximum speed of 2 GHz. You can find it in versions of 3 GB, 4 GB and 6 GB of RAM, 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB of storage

On the other hand, under the chassis of the OPPO A9 there is a processor that we have come across on many occasions. We talk about the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665. Thanks to him, the OPPO smartphone moves smoothly on a day-to-day basis.

We will not have any problem when using any of these smartphones, either using our day-to-day apps such as WhatsApp, Gmail and social networks as well as other more demanding applications such as video games. Obviously you do not expect the performance of a high-end, but for the price they have, they are more than enough.

Xiaomi Redmi 9 vs OPPO A9 2020: which one to choose?


Although both devices are quite similar in terms of design, performance and photography, we are left with the Xiaomi terminal for three key aspects.

On the one hand, its screen with Full HD + resolution compared to the HD + of the OPPO and on the other hand, for its better fast charge, something essential when we talk about 5,000 mAh batteries. The third reason? The price.

While the Xiaomi Redmi 9 can be found at a price around 100 euros, the OPPO A9 doubles the figure to 200. Considering that it has a worse screen and the rest of the aspects are not exactly better, our choice is more than clear.

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