OPPO recently released in the Philippines the OPPO A96, sporting a 6.59-inch screen with a 90Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset, and a 5,000mAh battery. There’s another smartphone, though, that packs similar specs, the realme 9i. Given their price difference, which one is for you? Find out in this specs comparison.
|OPPO A96 specs:||realme 9i specs:|
|6.59-inch FHD+ (2412 x 1080) IPS display, 401ppi||6.6-inch FHD+ (2412 x 1080) IPS display, 401 PPI|
|90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate||90Hz refresh rate, 180Hz touch sampling rate|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 SoC|
|Adreno 610 GPU||Adreno 610 GPU|
|8GB LPDDR4X RAM (+5GB RAM Expansion)||6GB LPDDR4X (+5GB RAM Expansion)|
|256GB UFS 2.2||128GB UFS 2.2|
|microSD card support (dedicated slot)||microSD card support (dedicated slot)|
• 50MP F1.8 main
• 2MP F2.4 depth
|Triple rear cameras:
• 50MP F1.8 (main)
• 2MP F2.44 (macro)
• 2MP F2.4 (B&W)
|16MP F2.0 front camera||16MP F2.1 front camera|
|4G LTE||4G LTE|
|WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac||WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac|
|Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS||GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS|
|3.5mm audio jack||3.5mm audio jack|
|Fingerprint scanner (side)||Fingerprint scanner (side)|
|Dual stereo speakers|
|ColorOS 11.1 (Android 11)||realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)|
|5,000mAh battery w/ 33W SuperVOOC charging||5,000mAh battery w/ 33W fast charging|
|164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm||164.4 x 75.7 x 8.4mm|
|Starry Black, Pearl Pink||Black, Blue|
Summary of advantages
• Larger RAM
• Larger storage
• Macro camera
• Stereo speakers
• Lower price
Table of Contents
When it comes to the display, you won’t see much difference between the two as they both sport a 6.6-inch IPS screen with Full HD+ resolution which equates to 401ppi. Well, the A96 has a 6.59-inch screen but the 0.01-inch difference is negligible. Both also have the same 90Hz refresh rate for smooth animations and transitions, and a touch sampling rate of 180Hz.
Powering both devices are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 chipset with an octa-core CPU clocked at a maximum of 2.4GHz, and an Adreno 610 GPU. So when it comes to CPU and GPU performance, you can expect the same level of performance. However….
RAM and Storage
The two devices differ in RAM and storage. The A96 has a larger 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, while the 9i has a smaller 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Both have +5GB RAM Expansion features and dedicated slots for a microSD card. We’ll see if there are any differences in benchmark numbers once we’re done with our review of the A96.
The A96 has dual-rear cameras with a 50MP main and a 2MP depth, while the 9i has triple-rear cameras with a 50MP main, 2MP macro, and B&W depth. In this case, the two have the same main camera resolution and have a dedicated camera to assist in bokeh effects. However, the 9i has a macro camera if you like shooting subjects up close.
For the front camera, both have 16MP shooters.
Connectivity and Features
Both have dual-SIM card support with 4G LTE connectivity, WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, and fingerprint scanner. However, the 9i has dual-stereo speakers which makes audio more immersive when playing games or watching videos. For software, both have different UI skins but both are based on Android 11.
For the battery, both have 5,000mAh capacities with 33W fast charging. This is a good capacity for those who are looking to use the said smartphones as daily drivers. The realme 9i’s battery life was rated by PC Mark at 22 hours and 26 minutes. We’ll know about the OPPO A96 once we’re done with the review.
Let’s look at the price, the OPPO A96 8GB + 256GB is priced at PHP 15,999, while the realme 9i 6GB + 128GB is at PHP 11,990. That is a PHP 4,009 difference.
Which one to get?
If you’re on a tight budget, the realme 9i is the best option. You’ll just miss out on some RAM and storage. But if you think you can get by with the 6GB + 128GB, this option will get you the most value. However, if you really need a bigger RAM and storage for heavy multitasking and for storing large files, and are willing to spend more than PHP 4K for that, go with the OPPO A96.