In the competitive technological environment of today it is no doubt that phone smartphone companies are beginning to take inspiration from more established brands in order to prove the closest substitute to consumers within a certain, perhaps more affordable price range.
For those of who are unaware Oppo is a Chinese smartphone developing corporation and they entered Pakistan in around 2014. Their phones have been previously resembled the iPhone and now it is being suggested that they are looking to compete with Samsung’s designs and specification. Samsung being a large Korean manufacturer of smartphones and well recognized within Pakistan; capturing a considerable market share.
The Oppo F9 retails at PKR 36,999 and comes with the Andriod V8.1 Oreo. Its dimensions are 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm and it comes in 3 colours: Sunrise Red, Twilight Blue and Starry Purple. It weighs at 169 grams and Dual Sim, Dual Standby compatibility. It has an Octa-core (4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 + 4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) and its display includes a 6.3 Inches screen and 1080 x 2340 Pixels (~409 PPI). The built in 64GB memory can also be extended with a microSD card which supports up to 256GB of memory space.
The main camera is Dual 16 MP, f/1.9, PDAF + 2 MP, depth sensor, LED Flash and secondary camera is 25 MP, f/2.0, Video (1080p@30fps). Its Connectivity options include: WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Radio, USB, NFC and Data. Finally, the battery of Oppo F9 is fast battery charging: VOOC Flash Charge 5V/4A 20W and has a capacity of (Li-Po Non removable), 3500 mAh, amongst many other extra features. I believe it is suffice to say that Oppo F9 transcends consumer expectation through the provision of excellent features which are often associated with high quality products.
Samsung as most of us know is a South Korean multinational technological corporation and they have been manufacturing smartphones for the global market for a long period of time. Moreover, Samsung is known to compete with Apple iPhones for some time now, especially their Galaxy series. Samsung is no stranger to the Pakistani market when it comes to manufacturing of quality technological products and they have been able to capture quite a lot of the Pakistani market with their affordable substitutes for Apple iPhones and their quality has also been up to the standard.
The Samsung J4 is prices at PKR 19,999 and comes with the Android V8.0 Oreo as well, It’s dimensions are 151.7 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm and it comes in three colours: Black, Gold, Orchid Gray. It weighs 175g and has Dual Sim and Dual Standby compatibility. Display of Samsung J4 includes Super Amoled Capacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors and Multitouch, has a screen size of 5.5 Inches- 6.5 grams more than the OppoF9 and an inch or so smaller screen. It has a 1.4 Ghz Quad Core Cortex-A53 which is indefinitely less powerful than that of Oppo F9. The display of Samsung J4 is Super AmoledCapacitive Touchscreen, 16M Colors with multitouch and has a resolution of 720 x 1280 Pixels- again less than that of Oppo.
It has a built in 16GB memory and 2GB ram as well as a micro SD card which also supports up to 256 GB worth of storage. J4’s main camera is 13 MP (f/1.9, 28mm), autofocus with LED flash and its front camera is only 5 MP, f/2.2, LED flash- again lagging behind Oppo’s F9. Samsung J4’s connectivity includes WLAN, Bluetooth, GPS, Radio, USB and data but not NFC compatible, unlike Oppo. The battery is a removable one with the capacity of 3000mAh- falling behind Oppo’s F9 by 5000mAh.
When taking the specifications into consideration it is right away apparent that Oppo’s F9 is actually a stronger competitor given that it is one step ahead in terms of all specifications. However, it may not be discredited just quite yet because Oppo F9 is double the price of Samsung’s J4. With slight upgrades here and there, Oppo is able to charge a higher premium and also provide some of the best features found in much more expensive smartphones. Still it may be considered that Oppo is offering a great product for a much less of a price point.
Finally, the Pakistani smartphone market has always been reliant upon imported and foreign brands however, Opposeems to be a good competitor and an option for the gadget savvy population without the hefty price tag. All in all, Oppoprovides quality and specifications which are much more advanced that what we were previously used to given the availability of smartphones and offers a fair price. It would be safe to suggest that Oppo should be given fair grounds within the Pakistani consumer market to compete with others and also a chance to perform as best as it can.