In a market overflowing with smartphones, giant tech brands try to one-up each other by launching phones with specs found in high-end units and sell them at a mid-range price. But, is it really possible? Absolutely. Consider Oppo’s F11 Pro and Huawei’s Y9—both flex excellent design, great camera, and reliable processor. Today, we compare these units and see if one is able to stand-out more than the other or if they’re equal in measure.
Design & Construction
Oppo F11 Pro‘s triple-gradient design that comes in Thunder Black and Aurora Green leaves quite the expensive impression, even more than its price lets on. Its poly-carbonate uni-body design, however, is a giveaway that it’s still in the mid-range category. At the back of the unit is the dual-camera setup with flash along with the fingerprint reader and Oppo logo. At the bottom of F11 Pro is a single speaker; it retained the headphone jack and micro-USB port instead of the modern USB-C. The front is a notch-less display thanks to its pop-up camera on top. It measures at 161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm and weighs 190 g.
Much like the F11 Pro, Huawei Y9 also has a rear fingerprint scanner, poly-carbonate back, and a metal frame. It comes in three color variants: Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, and Aurora Purple. One of its stand-out features is the dual front camera, not that hard to miss considering its large screen real estate. On the right side is the volume control and power button while the sim card tray and miscroSD port is on the left. At the bottom are the speaker grilles, headphone jack, and a micro-USB port. It measures at 162.4 x 77.1 x 8.1 mm and weighs 173 g.
Display & Multimedia
Oppo’s F11 Pro features a 6.53-inch display with 84.4% screen-to-body ratio and 397 ppi while Huawei Y9 isn’t far behind with its 6.5-inch screen, 82.8% screen-to-body ratio, and 396 ppi. Both units feature full HD+ LCD capacitive touchscreen (2340 x 1080) which makes for the best viewing experience for games, videos, and other streamable content.
Software, Chipset & Storage
Oppo’s F11 Pro boasts decent internal specs; inside is the ColorOS 6.0 (based on Android 9.0 Pie) and the latest mid-range Helio P70 MediaTek SoC with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU offering 13% performance boost than its predecessor. It lets apps load quicker and makes for a seamless interface navigation. For storage, 4GB/6GB RAM is paired with 64GB up to 128GB of storage. There’s also a dedicated microSD slot for expandability. Also incorporated is the Hyper Boost feature, Oppo’s own acceleration engine that makes for responsive and improved gaming experience.
Huawei Y9 runs on its very own Kirin 710 2.2 GHz Octa-Core processor with MALI-G51 GPU paired with EMUI 8.2 OS (Android 8.1). As for storage, 3GB/4GB of RAM is paired with 64GB up to 128GB of ROM. There’s also the option to expand via microSD up to 400GB. Huawei’s Kirin 710 is advantageous when it comes to high efficiency apps since it requires extensive power from the CPU; this SoC can deliver performance boost during heavy web browsing and video calls.
F11 Pro has a dual rear 48MP + 5MP camera setup and a motorized 16MP pop-up selfie shooter. The phone is able to record 1080p and 720p at 30 fps. There’s a dedicated AI scene recognition that can decipher up to 23 scenes and the Ultra Night Mode that works well under low light conditions. Huawei’s Y9 is a quad-camera affair, with a dual 16MP + 2MP depth front-facing image sensor and a 13MP + 2MP dual rear camera setup. It also features AI-enhanced shooting capabilities that adjust to better the image contrast, exposure, and saturation along with the AI-stabilized night shooting mode.
Both units feature a 4,000mAh battery life that’s able to hold well when multitasking and playing mobile games. It gives a day’s worth of juice with still extra hours to spare. Oppo’s F11 Pro comes with VOOC fast charging system capable of charging the device from 0 to 50% in 30 minutes. Huawei Y9, on the other hand, comes with 10W fast charging and can be fully charged in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
|Oppo F11 Pro||Huawei Y9|
|OS||Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6||Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2|
|Processor||Mediatek Helio P70||Hisilicon Kirin 710|
|GPU||Mali-G72 MP3||Mali-G51 MP4|
|Memory||64GB/128GB/256GB via microSD||64GB/128GB/400GB via microSD|
|Display||6.53-inch (1080 x 2340) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen||6.5-inch (1080 x 2340) IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Rear Camera||48MP, f/1.8 + 5MP, f/2.4||13MP, f/1.8 + 2MP, f/2.4|
|Front Camera||16 MP, f/2.0 motorized pop-up||16 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP, f/2.4|
|Battery||4000 mAh||4000 mAh|
|Dimensions||161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm||162.4 x 77.1 x 8.1 mm|
|Weight||190 g||173 g|
|Colors||Thunder Black, Aurora Green||Midnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Aurora Purple|
|Sensors||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass||Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass|
Oppo F11 Pro‘s specs seem like the unit to invest in if you want a premium-looking smartphone without the hefty price. Huawei Y9, on the other hand, sports internal hardware usually seen in high-end phones that retails only at a mid-range price. Whichever is the case, these units are sure to deliver your smartphone needs at a price that’s too good to pass.