We may earn a commission if you click a deal and buy an item. This is how we make money.

Oppo’s latest phone has a key OnePlus 7 Pro feature

Oppo has just announced the Oppo A9x − an new and improved version of the Oppo A9. The biggest change comes in the form of a 48-megapixel main camera sensor, a feature it shares with the new OnePlus 7 Pro.

Oppo A9x’s 48-megapixel camera sensor, which is Sony-made and also features on the new OnePlus 7 Pro and Motorola One Vision phones, will be a step up from the 16-megapixel sensor on the A9.

Related: Best smartphones

The sensor uses “quad-pixel” technology, combining four images to form a 12-megapixel photo (via GSMArena). The technology is designed to remove noise and improve low-light performance.

The lens also features an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation, and it’s joined by a secondary 2-megapixel (f/2.4) sensor for capturing depth. On the front of the phone is a 16-megapixel selfie camera – housed within the screen’s teardrop-style notch.                   

The A9x improves upon the A9 in a few other ways.

The battery capacity stays the same, at 4020mAh, but a welcome new addition Oppo’s VOOC 3.0 fast charging technology. Oppo claims VOOC 3.0 charges 23.8% faster than its previous fast charging standard.

There’s a slight variation to the colours available for the Oppo A9x too. The A9x comes in two colours as opposed to the A9’s three – retaining Ice Jade White from the A9 and adding a new Meteorite Black scheme.

The rest of the Oppo A9x specifications are as follows: There’s a 6.53-inch FHD+ display, 128GB of internal storage and running the show is a Helio P70 processor paired with 6GB of RAM. The phone runs on Color OS 6, Oppo’s mobile skin based upon Android Pie.

Read more: Best Android phones

There’s no word yet on whether or not the Oppo A9x will be treated to a UK release, but the handset is currently listed for CNY1999 (£230) in China – going on sale on May 21.