3.5mm audio jack: No|
Earpiece speaker: part of the shark fin pop-up, audio transparency through the top bezel
Mics: 3 (one for ANC)
Buds: USB-C premium
Qualcomm TrueWireless and
Max98927 Class D Amplifier capable of 85dB
|Codecs||SBC, AAC, aptX/HD, LDAC and other hi-res audio to 32-bit/96kHz.|
The top speaker does not match the acoustic properties of the much louder bottom speaker, so any semblance of stereo L/R separation is not really possible.
Maximum ring volume is 82dB (good), and music/voice is 75dB. Hands-free is clear enough in an office environment, and callers did not feel I was in a ‘tunnel’.
Dolby Atmos simply means it can accept 5.1.2 or 7.1.4 Atmos content and downmix it to the 2.0 speakers or headphones/buds. Sorry but the speakers lack the oomph, and there is no sound stage there either. Atmos settings are Smart, Movie, Gaming and Music.
But attach our reference Sony WH-1000XM3 headphones that support SBC, LDAC and aptX/HD, and you get glorious Atmos sound. The premium USB-C buds were not bad either.
Note: Frequency response is from 20Hz to 20kHz
- Deep Bass: 20-40Hz – none
- Middle Bass: 40-100Hz – creeping in
- High Bass: 100 to 200Hz – building
- Low-mids: 200-400Hz – flat
- Mids: 400-1000Hz – flat
- High-mids: 1-2kHz building
- Low-treble: 2-4kHz – building
- Treble:4-6kHz – flat
- High Treble: 6-1kHz – flat
- Dog whistle: 10-20 – non-existent
This is a bright vocal signature – quite clear and crisp for voice but can be shrill for music and movies. We tried with Dolby Atmos (music preset) on/off.
With Atmos on bass improves and the speakers are ‘listenable’.
With Atmos off the music is shrill and harsh evidenced by no bass, poor mids and excellent treble.
|Other|| Goodix optical fingerprint sensor in-glass|
The shark fin pop-up is
elegant and fast – .08 seconds.|
Tested 200,000 uses – 11 years at 50 times a day
Auto retraction if it senses a fall and will not open if there is resistance (in a pocket)
The Goodix optical fingerprint sensor is in-glass. It’s 99.99% accurate and fast – less than a second to unlock the phone.
Face recognition can be a default (why bother) and the sharkfin automatically pops up if Fingerprint Recognition does not work.
|Battery||4065 mAh battery (VOOC uses two batteries in parallel for safety)|
Charger type, e.g. 5V/4A
Quick charge: VOOC 3.0
Wireless Qi charge: NO
Approx recharge time: 50% in 30 minutes and 100% in 60 minutes
GSM Arena endurance rating: 107 hours
The battery is large but comparable for this class of device.
- 1080p Video loop, 50% brightness, Airplane mode was an astonishing 18 hours
- General to heavy use patterns – 35 hours
- Under 100% load, maximum brightness and everything turned on GeekBench 4 estimates around 6% battery use per hour – 16 hours.
These figures are excellent and due to the AMOLED screen, AI and the power efficiency of the SD855.
Given heavy/typical use, we expect this to run for 24/36+ hours between charges.
|LTE|| Cat 20/13 2Gbps/316Mbps|
Sub-6GHz 4×4 MIMO|
Band: n78 Telstra
Single Nano SIM|
Single MicroSD slot
|Other||VoLTE and VoWiFi depends on carrier|
In a 4G zone Network Cell Info shows a rock-solid -101dBm 4G signal which is superior to the Samsung Note9 reference phone at -108dBm. What that means is that it gets better 4G reception. It also picked up the next furthest tower at -107dBm where the Samsung Note9 was -141dBm.
In a 4GX Zone using Ookla Speedtest, the OPPO managed 128/40Mbps download/upload versus the Samsung Note9 at 59/30Mbps.