The Oppo A series was started as the company’s low-budget smartphones but with the release of A9, it is going the way of mid-range devices. Here, let’s welcome the little brother of A9, Oppo A5. Launched on 11th September 2019, it looks very similar to A9, but the big difference is on the camera setup. Other features are very much similar- a large battery, large display, and surprisingly low price.
Basically, Oppo A5 is an affordable phone wearing the premium flagship phones’ design. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor. It comes with 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The Oppo A5 2020 runs on Android 9 Pie and is powered by a 5000mAh battery. Though this device is in competition with a lot of smartphones out in the market, there are some serious considerations on this phone you need to focus on before buying any other device.
Design and Display
Just by look, Oppo A5 feels classy- with the nicely curved and finished design and the visual impact of the quad-camera array on the back. This phone is mostly plastic. The front is Corning Gorilla Glass, but the back is a cheat. The sides are plastic too. When you pick up the phone, the premium-like illusion you get when looking at it’s advertised pictures will surely fade. You don’t have to worry about the extra protection for the phone as Oppo attaches a plastic screen protector in the factory and a silicone case, which is the basic protection for your phone.
The hardware is quite efficient and reliable to the average users. There are metal buttons, a headphone jack, and an excellent speaker for the phone of this price range. The headphone jack is down at the bottom, together with the speaker grille. The good thing is that Oppo has chosen USB Type-C as its goto data port instead of USB Type-B (as many budget phones do these days). There is a fingerprint scanner on the back of the phone.
But make sure to save this device from rain, dropping it in the bathtub or leaving out in a dusty place, as this phone isn’t dust or waterproof. The bezels are thin too. On the top of the screen, there is a teardrop notch and a little chunky bottom chin. The bezel on the side is narrow and nice looking.
If you have a large palm and you just enjoy using a larger screen, then Oppo A5 is built just for you. With that 6.5 inches screen, you can fit a lot more on the screen at once. But the drawback is that you might work hard stuffing this phone into a small pocket because this phone has a thickness of 9.1mm.
You’ll really feel the price drop in the display of Oppo A5. The LCD display is running at a relatively lower resolution of just 720X 1600 pixels at 270 PPI. Yes, you are going to feel the screen difference if you compare it with one of Samsung’s high-end Super AMOLED screens. Regardless of that, the text and icons remain legible and sharp, and the videos look really fine. The huge screen is very beneficial when you are reading a book, text, or scrolling social media feed, making it excellent for educational or entertainment purposes.
Oppo A5 features an all-new quad-camera in the arena of budget phones. The rear camera panel consists of a 12MP wide-angle camera with an f/1.8 aperture, an 8 MP ultrawide camera with an f/2.25 aperture, a 2MP depth camera with an f/2.4 aperture, and a 2MP monochrome shooter with an f/2.4 aperture.
The ultra-wide camera is fantastic for capturing wider landscapes and very useful to fit the whole group in the frame. Like any other budget phone, the low light performs a slag job and offers low details but is acceptable for this price range. The digital zoom does a good job, as it lets you zoom up to 5 times. The HDR does a fine job and certainly brings more detail to the picture, satisfactory for this price range.
The 8MP front camera in Oppo A5 2020 captures beautiful selfies with fine details and color reproduction, perfect for social media. The beautify mode works excellently. The video camera shoots 4K video at 30fps. But it lacks video stabilization. So to take advantage of the in-built video stabilization you need to set the setting at 1080p.
This camera setup is impressive if you limit the use of the camera to a social media feed and just for capturing memories. If the camera is important for you then you should consider stepping up to Oppo A9, which has almost every specification identical except cameras.
Oppo A5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset. This is a powerful processor that is used in a more expensive phone. Oppo does a really fine job by introducing this chipset, which is exceptional in the mid-range category. The phone runs on Android 9 (which is not the latest one) and is packed with 3GB or 4GB RAM combined with 64 or 128GB. The scrolling is not as smooth as the other fastest phones in the market but considering this as a part where Oppo compromised to reduce the price, it is acceptable.
You might feel downsized while playing heavy games like Call of duty mobile and PUBG in Oppo A5. Even after reducing the graphic in the game setting, you will still feel some lag. The phone holds 64GB internal storage which is more than enough to hold different apps. You can expand external storage with the dedicated card slot. The one with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage is the widely available variant.
If everything is downsized then you might be asking yourself why to buy Oppo A5. Well, the large Li-Po 5000 mAh non-removable battery is here the best feature. The battery performance is exceptional. After a full charge in the morning, you can go all day long with heavy use and still be left with plenty of battery before bedtime. You can have your phone running even after the use of two whole days if you exclude watching videos or playing games. The device comes with a 10W charger so it might take several hours to charge the phone to its fullest. Of course, there is no fast charging on this phone.
Oppo A5 Full Specifications:
Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size: 6.5 inches, 102 cm2 (82.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (270 ppi density)
Brightness: 480 nits max brightness
Protection: Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Dimensions: 163.6 x 75.4 x 9.1 mm (6.44 x 2.97 x 0.36 in)
Weight: 195 grams
Build: Glass front (Gorilla Glass 3), plastic frame, plastic back
SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Chipset: Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11nm)
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie), ColorOS
CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
GPU: Adreno 610
microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal: 64GB or 128GB internal storage with 3GB or 4 GB RAM
MAIN CAMERA (Quad-camera)
12MP wide-angle camera, f/1.8 aperture, 1.25µm, PDAF
8MP Ultrawide camera, f/2.25 aperture, 13mm, 1.12µm
2MP Depth camera, f/2.4 aperture
2MP, f/2.4 aperture, 1.75µm
Features: LED flash, HDR, panorama
Video: 4K video recording at 30fps, 1080p video recording at 30fps, 720p video recording at 30fps
Features: slo-mo, time lapse
8MP selfie camera, f/2.0 aperture
Video: 1080p video recording at 30fps
Technology: GSM/ HSPA/ LTE
2G bands: GSM 850/ 900/ 1800/ 1900
3G bands: HSDPA 850/ 900/ 2100
4G bands: 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 30, 38, 40, 41
Speed: HSPA 42.2/ 5.76 Mbps, LTE-A (2CA) Cat6 450/50 Mbps
3.5 mm audio jack
loudspeaker with a Stereo speaker
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, hotspot, wi-fi direct
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
Bluetooth: 5.0, A2DP, LE
USB: 2.0, Type-C reversible connecter, USB On-The-Go
Acceleration, Gyro sensor, Proximity sensor, Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
10 Watt Charger
Oppo A5 Price in Nepal
NPR 18,590 (3GB + 32 GB)