About a month ago we went to Cebu to witness Sinulog Festival and we documented the whole trip using the Oppo F1S by taking pictures to highlight its selfie capabilities. After a week, Oppo yet again introduced another selfie-centric alternative to F1S which is the new Oppo A39.
Here is our unboxing video and right now we give you our full review of this budget-friendly selfie smartphone.
In terms of design and build, the A39 does not disappoint with its unibody design with 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 Screen with four rounded corners for better grip. At the back you can see the visible antenna lines which reminds us of the iPhone 6. There is no fingerprint scanner embedded on the home button but atleast the capacitive buttons lights up. Holding it with one hand is not an issue, my thumb can reach almost 80% of the screen so I don’t mind texting while walking. So overall, it is a great looking smartphone.
You can locate the selfie camera at the top left-hand side, it features a 5-megapixel with large 1.4um pixels and ¼-inch sensor has higher light sensitivity and frame rate to capture pictures and videos with reduced noise. Oppo didn’t increase the megapixel count because we all know that it doesn’t truly affect the image quality but the camera sensor does. Shots that were taken by A39 is close to other flagship devices out there, details and exposures are well-balanced but the pictures taken outside seems to be a little saturated but we’re fine it.
Even low-light selfies are good thanks to its front facing camera flash that uses the light of the screen.(just like the iPhone 6) Although the shutter speed is not that fast, you have to stay perfectly still while taking selfies to avoid blurred images. Here are some of the shots taken using the front camera of Oppo A39:
For those who wants that camera 360 look, the A39 has the latest iteration of its beautifying app, the Beautify 4.0, which enhances the skin and facial features through seven beautify levels, two skin modes, and upgraded photo-processing algorithms.
It also has a 13-megapixel camera with f2/0 aperture lens partnered with a LED flash, images taken are quite decent even in low-lit areas. We made a video of comparing it with an iPhone 7, checkout below:
In terms of its UI, the Oppo A39 has the ColorOS skin on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop, I’m quite a bit disappointed about it because it didn’t have the latest Android version, hopefully in the next couple of weeks we might get an update for Marshmallow, I think one of the reasons is that Android 5.1 is known for its stability maybe they will still need to run few more tests before Marshmallow 6.0 comes out. The app drawer resembles the iOS, clean and no signs of lags or delays when opening an app. It may not be the best-looking Android skin out there but atleast it works really fine.
One good reason for the emergence of Oppo smartphones in the Philippines is the ability of squishing in all mobile necessities in good pricepoint which the A39 has, from great selfie cameras to the resemblance to iPhone 6, it is also a hybrid dual sim setup which you can either put 2 sim cards or 1 sim and use the other one for microSD card for expandable storage. I didn’t experience any problems while using wifi connection and the call quality is superb.
Performance and Battery
Under the hood is the Mediatek 6750, Octa-core 1.5GHz, Cortex-A53 processor, Mali T860 GPUI and 3GB of LPDDR3L RAM, we managed to play Asphalt 8 and One Piece in high settings without any lags or frame skips due to its toned down resolution of 1280×720. Again this was designed to be a selfie-centric smartphone so we didn’t expect this to run well in mobile gaming. For battery, it houses a 2900mAh Li-Po battery that lasts for about a day with LTE turned on, so I can say that it has a decent battery life.
I’m really impressed with Oppo’s way of targeting the selfie-lovers which most Filipinos are, and to think that they priced this at just P10,990 a lot of people will be interested in it
- Great selfie camera
- Easy to grip and use with one hand
- Decent battery life
- Free Jelly Case
- HD resolution only
- ColorOS complicates Android UI
|Primary Camera||13M PDAF（5P,F2.2,1.12um pixel size,IMX258）|
|Secondary Camera||5M (1.4um pixel size,F2.4,Anti-shake）|
|CPU||MTK 6750, Octa-core 1.5GHz, Cortex-A53|
|ROM||32GB,Independent micro SD,Up to 256GB|
|SIM Card||Nano SIM, Nano SIM|
|Screen Size||1280*720 HD,5.2-inch,IPS,282PPI|
|Glass||2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass 4|
|Color||Gold,Rose Gold（according to situation）|
|Weight||About 147g（with battery）|
|Battery||TYP: 2900mAh， MIN：2820mAh|
|Operating System||Andriod 5.1, Color OS 3.0|
|WIFI||2.4GHz/5GHz 802.11 a/b/g/n|