OPPO A57 Review: Affordable “Bokeh” Selfie Expert
OPPO yet again released another selfie-centric device in the A57, although this was already announced overseas, it is still one of the best priced smartphone when it entered the Philippine shore. We already have it for about a week now and here is our full review:
In terms of construction and build, it possesses the same attributes of an OPPO smartphone, a uni-body metal design that doesn’t get too many smudges unlike other devices and coated with Gorilla Glass 4 in-front for extra durability. Also you can see its 16-megapixel front camera at the top together with a call speaker grills while at the bottom is a fingerprint scanner that works even in sleep mode and the usual capacitive buttons, underneath it is the 3.5 mm audio jack together with the micro USB port and speaker grills. At the back is where you can locate its 13 megapixel camera with SINGLE LED flash and two separate antenna lines that reminds us of the iPhone which now became OPPO’s current smartphone design.
On the right side of the device is its sim card tray that supports dual LTE NANO SIM cards at the same time and a SEPARATE slot for a micro SD expansion card for up to 128GB. Holding and using it with one hand is not an issue although the edges are curved, its poly carbonate material combined with a slightly elevated screen allows it to be held safely. Overall I liked the way they built the A57 by combining a tough Gorilla Glass 4 and premium matte black color makes it an eye-catching device for less.
The OPPO A57 sports a 5.2-inch HD IPS display that produces vibrant colors with great viewing angles. Despite of having an HD resolution only, it still gives clear images and balanced color reproduction in all photos and videos. Using it directly in sunlight is not an issue as its brightness nits are quite decent too, although I still prefer AMOLED for outdoor use. I just hoped also that in the upcoming models whether its an entry-level smartphone or not, should make Full HD screen as its standard resolution.
If there is ONE thing that OPPO stands out, is its camera. With the A57 they upped the ante by putting in a “Bokeh” feature in their front camera. Selfies from this device is truly outstanding considering its price point, some shots are actually even better compared to other flagship device that is 3 times its actual value. Its 16-megapixel front camera has a f/2.0 aperture lens with 1.12 µm pixel size allows it to capture selfies even in dim lights. Here are some of the shots taken by the OPPO A57 front camera:
For the rear camera they reduced the pixel count down to just 13-megapixel but it doesn’t mean that it won’t take good photos too. It has f/2.2 aperture lens which takes decent photos in well-lit areas but suffers when low light comes in. Also I observed that its ability to focus on a subject seems slower than expected. Here are the photos taken using its rear camera:
Within the A57 is a heavily-customized Color OS 3.0 with Android Marshmallow 6.0.1. It seems that OPPO has made reputation of having late OS version in their lower price point devices. But eventually they seed out the latest firmware, its just they don’t come in later. Browsing through the app drawer is a breeze with no signs of any lags or delays. The Color OS gives you the iPhone feels with its icon shape and design. Another good thing about it is the minimal pre-installed software, only Google app suite is found which also can be removed if desired.
Inside the OPPO A57 is Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor with Adreno 505 GPU. Games such as NBA 2K17 other heavy duty apps can still be played IF the resolution and quality is toned down just a little. Multitasking is not a problem since it has 3GB of RAM to handle your everyday applications. You also have to take note that the A57 has only 22GB USABLE storage from its 32GB as the 10GB is used for system software, but you can always add a micro SD card for your media files. And also I have to take note that entire app drawer of the OPPO A57 runs surprisingly smoother than the other mediatek-powered devices, the culprit might be the Qualcomm CPU tends to be optimized for Color OS.
Battery life is decent, I got like about 8-9 hours with LTE on and do just regular browsing of my emails and facebook. However, the 2,900mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery seems to charge slower than expected, about 2 hours is needed just to reach 95 percent.
OPPO showed its supremacy in the entry-level segment with the A57, by combining its great selfie camera and solid performance, it completely overshadows its flaws. The OPPO A57 is available for Php11,995 in all authorize re-sellers nationwide.
- Excellent selfie camera
- Solid design and build
- Great choice of processor in Snapdragon 435 for entry-level mobile gaming
- Mediocre sound quality
- 2 NANO LTE SIM cards plus a separate micro SD card slot
- Average battery life
- HD screen only
- Still uses a Micro USB port
- Slow charging time