A mid-ranger kind of winner

Published February 13, 2018, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Brian Yalung


OPPO has its share of devices in the market with most eager to see what kind of camera it has to offer. With most mobile phone brands focusing on the delivery of high-end cameras to appease selfie-experts, the OPPO A83 is no exception.

However, this lush and deceiving device has plenty more to offer despite being categorized as a mid-range device. One can easily see that on the outside, making it a tempting smartphone to consider.

Deceptive and aesthetically pleasing

Out of the box, the OPPO A83 is made of plastic though some may be fooled into thinking that it comes in a metal finish. It is constructed in a slim and unibody-style, complemented by gentle curves for better handling.

The OPPO A83 features a 5.7-inch (1440×720 pixels) 18:9 aspect ratio, Full HD with 2.5D curved glass display. The screen is maximized with narrower bezels, something that will appeal to folks who are looking for a smaller phone to carry along.

Other features on the outside include a 3.5 mm audio jack, a micro-USB port plus the usual volume buttons on the side. The card tray and power button are positioned at the top of the device.

How much firepower?

With a sultry device making a good impression, finding out what makes it tick from the inside is equally important. The Oppo A83 relies on a 2.5 GHz Octa-Core Media MediaTek Helio P23 16nm processor with an 800 MHz ARM Mali G71 MP2 GPU.

That is further complemented by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM (expandable through microSD of up to 128 GB). The device is dual-SIM ready, comes with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box together with Color OS 3.2 on top. Power is stored and delivered by a 3,180 mAh which can last a day depending on usage. A 10W charger comes with the pack, something that eventual owners may want to have in hand.

So how good are the cameras?

Being a mid-range device, the OPPO A83 comes with a 13 MP main camera with single-tone LED flash (aperture f/2.2) and can record videos at 1080p resolution.

Up front is an 8MP camera with f/2.2 aperture that can also record full HD videos. The front cam also makes use of depth-of-field mode through the aid of software algorithms to determine the depth.

Face Unlock over Fingerprint sensor

One feature common on most phones these days would be the fingerprint security feature. The OPPO A83 may lack that though it is more than made up with a face unlock instead. All one has to do is save an image of his face on the face identification data.

Compared to the usual home button and fingerprint unlock security features, the face unlock should offer a better way of unlocking the device. It works best under well-lit conditions. In the event that lighting does not cooperate, resorting to the usual input of passcodes will be needed.

For a midrange device, the OPPO A83 should be something worth considering. It may not be mind-boggling but remains a device worthy of consideration for people who are looking for wise investments.