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Oppo A57 review: More selfies, more fun & exciting

Introduction

OPPO seems to be “unstoppable” when it comes to releasing selfie-centric smartphones. With the release of the highly successful OPPO F1S, the Chinese company is very confident to expand and take advantage of the positive response of many consumers, not just here in the Philippines, but in the whole Asian continent.


Today, another smartphone with attractive 16-megapixel lens offers beautification mode for budget-conscious people who like to spend not too much money for taking great shots.

Follow us and take a look below on our full review of the new OPPO A57, but before that, you can read first our hands-on preview here: Unboxed: OPPO A57; the selfie revolution continues

Display & Build

The 5.2-inch panel shows the premium stylish look of the phone, coming with uni-body design along the metal chassis in its back panel. Vivid colors can be pretty seen on the 720p display. It is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and supports Glove Mode. Viewing angles are good also but cannot be used in direct sunlight. It weighs only 147 grams, easy for holding the handset.


The fingerprint scanner is fast and accurate at a speed of 0.1 seconds only. We are happy to announce that a microSD card here is dedicated and not shared with Sim 2 slot like in many smartphones today. This is the same case for the Single-SIM version.

Software & UI

The Oppo A57 runs on heavily-customized Color OS, which is based on Android v6.0 “Marshmallow”. Quite disappointing as nowadays, “Nougat” should be the based version of the Android, as Google will unveil the Android O this year.

Opening the phone in the lock screen looks very simple. For styling, the company uses on what we called the “Lockscreen Magazine” where you have seen different images when opening the phone. Going to the user interface lies all the applications that we used. There’s no app drawer so you have to use folder to group it in the home screen. Themes can be downloaded on their respective theme store and apply to the whole UI.

Swiping up-down shows the quick toggle then the moving to the left is the notification panel. Simplicity is beauty, and that’s how they incorporate to the contacts, messages and dialer section. In short, very clean to run.

There are some few bloated applications like the Security Center for scanning the files on the phone, boosting the performance and checking if there’s a virus.

Performance & Audio

The OPPO A57 is powered by the efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chipset, with a maximum frequency of 1.4Ghz, accompanied by an Adreno 505 GPU. At 3GB RAM, it managed to do multi-tasking execution like simultaneously run many applications like Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Spotify and so on. It can play 1080p videos of up to 60 frames per second. As different with Mediatek processors like the F1S, this device able to be a lag-less phone. However, it heats up when you’re using the camera app for a long time so for the people, especially to those who love selfies, just used the phone if the place is beautiful for capturing images or scene.

We’re able to used benchmark applications to test the performance of the phone. Kindly take note that these tools are for guides purposes only to compare on other smartphones. Real life usage is the one that determines the whole performance of a phone.

The loudspeaker, located on the bottom right portion of the phone is average at its best. It’s not that loud nor weak. In a positive note, the bass is great and a slight distortion when using maximum volume. Better use the earphone on the package for finer entertainment side.

Camera

OPPO is known for producing good front camera device, and the OPPO A57 has no exception. The 16-megapixel lens on the front camera produces good images and can be smoothened & brighten by using beautification mode. It also shoots sharp and bright through selfies; and rich in natural colors, especially in daylight. Noises can be seen in the night time, which is reasonable in a phone. The “bokeh” effect is one of the features and it’ll automatically blur the surroundings of the subject. For group selfie, there’s a panorama mode for snapping wide-angle images. Take a look at the samples below:

Normal mode
Beautification mode
“Bokeh” mode
Panorama mode (Some part of the image was blurred because, at the time, my left arm (used for taking a selfie) is shaking.)

In the same way, the rear camera with 13-megapixel lens did a pretty job in daylight scenes. It is fast in focusing an object and can capture colorful images. Visible noise is very noticeable in low-light places.

Normal mode, No HDR
HDR mode
Normal mode, evening with No HDR
Normal mode, evening with HDR
Trying “Expert/Pro” mode: Exposure time is 1 second, auto white balance and 3 mm. focal length

 

Battery Life

The 2,900 mAh battery capacity is not-so-great for some people, but as I able to use the phone for almost two weeks, it can last for one whole day on a single charge with moderate usage. According to our PCMark test, it shows that the Oppo A57 has decent battery life. Charging time is a bit slow and took almost 2 hours and 15 minutes before it finally reaches 100 percent.

Verdict

OPPO once again proved that the new A57 is able to compete against other smartphones, with its excellent 16-megapixel front camera as one of the highlight features of the handset. The premium design, lightweight factor, fast fingerprint sensor, decent battery life, great back camera and good performance, this is a solid device, considering its price. The processor used gives optimization to lengthen the phone’s battery life. We hope that the company will manage to update the Android version of the phone to “Nougat”, as it stuck at “Marshmallow”.

Pros

  • Pretty-looking design
  • Nice display
  • Smooth performance
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Lightweight
  • Above-average battery life
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Average loudspeaker
  • Remains in “Marshmallow” Android version
  • Slow charging

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