- Analysis by KJ David
Oppo's A5 is a middle-class smartphone for users who want a taste of dual-lens imaging and a wide interface, but are shopping on a rather tight budget. Among its biggest drawbacks are its humdrum 720p-only (1520 x 720) resolution and paltry 271ppi pixel density count , a couple of cons that prevent its otherwise expansive 6.2-inch 19:9 TFT display from lining up with those of the best phablets and large-screen smartphones around.
Also part of its pros and cons is a lackluster (resolution-wise) 8-megapixel selfie camera that at least comes with an AI-powered facial beautification feature , which was not that common within its price group as of this specs-based review. At the back, it touts a respectable 13- plus 2-megapixel dual rear camera that enables background blurring effects for portrait shots -- don't forget to check out the best phones for photography here.
Another sizable pro that gives the A5 a slight edge versus several of its contemporaries shown here at Phonerated is its 4230mAh battery , which we would take any day over the A3's (its closest predecessor) 3400mAh-only cell, especially since it puts the A5 on the same category as some full-fledged heavy-duty phones. Its forenamed battery pack promises a slightly-above-average (as of its release) 14-hour video playback time and up to 11 hours of continuous gaming.
Joining the Oppo A5's hardware pros and cons is the combination of a middling Snapdragon 450 eight-core processor clocked at 1.8GHz and a passable 4GB RAM -- the A3s, one of its siblings under Oppo 2018 catalog, runs on a similar mid-level engine, but comes with only 3GB of RAM. It also offers a hearty-enough (for a 2018 mid-ranger smartphone) 64GB internal memory that can be expanded by a maximum of 256GB using its dedicated microSD card slot, which sits alongside two nano SIM card trays.
Rounding out this Oppo model's feature set is a mirror texture design on its back surface , the Oppo-branded ColorOS 5.1 ecosystem, which is heavily-based on Android 8.1 Oreo, and a finish of either Mirror Blue or Phantom Powder (Pink).
Summing up, though the A5 could use some upgrades in terms of display quality and engine speed, it nevertheless caters to practically-minded users eying a large-screen, high-stamina smartphone.
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