Launched last November 2016, the electronics manufacturer that was based in Guangdong, China, the Oppo Electronics Corp. continuous to produce a budget friendly smartphone and this time it made the selfie experience an enjoyable one as it introduced the new Oppo A57. As its selling point, the Oppo A57 was made by Oppo to be a selfie-oriented one targeting the budget conscious customer as it boasts the whopping 16megapixel front facing camera.
The Oppo A57 is slim and light and was designed pretty much like its old sibling the F1s, though Oppo A57 is a less premium one compared to the latter which is understandable, as the A57 is a budget friendly one. The build quality is sturdy and solid, thanks to the metal frame and the 2.5D curved glass screen is protected by a Gorilla Glass 4. The matte texture gives you a good grip for a one hand operation of the phone. The Oppo A57 misses out on a few features, such as the backlit capacitive buttons but Oppo did not compromise the security features as it still comes with a fingerprint scanner. The device delivers a 5.2 inch IPS display with a 720 X 1280 pixel resolution with 282 pixels per inch density. Even at a 720p resolution, the text is still sharp and the images are fairly sharp even when viewed from the usual distance, while the viewing angles are good and the color reproduction is nicely saturated. One good thing about the Oppo A57 is that it has a dedicated slot for a memory expansion where you can insert your micro SD card up to 256 GB and it doesn’t require you to compromise in using your two Nano SIM cards.
The Oppo A57 is powered by the octa-core Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435, supported by 3 GB of RAM that runs in Android 6.0 Marshmallow. In terms of performance, the Snapdragon 435 is on par with the mediate MT6750 that can be seen on Oppo F1s. On top of Android 6.0 is the iOS influence Color OS 3.0 where the interface works very well despite being a significant customization. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G, and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, and Gyroscope.
Even as a budget smartphone, the hardware department is still delivering a good experience for this phone. The fingerprint scanner works fast and relatively well, and you can also use it to lock an apps and files. The camera is in the same camera configuration as the F1s as the rear shooter is a 13 megapixel while the front facing is a 16 megapixel performer for your selfie needs. The Oppo A57 front camera delivers a decent well detailed and sharp image or a selfie in good lightning conditions but it performs poorly in low light situations as the images becomes grainy. The screen flash also is very weak unless you really put the phone near your face while the rear camera also delivers a pretty good job in ambient lightning. The battery hardware is a 2900 mAh non-removable one which can easily last for a day on a single charge.
The Oppo A57 is packaged in thea same manner as its older sibling, the Oppo F1s, but at more affordable price point. Yes, it has a big megapixel count in the front facing shooter, but it is not a perfect as it also suffers in low light situations. But considering the price point, the Oppo a57 is good buy, especially if you’re a selfie lover.