Oppo A5s Review: Big battery wrapped in a classy chassis

Oppo A5s Review
The Oppo A5s is priced at Rs. 9,990

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The Oppo A5s packs a big 4,230mAh battery, a tall 19:9 display with a tiny notch, dual cameras, and more. But is that enough to bag the badge of a good phone in the Rs 10,000 segment? Find out in our Oppo A5s review.

As the budget is playing the brand specification war of the smartphone segment, the competition is getting faded. Phone manufacturers are offering top-of-the-line hardware not only in some parts of the cost but also phones with a genuine style statement. 

Oppo is among those who, together with an attractive design, has been consistent in producing phones with unique features and good hardware. Now, with its latest budget Oppo A5S smartphone, the company aims to attract buyers' attention by offering a large battery and decent cameras wrapped in a classy chassis.
Oppo A5s Review
The Oppo A5s sports a 6.2-inch display with a waterdrop notch

Oppo A5s shares many specifications and features with the Oppo A7, excluding self-camera and chipsets. The Oppo A5s has a large 4,230mAh battery, a small notch, dual camera and more with a 19: 9 display. But is it enough to fill a good phone badge in the section of Rs 10,000? Read our Oppo A5s review to find out.

Design and Display

Oppo A5s has shared DNA of some of the company's latest devices, including some names like Oppo F9 Pro, Oppo A7, and Oppo K1. The device has a contemporary look, and edge-to-edge performance with a small notch and large screen-to-body ratio. 
Oppo A5s Review
Oppo A5s Review

Nowadays, every other phone manufacturer is giving a watermark-style noticed display for a more immersive experience, and Oppo A5 is no exception.

The frame of the phone is made of metal. While smooth shiny rear panels look good, it suffers from fingerprints and smear. The handset may look great in black, but the Oppo can offer a shield design option as it is the current trend. 

Still, the accent of sleeping around the horizontal double-rear camera setup and the fingerprint sensor adds flares to it. Unlike circular, there is an oval shaped fingerprint sensor, which is very high. This can be an issue for many because it is slightly more to reach.

For display, Oppo A5s has a 6.2-inch HD + display with an aspect ratio of 19: 9. The display provides vivid colors, and the brightness level is quite decent. We did not have any issues during external visibility. 

The front panel is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 layer. Some people may find a problem with the lack of options to hide the notch, but the Waterdrop design is quite unexpected.

Performance, software

The Oppo A5s is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 SoC, which is currently giving power to the Honor A8 Pro and Vivo Y17 smartphones. 
Oppo A5s Review
Oppo A5s Review

Octa-Core Cortex-A53 MediaTek Helio P35 SoC is built on TSMC's 12nm FinFET node, which has been seen at 2.3GHz. Oppo A5s comes with 2GB / 4GB RAM and 32GB / 64GB internal storage option.

Oppo A5s runs normal and social media apps fairly. However, we saw a slight interval while switching between apps. There was also a noticeable interval in launching some apps. 

The handset is enough to watch binge, and it has done well with very casual games. In addition, Face Unlock works fine, and a fingerprint sensor is very good.

Oppo A5S, which is OSO's Custom OS, which is ColorOS 5.2. It is based on the dated Android 8.1, which is disappointing. But, you also get lots of shortcuts, gestures, and features. 

Smart sidebar, game space, multi-screen, kid space, a bunch of different security options and more. The ColorOS in-depth notification of Oppo also provides notification permission and management system options, which is very good.

Great battery life

The Oppo A5s offers a great battery life. It is fueled by a big 4,230mAh. With general usage, which includes slight messaging, browsing, a bit of binge-watching and casual gaming, the handset managed to deliver more than one and a half days of battery life, without running out of juice. 
Oppo A5s Review
Oppo A5s Review

The battery optimization algorithm works well, but you might get annoyed as it kills background apps to hinder them from draining the battery. But, you can lock the app that you don’t want to get killed in the background. One can even head to the settings menu and turn battery optimization off.

Camera performance

In Oppo A5s, a 13-megapixel primary sensor with f / 2.2 aperture and the 2-megapixel sensor is provided with f / 2.4 aperture, which aids both sensings as well as 2x zooms. Everything is good in daylight with good enough details. 
Oppo A5s Review
Oppo A5s Review

However, you will also notice the lack of softness and sharpness of some corners. Color reproduction is medium, but HDR mode really works well. It helps in keeping details and giving better shots.

Macros looked quite decent with punchy colors and enough details. For portrait shots, edge detection is not bad. Overall, you can get decent shots, which you can confidently share through your social media account. 

But do not try to analyze the pictures in depth, because you will see softness, minimal detail and color reproduction.

During low light, the camera fights a bit and you get passive shots. At night, the focusing speed falls even more and it takes time to give the final output. The front has an 8-megapixel selfie camera with f / 2.0 lens. 

Under the sunlight, good selfies can be taken. But, the AI ​​betting feature is very aggressive, and we ended up with poor skin soft effects and white skin tone, resulting in artificial shots. In addition, edge detection of Front Portrait mode does not work well.

Oppo A5s: Should you buy it? 

Oppo A5s Review
Oppo A5s Review

The Oppo A5s is a classy looking smartphone, and its big 4,230mAh battery is its strongest point. 

If you are looking for a budget phone with contemporary waterdrop-style notch display design, a big 6.2-inch panel, a great battery, and decent cameras, then you can buy the Oppo A5s. 

At Rs 9,990, the device will face tough competition from its counterparts, including Xiaomi Redmi Note 7, Redmi Y3 and Realme 3.

Buy Oppo A5s (Rs 9,490) from Amazon

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