Oppo F5 Lite
- Screen: 5.7" LTPS IPS LCD, 720 x 1440 pixels, 282 ppi
- Memory: 3GB of RAM, 32GB of inbuilt storage, microSD slot
- OS: Android 7.1.1; Color OS 3.2
- Rear camera: 13 MP, f/2.2, phase detection, auto focus, LED flash
- Front camera: 8 MP (f/2.0, 2.0 µm)
- Battery: 3,180mAh
The A83 is Oppo’s first sub ksh15,000 offering with an 18:9 aspect display. They have the premium Oppo F5 which features a 6-inch screen, but this budget A83 has a 5.7-inch display. The benefit of this is that the size of the phone is about the same as a 5.2-inch device which makes it easy to handle. Add to that the fact that the phone is just 7.7mm thin and weighs 143 grams. We love the matte finish on the back as it gives the phone a better grip and feels great to hold.
The screen impresses with slim side bezels, vivid colour and excellent brightness — it is easy to read under direct sunlight too. It comes with a preapplied screen guard which is always a welcome addition. The screen resolution of 1440 x 720 pixels keeps content fairly crisp but there are now cheaper phones with 6-inch, 18:9 screens that have a higher resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. This immediately started making the A83 feel overpriced.
The A83 has an octa core Helio P23 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage — we faced no issues with performance on the phone for day to day tasks and even gaming. The phone’s navigation, app launch and switching between running apps (over 15 apps) is butter smooth with no visible lag or sluggishness. But in terms of hardware, the competition trumps the A83 quite easily. The A83 manages to last from 9 am to 9pm regularly with mixed usage. Although there is no official fast charge support — with a 2A charger we managed to charge the device from 10 to 90% in less than 2 hours.
Camera has always been a strong point for Oppo smartphones and the A83 is no different. You get a 13MP rear camera that takes great photos in daylight as well as indoors. The only issue we noticed is that due to lack of OIS you have to be careful as handshakes often leads to soft details on the images. We were surprised by low light images as Oppo A83 managed to keep noise at bay which resulted in photos that were good enough to share on social media. The front camera also delivered similar performance — good detail, low noise and rich colour. Oppo also has a depth effect mode for the front camera to add a blurred background effect for selfies.
The A83 is Oppo’s first phone to skip a fingerprint scanner. This is because the phone comes with a face unlock feature, similar to the OnePlus 5T. It works almost as good as the OnePlus 5T as long as there is adequate lighting, but in low light it struggles to work
The defining feature of the Oppo A83 is its 18:9 screen, which is bound to attract attention. However, the phone doesn’t quite achieve a “borderless” look, with fairly prominent spaces above and below the screen. The earpiece grille and front camera are very noticeable at the top, and there’s no front flash, which is a surprising omission for a selfie-centric phone at this price level.
The metal rear shell curves around the sides of the phone, but there is a lip surrounding the front glass that felt a little scratchy. The rear camera protrudes by about 1mm and also has the same issue. The Oppo A83 is available in black and gold, and we liked the matte black finish that our review unit had. It looks good and is easy to grip. However, we’d still recommend using the snap-on plastic case that comes in the box, because the finish picks up fingerprints and light scratches very easily.
The power button is on the right, and above it is a tray with cutouts for two Nano-SIMs and one microSD card. The volume buttons are on the left. There’s a Micro-USB port, 3.5mm audio socket, and speaker grille on the bottom. As expected, the Android navigation buttons are on-screen. The big surprise is that the Oppo A83 doesn’t have a fingerprint sensor at all.
Despite having a much lower price than the Oppo F5, the A83 shares a lot of its hardware. The processor is the same; a MediaTek MT6763T (also known as the Helio P23) which has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores – four running at 2.3GHz and four running at 1.65GHz. There’s 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, plus support for microSD cards of up to 256GB. There’s Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.2 and GPS, but no NFC.
One key difference between the A83 and the F5 is that this phone has a lower resolution screen, at 720×1440 pixels. It measures 5.7 inches diagonally, which is still pretty sharp, but not the best in its class. The battery comes in at 3180mAh, and fast charging isn’t supported.
Most new phones still don’t run Android 8.0, and this one is no exception. You get Android 7.1.1 with Oppo’s custom ColorOS skin, which is unchanged from what we saw on the Oppo F5. It seems to be heavily influenced by iOS, in terms of layout as well as functionality. For starters, you have to swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to bring up a panel with all the quick settings and some app shortcuts. The Settings app has also been rearranged quite drastically. There are a few gesture and motion shortcuts that let you unlock the phone and launch directly into an app of your choice. There’s also a unique filter to protect against fake cellular base stations used by scammers, and an option to try to identify unknown callers. You can use two instances of social media apps with different accounts, and run two apps in split-screen mode (if they support it, which many of the stock apps don’t).
ColorOS has its own Web browser as well as Music, Video, and Photos apps, which duplicate the functionality of the compulsory Google apps. There’s also the Oppo AppStore in addition to the Google Play store, which has a lot of common apps and games on offer. The Themes app offers over 100 downloadable themes and wallpapers, which you can thankfully download without needing to create an account. Phone Manager contains the usual RAM and cache cleanup tools as well as an overview of all your privacy-related permissions. Other than these apps, Oppo also preloads Facebook, UC News, and Amazon Shopping. TouchPal is the default system keyboard.
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