OPPO officially arrived in Italy. One of the two products presented on our territory, R15 Pro, has impressed us, thanks also to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset. But the device that we will analyze in this article undertakes another type of route, turning on a SoC MediaTek: and in this case prejudices are wasted. Among the users this choice is not always well seen, even in the face of the myriad of oriental-style Android products that have not entirely optimal performance. OPPO A3 try to subvert every kind of speech, presenting itself as a mid-range product that wants to rival the market, even with a SoC MediaTek. So we do not waste any more time and we immediately analyze it in detail, inside our own review.

OPPO A3 review

Unboxing

The sales box presents, inside, these components:

  • Oppo A3;
  • in-ear earphones;
  • micro USB cable;
  • wall power supply with Italian socket;
  • short instruction manual;
  • SIM slot card;
  • TPU cover.

Design and materials

OPPO A3 is a device well assembled, and even under stress does not present crunches or problems of any kind. Although there are lines that are not entirely original, it offers a fairly small weight, equal to 159 g. The overall dimensions are, instead, of 156 x 75 x 7.8 mm. These features give it excellent maneuverability that makes it pleasant to use this smartphone on every occasion.

Structurally speaking, the back cover is really endearing, thanks to the particular play of lights created by a solution that provides several layers of glass and metal overlapping. To stop this plot we find a single rear camera, slightly protruding from the profile of the smartphone, and a single LED flash.

Oppo A3

The entire perimeter frame is completely made of polished metal and presents all the hardware components that allow us to interact directly with the smartphone. In fact, on the lower profile we find the system speaker, the entrance Micro USB, the main microphone and the entrance mini-jack by 3.5 mm.

The two keys of the volume rocker find space on the left profile, while on the right frame are positioned the Power button and the SIM slot. On the upper part, however, the second microphone for reducing environmental noise has been located.

There is no biometric sensor, not even under the display. Frontally the terminal is free from any component, with the exception of the headset capsule, the camera and the proximity and brightness sensors, all set inside the notch. OPPO has decided to focus on its own system facial unblock, which compared to the results obtained is really reliable.

On the official website the company promises a reaction time of 8 tenths of a second. And this data is probably respected, because during the day the release is lightning. You need to lift the device and when the screen turns on you can already enter, with a swipe upward, inside the home.

You do not even have to worry about wearing a pair of glasses or a hat, because artificial intelligence will still be able to identify your face, thanks to 128 facial recognition points that scan the subject's features. Thanks to this type of technology it is possible to obtain excellent results even in the evening, where with a minimal source of light on the face you can unlock the device with times comparable to those obtained during the day. The same is true even in the dark, provided you select a fairly high screen brightness.

Oppo A3

Display

The OPPO A3 display is a unit from 6.2 inches of diagonal, of matrix IPS, in Full HD + (2280 x 1080 pixels). The screen / surface ratio is equal to88% and the panel has a format in 19:9, due to the presence of the upper notch. The brightness sensor, embedded within the upper notch, is quite responsive in almost every occasion. But as regards the quality of the panel it is necessary to analyze different aspects, starting from the viewing angles that are really good.

As for the colors, this panel has, moreover, well-defined whites which are difficult to change even with different inclinations of the smartphone. This is definitely one of the points in favor of the device, which together with aexcellent brightness of the screen and a good responsiveness of the touch panel make it one of the best devices of mid-range devoted to multimedia. Even in the writing phase we find, in fact, a very responsive and precise device, without any slowdown.

 

Oppo A3

Il notch allows you to take advantage of, as can be seen from the same photos, a larger display area. OPPO has decided to take the opportunity, in this case, to make the most of this excess space. Although notifications are not viewable, except in the notification drop-down or on the lock screen, it's possible call up some shortcuts with horizontal display. During a game session on Real Racing 3 you can, for example, recall this small control bar, thus expanding the functions multitasking of the product and elevating them to a higher level.

Oppo A3

Hardware

OPPO A3 mounts a chipset MediaTek Helio P60, with a CPU octa-core able to emit a maximum clock frequency equal to 2 GHz. And this is a power that manages very well all the resources of the system, even with the help of some last technological find. On this device there are, in fact, two APU (AI Processing Unit) that work synergistically to better manage memory consumption RAM, which in this case consists of well 4 GB of space.

And certainly it is also thanks to this system if you never feel the need to eliminate some application in the background. The smartphone is, in fact, always fluid and the opening times of the app are satisfactory. In addition, there is no sudden crash or restart, defining this OPPO A3 as a truly reliable smartphone.

With regard to the the memory mass we find a unit from well 128 GB, which are further expandable via microSD up to 256 GB. It will be possible to download, therefore, many applications without any problem, including several games. And with reference to the latter it is worth mentioning the presence of one ARM GPU Mali-G72 MP3 by well 800 MHz, which allows you to enjoy a really good fluidity for a device in this market. The frame-rate is very satisfying with any title and there is never any particular slowing down, even after tens of minutes of constant gaming. On the rear, there is a slight overheating of the body which, after a few minutes, may slightly annoy.

Software

Obviously this section, related to software, is closely linked with the speech undertaken a few lines ago. On board we find, as usual, the ColorOS 5.1, Based on Android 8.1.0 Oreo. The level of customization of ColorOS is really very broad, managing to manage different functions.

To take full advantage of the device screen you can choose, for example, between 4 different navigation bars. Among these 4 methods there is also the one closest to the Apple philosophy: you can eliminate the keys on the screen and use only the full screen gestures which, incidentally, work perfectly.

The notch, moreover, can be managed intelligently, limiting the full-screen view for some applications. Many of these are not yet prepared, in fact, to a wide view, which provides for the presence of the aforementioned top notch (see Instagram). In the home, with a swipe on the left, you reach a screen of quick functions, thanks to which you can check weather, pedometers, events and many other activities.

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Connectivity

within the triple SIM slot they can be used simultaneously well two Nano SIMs plus one micro SD. But with regard to the most important part about connectivity, this smartphone presents a module Wi-Fi ac Dual Band from the excellent performances, even in the most "dark" corners of the house. The LTE network is equally functional and allows, among other things, to exploit the 20 band. With the Fastweb 4G I have not felt any disruption in the connection to the network, which is characterized by a truly remarkable general quality.

Some problems to report on, however, the notifications. The latter are not always implemented instantly by the system and happen to have to enter the app voluntarily to receive them all together. Also with the Bluetooth 4.2 I recorded some problems, mainly in connection with the Mi Band 2. The GPS however, it was satisfactory both for its speed in signal coupling and for the precision offered during navigation.

Photographic quality

Embedded in the back cover we find a single sensor from 16 mega-pixels, officially not better identified. All daytime shots present colors not too bright but that, however, are well balanced. The attention to detail is not very high and you can easily notice zooming on the image. As for lighting, however, the best work is done byCar HDR which helps to manage the background light slightly better, while not distorting the quality of the photo itself.

Di will beunfortunately, the quality drops but the photographic noise remains quite limited. We notice an important loss of details but it is a compromise that necessarily must be dropped on a device of this type. The lights are not badly managed and only in more difficult situations the camera tends to slightly burn the most exposed subjects.

The single LED flash manages, in fact, to manage the light beam well. The same cannot be said using the "Light filling"Which keeps the LED constantly on, offering more power and a lighter shade. From another point of view, however, it is not optimally controlled by the software, which in this case burns the most illuminated parts.

The software also allows you to take advantage ofbokeh effect typical of SLR cameras, which on the back seems not to differ much from the natural depth offered by the sensor itself.

Surely the system performs a better job before, thanks to a sensor from 8 mega-pixels that qualitatively defends itself well, even if it does not excel in any particular characteristic. Also this sensor allows the use ofHDR and of the front flash, which consists of the classic setting of the white screen on the device. The shots are quite good in all the profiles, resulting an excellent ally of social sharing.

I video, finally, they are turned into 1080p and have poor stabilization, a good digital autofocus and a discreet quality both in terms of colors and image definition.

Audio

THEaudio returned by the lower speaker is valid from the qualitative point of view, although not expressing a very high power and substantial bassi. But it is still possible to listen through headphones, in this case facilitated by the presence of the increasingly rare entry mini-jack. In this last case, in fact, the situation improves sharply. Through headset capsule you can enjoy clean and clear calls, both for us and for our interlocutor, who will have no problem with the audio.

Autonomy

OPPO A3 mounts a battery from 3400 mAh. Unfortunately, the ColorOS does not allow you to consult in detail the battery consumption and no external app has proved to be reliable from this point of view. Approximately, therefore, it is possible to arrive poco over dinner time, with an intense use of social, games (for about two hours) and calls (about an hour), starting from about 9 in the morning. All this almost exclusively under the network Wi-Fi.

Bottom Data connection for most of the day it reached 10% poco before 19pm, always under stress. We are obviously not talking about a champion of autonomy. But considering the size and resolution of the screen, combined with a CPU with a 12 nmwe are on good levels.

La recharge complete takes place in poco less than 1 45 hours and minutes. And this thanks to the included charger, which presents an output a 5V, 4A.

OPPO A3 Review - Conclusions and price

OPPO A3 It is sold in Italy, at the MediaWorld stores, at a recommended price of 299 €. In my opinion the amount requested for this smartphone is still too high, but it would take about 50 euros less to make it one of the best mid-range phones. The technical characteristics are, in fact, very respectable and it is surely one of the MediaTek devices better managed from all points of view, starting from reliability. I do not think that its performance could have been better with another processor of this range, a sign that the company has worked really well in optimizing the smartphone.