While so many giants are keen to entice the consumer market with high-end devices, Oppo is one of the few remaining Chinese companies that have a keen eye on the mid-tier Android segment. After the hype on galaxies and the iPhones has finally calmed down, the likes of Oppo get to have their day targeting those of us that have a limited budget but of course with thirst for decent specs and general performance. We’ve come to associate Oppo with a special attention to selfies – especially after the “selfie revolution”, and assuming the Oppo A83 lives up to the expectation, we should see a pretty decent front camera here.
Instead of going for Apple’s iPhones neck or Samsung’s, Oppo with it’s latest A83, has decided to have target of it’s on – the mid-range market. With a starting price of Ksh 23,490 in Kenya, Oppo A83 is going to appeal to most Kenyan’s with a limited budget. But just how is the inside? Is it any good? Lets have a look at some of Oppo A83’s strong points as well as missteps.
Oppo’s A series of phones has expanded enormously and the A83 adds a new taste on the line-up. Boasting a 5.7” real estate on the screen and artificial intelligence, the lineup looks more interesting that ever. A giant sized screen ranks top among many Kenyan’s, but it comes at a cost if everything is not delicately scripted to match accordingly. For instance, a large display requires a proportionately large battery to drive that extra real-estate. And for Oppo to put 3180mah battery in Oppo A83, I must say I’m impressed.
Secondly, modern phones – at least those falling in the high-end market segment come with a reasonably packed amount of pixels. This in turn ensures clarity and crispness is not compromised. Oppo A83 however doesn’t impress here. From what it calls a HD+ resolution of 720 x 1440 pixels that results in 282 pixels per inch, Oppo A83 will not excite you here, but given the price point, i’m tempted to forgive – it isn’t so hard, trust me.
Beauty Recognition Technology – a gimmick or rather something consumers will appreciate the A83’s 8 megapixels front facing camera is capable of recognizing the gender of the selfie taker using 128 facial features. I’m certainly not sure what motivated the name “Beauty Recognition”, I mean you’d expect both genders to have some form of beauty?? If it indeed favors ladies more, I should say that could be a deal killer for many gents out there. Besides the beauty stuff, the front camera does have other functions as well, Face Unlock feature is able to unlock the mobile in under 0.20 seconds. On the other hand, the rear camera is an impressive 13MP and can shoot HD quality.
It will retail in Kenya at a price of Ksh 23,490.