Shopping for a smartphone shouldn’t be a tedious experience, but with a flooded market, the decision can be just as hard as having the cash to buy it. But for techie consumers who have set minimum must haves, the choice can as well be limited to just a few that offers a combination of both prerequisite specifications as well as a price range that’s within reach. The new OPPO A52 packs specs that most of us would consider OK, but with recent entrants in the mid-range tier, consumers can stretch further and still get a deal out of their hard-earned cash.
Speaking of hard-earned cash, OPPO A52 is currently retailing in Kenya for a round Ksh24,000 which pits it against more than a dozen of worthy alternatives such as the Huawei Y8p going for the same amount. But the decision as to what is good or what bis bad definitely rests within you – the consumer; while some (me included) may consider a decent screen as the definite decider, others would try to balance between performance, battery life and camera experience as their ultimate preferences.
OPPO A52 packs a 6.5inch 1080P Neo-Display that should produce crisp text and vivid images with finer pixel density. I always prefer panels with dense pixels and my bare minimum is a 1080p, otherwise my sweet spot remains to be 1440p. Instead of using a notch to house the selfie camera, OPPO opted for a more advanced option – punch hole design instead. This allows the display panel to stretch from corner to corner with minimal bezels that takes about 20 percent of the panel leaving a whopping 83 percent real estate for your viewing.
Something to point out, there’s definitely something about this phones design, it just stands out from some of its peers with what the company calls a 3D Quad-curve Design. instead of placing a fingerprint sensor at the back, the company chose to side mount it within the power button which is somehow intended so you won’t miss it even in darkness. The implementation here is obviously better than let’s say having a separate button for power and fingerprint but we like under-display sensors more, they’re just fun to use and feels more premium.
As has been the trend with mi-level handsets, OPPO A52 comes with a quad rear camera setup that’s poised to capture every bit of moment regardless of the environment. However, users won’t find a bigger 48MP sensor on this device as we’ve seen on others, but it should perform just fine for simple snaps. On the front panel, there’s a 16MP selfie camera equipped with AI Beautification developed by OPPO, which is touted to match different skin tones in different scenes and lighting conditions.
Under the hood is a 5000mAh battery, one aspect we’ve come to expect from most devices coming out this year. Under normal usage, the phone should last a full day and even overlap to the next day. while there are different variants of this model, unfortunately we get one that has 4GB RAM instead of 6GB, but this should only concern those who are looking for a gaming device – I’ve detailed some of the best options you could go for but at a premium price.
OPPO A52 Specifications
|6.5 inches, 1080 x 2400 pixels
|Android v10, ColorOS 7.1
|128GB Internal 4GB RAM
|Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
|12 MP,8MP – Ultrawide, 2MP- macro and 2MP-depth
|Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity, compass
|5000 mAh battery, 18W fast charging
|Twilight Black, Stream White