Oppo has been a consistent market leader in the budget segment offering a great camera experience with their devices. The company even uses its camera system as a strong marketing tool in its different tiers of devices. The A series from Oppo has been one of their bestselling devices in the entry-level budget segment. The company recently launched the OPPO A57, the latest in their A series on 1st September 2022 in Bangladesh. Here’s a detailed look at different aspects so that you can decide whether the A57 can be your next smartphone or not.
Key Specifications of Oppo A57
Design and Build Quality
Oppo has been nailing the design of their smartphones for quite some time now. More often than not, it is seen that brands directly incorporate different elements of their flagship devices in the mid-range or budget devices. It is done to streamline the offering across budget segments.
But Oppo has created a separate distinct design statement for all of its lineups and the A57 follows suit in that regard. Opening the box, users will be greeted with a refractive polished back and a polished color marched chrome frame.
The back and the frame of the device are made from plastic while the glass front doesn’t have any protection rating. The choice of material is understandable at this price segment and beyond the materials, Oppo has done a very good job at creating a device that looks more premium than it actually is.
The headphone jack is still present on the A57 making it still relevant for budget and mid-range consumers. The other ports and buttons are present as usual. In a typical Oppo fashion, the power button and the volume rockers are on the opposite side of each other.
The power button also doubles as the fingerprint scanner. It's accurate but it could be a tad bit faster.
The only gripe that we have with the overall device is the lack of a secondary microphone which would have significantly increased the call quality of the device.
Other than that, the Oppo A57 is a well-built device that will be well worth the price it comes at.
The display of the Oppo A57 is a 6.56-inch IPS LCD panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate. the 6.56-inch has become a sweet size between smaller and larger phones. But the size of the device gets expounded with the large chin on the bottom and the overall side bezels.
This phone will feel to be much larger compared to the screen real estate it comes with. The smooth 90 Hz refresh rate is a welcomed addition at this price point. But the panel also boasts some drawbacks.
We have seen AMOLED panels in this price range but the A57 still features an IPS LCD one. The panel also has a peak brightness of 600 nits with a typical max brightness of 480 nits. This grossly falls short in comparison to any AMOLED panels.
Outdoor visibility is decent at best, nothing great. To make matters even bleaker, the display is a 720P one with a 269 ppi density.
Viewing angles of the panels are good but overall resolution and brightness certainly come up as a drawback for the device.
Oppo A57 features a dual camera setup with a 13 MP main camera and a 2 MP depth sensor. The main camera is the primary feature here as the secondary depth sensor only works for portrait shots.
The camera housing on the back of the device might make things look like there are two very large sensors here. But in reality, the camera on the Oppo A57 can be considered average at best.
With just two sensors, it's apparent that other features like wide angle and macro or telephoto shots will be unavailable. And honestly, it's kind of better that Oppo didn’t try to make the camera experience gimmicky by incorporating underperforming lenses.
Speaking of performance, the main sensor does relatively well. Pictures look detailed with a wide dynamic range. But these shots are only outdoors in brightly lit conditions. Anything less than optimum lighting and the performance falls apart.
Low light images have grains and noises which might be a dealbreaker for many. With just 13 MP resolution and the processing power it comes with, we can’t really expect anything more from it. The front camera is also just a generic 8 MP one. It will get the job done but it will not produce outstanding pictures.
The videography, as expected, is just 1080P at 30 fps. The limitation of the sensor combined with the lack of processing power is the main reason for limited videography.
Processor and Performance
The Oppo A57 sports a MediaTek Dimensity 810 processor based on the 6 Nm architecture. The processor has a chip design of 2 2.4 GHz Cortex-A76 and 6 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55 processors.
Even though it is an entry-level processor, the 6 Nm architecture provides impressive efficiency in performance and battery management. However, it doesn’t mean that the device will be able to crunch processor-heavy tasks. Users will see that the device runs well in its day-to-day tasks like browsing the web or social media. But the performance starts to throttle with more processor-heavy tasks like 3D gaming. Titles like COD and Asphalt 9 run on medium settings but even then, the device heats up pretty easily.
So, if you’re planning to buy this device for heavy use, it might not perform up to the expected mark.
Battery and Charge Time
The phone comes equipped with a 5000 mAh battery. There is a 33W fast charging with this device which will top up the device in no time. In our test, we found that a single charge will last the device for about 8 to 10 hours of continued usage.
Price of Oppo A57 in Bangladesh
Oppo A57 is officially available in Bangladesh on a pre-order basis right now. The price of the 4/64 GB variant is 17,990 BDT. However, the price is subject to change depending upon company policy and other issues.
Oppo has been a reliable brand in the budget segment for quite some time now. However, the A57 seems to have missed a few key specs which other brands are providing at this price point such as a better camera and AMOLED display. Beyond these two obvious drawbacks, the OPPO A57 is a solid device with great build quality and moderate performance. If you are looking for a standard budget phone under 20000 tk, you may consider OPPO A57.