Oppo recently launched the A5s in India at a price of Rs. 9,990, pitting it against some of the best value-for-money smartphones in the market including the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 (Review) and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (Review). The Oppo A5s is powered by the new MediaTek Helio P35 SoC along with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The smartphone also packs in a big 4230mAh battery that should help it outlast the competition. Is the Oppo A5s worth considering for its asking price, or should you take a look at alternatives? We put it to the test to find out.
The Oppo A5s is light and has a plastic body. The first thing that will grab your attention is the big 6.2-inch display with its waterdrop notch. It has thin bezels on the sides but the bottom chin is comparatively thicker. The earpiece is placed right above the waterdrop notch and it has been moved towards the frame of the smartphone to maximise space for the display.
The back panel of the device is made out of glossy plastic and is a fingerprint magnet, but you also get a clear case in the box that you can use. Oppo offers the A5s in two solid colours, black and red. The frame of the Oppo A5s is rounded which makes it comfortable to hold.
The power button is on the right side of the device and is well positioned. The volume buttons are on the left and are also within reach. All three buttons offer good feedback, so you won’t be second-guessing any input.
At the bottom, this phone has a loudspeaker grille, a Micro-USB port, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The top of the phone is bare, and the SIM tray is to the left. Oppo has equipped the A5s with dual Nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. The Oppo A5s has a dual camera setup and a fingerprint scanner at the back.
The 6.2-inch in-cell display on the Oppo A5s sports an HD+ resolution and has a 19:9 aspect ratio. It has decent viewing angles but doesn’t get very bright outdoors. You do have the option to adjust the colour tone of the display in the settings. Powering the Oppo A5s is the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC. This is a new processor with eight Cortex-A53 cores clocked at up to 2.3GHz, and is based on a 12nm manufacturing process. It has an integrated Imagination PowerVR GE8320 GPU for graphics.
Oppo has launched the A5s with only one configuration, which is 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The dedicated microSD card slot allows for storage expansion if needed. The Oppo A5s supports for dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, FM radio, and USB-OTG.
Oppo has managed to keep the weight and the thickness of this phone down despite its big 4230mAh battery. Unlike some other Oppo smartphones, this budget offering does not come with a VOOC rapid charger in the box, instead you’ll have to make do with a 10W charger.
We liked the display on the Oppo A5s but found the sound coming from the loudspeaker to be hollow. Sound quality is below average compared to the other smartphones we have tested in this price segment.
The Oppo A5s has a dual camera setup at the back, consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front, it has an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/2.0 aperture.
We found the camera app on the Oppo A5s easy to use. It has Portrait and Pano modes apart from the standard photo and video modes. The default photo mode has quick toggles for the flash, HDR, the timer, and filters that you can apply before taking a shot. There is a Face Beauty toggle as well. This is off by default but you can set it to “AI” or manually decide the level of beautification you want. There’s also a button for 2x digital zoom.
The Oppo A5s is positioned in the sub-Rs. 10,000 segment in India but faces very stiff competition. The highlight of the Oppo A5s is its battery life, and it can go on for close to two days before needing to be plugged in. We found the camera performance to be acceptable but we have seen better even at this price point. Finally, having just 2GB of RAM is a bottleneck and this is lower than what the other options currently in the market have to offer.