OPPO A92 Review
OPPO is releasing another midrange smartphone with five cameras, a Snapdragon 665 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and a 5,000mAh battery. If you recall, these are the same specifications seen in the OPPO A9 2020. Is the A92 a refresh, or an improved successor to the A9 2020? Find out here!
Design and Construction
Design-wise, the A92 has a 3D curved glasstic back with concentric circle design. The unit we have is in the Twilight black color, and it’s also available in Aurora Purple and Shining White. The curved sides are a nice touch, as it makes the phone easy to grip.
Also found at the back are its quad rear cameras, along with the LED flash and OPPO branding.
On the right is the power button, which doubles as the fingerprint sensor.
Meanwhile, located on the left are the volume rocker and card tray for two nano-sized SIM cards and a microSD card up to 256GB. The buttons are made of plastic but are firm, clicky, and well-positioned, so they’re easier to reach.
At the bottom, we have the 3.5mm audio jack, primary microphone, USB Type-C port, and a loudspeaker.
Overall, the A92 can be a little hefty, but it feels solid and pristine at the same time, thanks to its modern design.
Display and Multimedia
Up front, we get a 6.5-inch Full HD+ IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 2400 x 1080p. While the bezels and the chin are still similar to the A9 2020, it now houses the 16MP front camera in a punch-hole module located on the top left corner of the screen.
The display quality is fine for day to day use. We get vibrant colors, pretty decent viewing angles, great contrast for reading, and enough brightness under direct sunlight. You can also adjust the screen temperature in the settings to whatever your eyes prefer.
As for audio, the OPPO A92’s earpiece also functions as a loudspeaker, complimenting the downward-firing speaker. The combination is enough to fill a room and still manages to deliver decent audio, but the audio profile leans more on the mids, so better take advantage of the headphone jack if that’s not your thing.
Moving over to the cameras, the OPPO A92 comes with five cameras, including a 48MP primary, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth sensor. While in the notch area is for the 16MP selfie shooter.
Photos taken from the rear cameras look good especially under natural lighting, photos come out sharp with accurate colors as we would like them to be. But the edge detection in portrait shots needs a little more work with the background blur.
When it comes to low light shots, we’re impressed with OPPO’s new Night Mode as it does improve the quality of shots in certain dark situations, with less noise, details are present, and there’s just about the right amount of sharpness to the images. Check out the sample photos below:
Selfies are also decent. We also get great details, colors, and skin tones, but it still struggles under poor lighting conditions. There’s some skin smoothening going on even without the beauty mode turned on. And with the AI option on, selfies look decent as well. Check out our sample selfies below:
And when it comes to videos, you can shoot up to 4k 30fps, and it also has EIS for stabilized videos. The only downside here is that switching from ultra-wide to normal during recording is not applicable. Check out the sample video below:
OS, UI, and Apps
The OPPO A92 runs on Android 10 skinned with ColorOS 7.1 out of the box. It’s highly customizable and packs a lot of OPPO’s native apps. If you’ve been an OPPO user, you won’t lose your way around. There’s an app drawer option in the settings, and you can easily adjust the navigation buttons the way you want them to be arranged.
As for biometrics, you can unlock the phone via the side-mounted fingerprint scanner and its face-unlock. Both were snappy and reliable, able on them.
Performance and Benchmarks
Moving on to performance, a Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is found under the hood.
The phone fared well in our day to day use, as it handled basic tasks such as messaging, reading, browsing the web, and social media well. Handling too many apps in the background, however, lead to a laggy experience despite the generous 8GB of RAM. When it comes to gaming performance, it’s quite disappointing, despite OPPO boasting its Hyper Boost Engine, we’ve noticed some frame drops even at the lowest settings.
Now taking a look at these benchmark scores, they’re not the best that you can get in this price range, but it still provides a good experience:
- AnTuTu – 186,003
- Geekbench – 308 (Single-Core), 1,167 (Multi-Core)
- 3D Mark SSE – 1,120 (OpenGL ES 3.1), 1,113 (Vulkan)
- PC Mark – 6,278 (Work 2.0)
- AndroBench – 501.86 MB/s (Read), 197.5 MB/s (Write)
Keeping the device running is a massive 5,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast charging.
In the PC Mark battery test, we got a total of 11 hours and 47 minutes. Meanwhile, in our standard video loop test, which involves looping a 1080p video at 50% brightness 50% volume, headphones plugged in, airplane mode on, we yielded a total of 17 hours and 20 minutes.
While the OPPO A92 did not reach the 20+ hours on our video loop test, it was able to last a whole day of continuous use with a side of casual gaming.
Priced at PHP 15,990, the OPPO A92 sits in the mid-range category. As such, it’s not an easy phone to recommend considering its aging chipset and similar specs with the A9 2020. Additionally, there are other devices from competitors that can deliver better performance for the same price range.
That being said, the OPPO A92 is still a reliable daily driver with its large display, premium-looking design, decent cameras, massive battery, and dual stereo speakers that you can’t find in other phones at this price point.
If you’re an OPPO fan, then this device would be able to offer you a decent Android experience without breaking the bank. As long as you’re not into heavy games, the A92 definitely deserves your consideration.
OPPO A92 specs:
6.5-inch FHD+ IPS LCD (2400 x 1080) display
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 2.0GHz octa-core CPU
Adreno 610 GPU
128GB UFS 2.1
MicroSD Card support
Quad rear cameras:
• 48MP F1.7 (main)
• 8MP, 119-degree (ultra-wide)
• 2MP (macro)
• 2MP (depth)
16MP front camera
Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
3.5mm audio jack
Dual stereo speakers w/ Hi-Res Audio and DIRAC support
ColorOS 7.1 (Android 10)
5,000mAh battery w/ 18W fast charging
Twilight Black, Shining White
With inputs from AJ Viray