OPPO has announced its latest lower-midrange smartphone earlier this year — the OPPO A39. We see the A39 to be a successor to the A37 which was announced last year and also a prelude to the chief F1s ‘selfie expert’ handset. Although, with the F1s upgrade, the A39 fills in as a cheaper option for those looking for a selfie-centric smartphone under Php11k. Let’s take our first look at the OPPO A39 with our unboxing and initial hands-on.
The OPPO A39 comes in a standard white box that’s attractive to buyers. We must admit, a presentable packaging delivers a good first impression plus it also gives the phone the idea of being an expensive one.
Out of the box, we get the following:
- OPPO A39 unit
- Travel charger (5V=1A)
- Quick start guide
- Warranty booklet
- SIM ejector tool
- Clear jelly phone case
The basics are covered plus there’s an included jelly case to protect your new phone from any unwanted scratches and the handset already has a pre-applied screen protector. The bundled charger is quite a bummer though as it doesn’t do fast-charging.
Let’s dive into the phone itself. The handset’s design is typical of an OPPO phone which is akin to an iPhone. It’s got a polycarbonate body with a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 protecting the 5.2-inch HD display and the whole front.
Above the display, we have the 5-megapixel selfie camera along with the earpiece and the front sensors. There are three unlit capacitive keys below for UI navigation.
The right-hand side is where the power/lock button and the card tray are found. The phone accepts two Nano-SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time. Thankfully, this is not a hybrid card slot.
The left side, on the other hand, only has the physical button for controlling volume. The sides of the phone are plastic and no cold metal is present here, aside from the card tray.
The top is voided of any ports or button and is completely empty which leaves the bottom end busy. The 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone, micro-USB port, and the loudspeaker are all cramped at the base of the phone.
The back of the handset is plain and simple. There’s the primary 13-megapixel shooter with its LED flash at the upper-left corner while the shiny OPPO branding sits in the middle. Don’t let the cuts deceive you of the material of the panel as they are just for aesthetic value — it’s polycarbonate all the way.
Inside is an MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz with the Mali-T860 GPU. There’s 3GB of RAM for memory and 32GB of expandable storage for your files. Of course, there’s 4G LTE onboard complete with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Battery-wise, a 2900mAh non-removable cell powers it up.
Running on the phone is Color OS 3.0 that’s still based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. This makes the phone 2 versions behind of the current Android release. Nonetheless, OPPO’s customization is skin deep and the overall experience is iOS-like.
OPPO A39 specs:
5.2-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels, 282ppi
2.5D Gorilla Glass 4
1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor
32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB
13-megapixel autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
5-megapixel front-facing camera
GPS w/ A-GPS
2900mAh non-removable battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Color OS 3.0
We’ll be taking the phone for a full spin in the coming days. The handset is already available nationwide in OPPO stores and kiosk for Php10,990. If you have any particular queries about the A39, hit the comments section below.