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OPPO A57 Hands-on, First Impressions




OPPO’s newest device landing in the country is the A57, a mid-range phone packed with a Snapdragon chip, 3GB of RAM and a 16MP selfie camera. Here’s your first look at the brand’s latest selfie smartphone.

Starting with the packaging, it is reminiscent with the previous OPPO devices with a paper cover holding the box tightly. Inside the device are the phone wrapped in plastic, a SIM card ejector, a clear case, a few paper booklets for manuals, and the usual set of white earphones, microUSB cable, and a 1A charger (sorry, no VOOC).

Our unit dons a black color all over, which the company has been releasing for its smartphones since the F3 Plus back in April. The front part consists of a 16-megapixel rear camera, a few sensors, a call speaker grill. a 5.2-inch display and a fingerprint scanner below that also serves as the home key. Two buttons are also at the sides of the fingerprint scanner (multitasking switch button and back button), which does not illuminate. A screen guard over the whole 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 is pre-installed and serves as a protection against front-facing bumps, falls, and scratches.

On the left side of the device are two keys that let you operate the volume, while the power/lock button is located at the right, Just right above it is the SIM/microSD card tray. We’re happy to find out that the A57 has dedicated slots for both two nano SIM cards and the microSD card.

At the bottom are the 3.5mm audio jack, microphone, microUSB port, and a mono loudspeaker grill. The edges are chamfered for a better hand grip.

The 13-megapixel rear camera is at the upper-left corner along with the accompanying LED Flash, while the OPPO logo is at the center, and two gap lines at opposite ends remind you of the company’s current device design. When it comes to its build, the body is made of plastic but of good quality. The matte black color gives off a modest yet luxurious feel, however, it still attracts fingerprint smudges from time to time.

Going back to the cameras, we took a few sample shots from both the front and back shooters. Check them out below:

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 chip, coupled with 3GB of RAM, does help in managing tasks on the phone as have not experienced performance hiccups at this point. We’ve played Hungry Shark Evolution with no stutters or lags at all. We got an initial score of 43,270 with AnTuTu during our first run.

OPPO A57 specs:
5.2-inch HD IPS display @ 720 x 1280 px, 282ppi
2.5D curved glass
Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core CPU
Adreno 505 GPU
3GB RAM
32GB internal storage
up to 256GB via microSD (dedicated)
13MP rear camera, f/2.2 aperture with PDAF, LED flash
16MP front camera, f/2.0 aperture, 1.12 µm
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby (nano)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, A-GPS
Fingerprint scanner
OPPO ColorOS  3.0 (based on Android 6 Marshmallow)
2,900mAh battery
149.1 x 72.9 x 7.65 mm
147g

The OPPO A57 is officially priced at Php11,990 and will be available in OPPO stores and authorized dealers within the week. We’re taking the A57 for a full review, so stay tuned.



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