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For what it costs, the A3 is definitely a great buy. It is by no means a flagship, and the clear lack of the fingerprint sensor derails the hype train a bit, but everything else is great, and the overall experience should leave you very satisfied with your purchase.
The 4 GB of RAM coupled with 128 GB internal storage should give power users enough room to work with, and the 2 GHz octa-core processor keeps things ticking very smoothly. The cameras aren’t too bad either, with a 16 MP rear and an 8 MP front camera offering a decent capture experience.
So, if you are looking to purchase a smartphone capable of power packed performances, and aren’t too fussed about using your index finger or thumb to unlock the device, then by all means, go for the Oppo A3 (when it releases in India).
On paper, the specs of the Oppo A3 look mouth-watering for a phone in its price range. A power packed processor, great RAM, decent cameras, and a behemoth display make the phone a great multimedia deal. As it is with Oppo’s reputation of making incredible-looking phones, the A3 also looks on-par with flagship designs. The clear lack of a fingerprint sensor may set many people back, though.
The Chinese manufacturer has made sure that it includes everything one would need in a phone, bar the aforementioned fingerprint sensor. If you are willing to overlook this, it would be tough to find a phone able to compete with the incredible A3.
Oppo has always been known for creating devices which are things of pure beauty. The A3 is certainly up there with the design methodology of the company, with an aluminium overall unibody and glass coverage all over. The phone is a visual treat with looks that are on par with most flagships these days.
The colour options include black, silver, red, and a soybean meal pinkish colour. The only obvious flaw in the design is the clear absence of a fingerprint sensor, and no mention of face ID unlocking anywhere in the documentation. The phone is also very lightweight, at just 159g.
The first smartphone from the A series to have a notch, the Oppo A3 has a beautiful 6.2 inch LTPS IPS LCD screen, which is a joy to behold. The pixel density is at a whopping 405 pixels per inch, which helps the Oppo A3 to display some stunning visuals. The notch and the thin bottom bezel contribute to the excellent screen to body ratio of about 82.5%.
The resolution of the screen is 2280 by 1080 pixels. The 19:9 aspect ratio is also a very desirable aspect of the display, which is, by all means, a very stunning feature of this phone.
Under the hood, the Oppo A3 houses a MediaTek Helio P60 SoC with an octa-core processor clocking in at 2 GHz, with 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal storage. The device also offers a dedicated expandable memory slot, with support up to 256 GB. The graphics processing is handled by the Mali G72 MP3 graphics processing unit, which when coupled with the processor and RAM ensures a smooth gaming experience.
The OS installed on the device is the Android 8.1 Oreo, with Oppo’s Colour OS 5.0 skin on top of it.
In the mid-range device segment, the A3’s 16 MP primary camera is very competitive. According to company claims, the camera is capable of capturing flagship-like photos, although we would like to introduce the low light photo concept to the argument. The phone camera performance is clearly much degraded in low light, which seems to be the only flaw in an otherwise excellent camera setup.
The front camera is of 8 MP, and has an f/2.2 aperture. It also offers decent performance. With dual cameras being a trend nowadays, one could possibly wonder why the company didn’t opt for a similar setup at the back, at least.
The Oppo A3 is powered by a 3400 mAh lithium-ion non-removable battery. It is enough to make the phone last through a day on regular usage. The battery capacity is enough to power the humongous 6.2-inch screen that the phone houses, although a bit more juice would have been appreciated.
Fast charging technology is supported, as one would expect, with the phone taking way less than 2 hours to charge from 0 to 100. Video playback and heavy gaming do drain the battery a bit, but the fast charge tech really helps here.
The Oppo A3 is certainly a device which is meant to make heads turn. A beautiful display, looks which can kill, and some serious power under the hood- let down only by the absence of the fingerprint sensor- the A3 is a phone worth having a look if you are considering a mid-range smartphone for yourself or loved ones. The company has done a great job in churning out an awesome phone, so, if you are ready to overlook the fingerprint sensor situation, then this phone is definitely worth what it costs.