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OPPO A5s: Flashy Looks, Big Battery in Small Budget

The facial recognition also worked better in comparison to the predecessors in OPPO’s A series

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OPPO announces world’s 1st under-screen camera phone. (Wikimedia Commons)

By Radhika Parashar

The market war in the budget smartphone segment in India is getting fiercer by the day. Not only are the smartphone players dropping prices, but they are also clubbing the best of hardware with internals in a premium package.

Chinese smartphone-maker OPPO’s newly-launched A5s that is available at a starting price of Rs 9,990 competes with the likes of Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 and Realme C2 (which was once OPPO’s own sub-brand).

The smartphone was launched in 32GB and 64GB storage variants coupled with either 2GB or 4GB RAM in black, gold, green and red colours.

We reviewed the 2GB RAM+32GB storage variant in black colour. We used it for almost a week and here’s what we think of it.

The polycarbonate back of the smartphone was glossy and reflected some light. However, it lacked a mirror finish due to the lack of glass, thus, making the device look very flashy.

The 13MP+2MP dual rear camera is placed in the upper left side of the smartphone alongside LED flash, encircled around which is a copper coloured rim.

Beneath the camera set-up lies the oval-shaped snappy fingerprint sensor; OPPO’s humble logo sits underneath it.

The camera app supports basic panorama, HDR, and video modes along with portrait mode that produced decent images in ample light. However, the absence of bokeh mode was disappointing.

While the left edge of the phone hosts the dual SIM card tray and the volume rockers, the power button is placed on the right edge of the device.

Having a dedicated SD-card slot would give the users expanded internal storage up to 256GB and use two SIM cards simultaneously.

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OPPO said it would work together with industry partners worldwide to develop a new 5G ecosystem. (IANS)

The lower edge of the phone houses speakers, charging port as well as the audio jack input.

The OPPO A5s features a 6.2-inch dew drop-style HD+ display. While the screen size is comfortable for indoor gaming and video browsing, it gets flat in bright sunlight.

The notch cutout houses the 8MP selfie camera, which worked well indoors as well as outdoors.

However, pictures shot in low light appeared grainy.

The selfie shooter supports HDR mode which resulted in balanced colour reproduction.

However, the Artificial Intelligence (AI)-based beautification resulted in skin softening that looked quited artificial.

The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 Tru-Octa Core processor. The device runs ColorOS based on Android 8.1 Oreo operating system (OS).

We found the phone lag while multitasking and launching multiple apps that was because of pre-installed bloatware in the phone.

The device is fuelled by a large 4,320mAh battery that lasted for a day after moderate use.

The USB 2.0 charger that comes bundled with the smartphone took slightly over two hours to completely charge the device. The device did not heat-up while in use or on charge.

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The facial recognition also worked better in comparison to the predecessors in OPPO’s A series.

Conclusion: With decent looks, dual rear camera and a big battery, the OPPO A5s is a package that can entice a large number of buyers. But in terms of performance, it faces tough competition from Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7, Redmi Y3 and Realme 3. (IANS)

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Sony Releases Android 10 Roadmap for 8 Smartphones: Report

The information regarding company's move was spotted in the latest version of Google's GMS requirements

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Pedestrians walk past an exterior wall of Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles, California, Dec. 4, 2014. That year, Sony became the victim of a cyber hack by North Korean operatives from the Lazarus Group. VOA

Japanese electronics-maker Sony has released the list of smartphones that will be updated to Android 10, starting December.

Sony Xperia 1 and Xperia 5 will be the first set of devices to taste the latest iteration of Android, the company said in a statement recently.

Meanwhile, Xperia 10 and 10 Plus, will get the update in early 2020, alongside older devices like the Xperia XZ2, XZ2 Compact, XZ2 Premium, and XZ3.

Older flagship devices like the Xperia XZ1 were notably excluded from the list.

Android 10 the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, has been available for over 2 months now and is currently available on devices from Google, Essential, OnePlus, Xiaomi and Nokia.

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Sony to restructure its mobile division as well.

Samsung, Huawei and LG have also started beta programs for some of their devices.

Additionally, the US-based search giant is making it compulsory for smartphone manufacturers to ship devices with Android 10 after January 31, 2020.

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After the above mentioned date, Google will only approve new devices running the latest Android version, Android 10 and the company will stop approving new devices running Android 9 Pie.

The information regarding company’s move was spotted in the latest version of Google’s GMS requirements. (IANS)