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OPPO A83 Review – Budget Gaming Smartphone of 2018

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A few weeks ago, OPPO Philippines launched a pretty convincing for gamers which is priced at Php 9,990. It is actually a carbon-copy of the OPPO F5 Youth but what’s the difference and what makes this new smartphone great for gaming?


As for the exterior, it’s pretty much the same as the F5 and F5 Youth, and as you can see, it still comes with a 1440 x 720 fullview display. And as any 18:9 smartphone, the fingerprint scanner is not present at the front, but for the A83, it is also not present on the back. Well, it’s a way to keep it under Php 10,000. The sides are pretty much the same as the F5 and the F5 Youth as well. It comes with a dual sim tray, also all the ports are located at the bottom of the phone – a micro USB 2.0 and a 3.5 mm audio jack.


Now, going back to the display, I have mentioned that it is only at 1440 x 720 compared to the F5 and the F5 Youth’s 1080×2160, but it is really decent and it’s a must for keeping the price under Php 10,000. Even though it’s just 1440 x 720, its really good and I don’t find any faults in it, even the pre-installed screen protector is really great too.


Now, moving over to the user experience. We find the A83 pretty nifty for its size and beyond that, it is basically equipped with the same Color OS version as the F5 and F5 Youth. So, I believe that whenever the F5 and the F5 Youth will get an update, the A83 will too.


As for the cameras, the camera of the A83, specifically the rear camera, is the same as the F5 Youth’s. It is the same 13 MP sensor with an F/2.2 and as for the front camera, it’s really a downgraded 8 MP. But even so, it still captures pictures really decently even in low lighting.


Moving on to the main point of this review, which is performance. Numbers wise, it is really at par with the F5 and F5 Youth, equipped with the same SoC. It ran all well and smooth and in day-to-day use, I didn’t really find any fault in it. It’s just a smooth experience overall. And for its price, you really can’t complain. Behind that performance is a really amazing battery optimization, resulting to an excellent battery life, even if you’ll be gaming for about 46 hours on this phone.

And if we have to find a fault in this phone, it’s the mono speaker. I couldn’t really find a fault with the audio jack and that’s a blessing after all in 2018.


So, what do we think of the A83? It’s a beast for a smartphone below Php 10,000, compared to the likes of, let’s say, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Core which was released late last year and this is a huge reason for everyone in the same market to evaluate the stands in the market, considering that this is the Philippines where most of the people play games . What we can say is that the A83 is a pretty well-rounded smartphone.

OPPO A83 Full specs

  • 5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) 18:9 display, 2.5D curved glass
  • Champagne Gold and Black Colors
  • Dimensions: 150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7, 143
  • Chipset: Unnamed 2.5GHz Octa-core CPU (Possibly the MediaTek P23)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • OPPO AI Facial Recognition
  • OS: ColorOS 3.2 (Android 7.1 Nougat)
  • 3,090mAh battery
  • Official Price: Php 9,990


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