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OPPO A95 4G Review – A Downgrade But a Worthy Buy?

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OPPO released the latest addition to their A series in the Philippines last November. The OPPO A95 features a stylish design, a 6.43-inch AMOLED display, and a larger 5000mAh battery. It is the 4G version, equipped with a Snapdragon 662. There are upgrades and downgrades when compared to its predecessor–the OPPO A94 but we’ll tell you everything from its upside and downside, so keep reading until the very end.

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Design

Going to the design first, at first glance, the OPPO A95 4G has a polished, clean, and aesthetically pleasing design. Ours is the Glowing Starry Black with a sandblasted matte texture but there’s also a Glowing Rainbow colorway with a gradient look that’s ideal for women. Returning to the black variant, despite being a glasstic texture, it has a handsome and classy appearance. The finish is smooth and slippery in the hand as well, but it comes with a free jelly case for added protection and better grip, though it will remove the aesthetic so handle with care.

The camera module is located on the top left side of the phone, and the sandblasted design remains on the module with chromatic reflection when illuminated. Its overall appearance is pleasing, and the build is solid and sturdy, with clicky buttons.

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The power button is on the right side of the frame, while the volume rocker and simtray are on the left. The simtray has a dual nano sim card slot as well as an expandable storage slot that can hold up to 512GB of data. There’s nothing on top, but there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack, main microphone, USB Type-C port, and a single down-firing speaker at the bottom part.

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Display

In terms of display, there isn’t much of a difference between the OPPO A95 4G and its predecessor. It retains its 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a brightness of 800nits perfect for outdoor activities. The tiny punchhole cutout is well placed at the top left side of the display, making it less distracting, especially when watching movies or playing games in landscape mode. The bezels are also quite thin, with a larger size on the chin, but it does not appear less premium.

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In terms of screen quality, it has a punchy display, great contrast, and thanks to its UI, the overall look of elements is compact and premium. The display has a dark mode with different shades of black to suit your preferences, as well as eye comfort to reduce eye fatigue. However, there is no 90Hz option, which is a significant disadvantage given that the majority of competitors already have higher refresh rates. For the price, they should have upgraded the display’s refresh rate for better experience. Nonetheless, it looks great with screen color temperature and flicker-free low brightness options available inside the settings.

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Because it is an AMOLED panel, there is an under-display fingerprint scanner, which works fine, but face unlock is faster. There’s also an always-on display option, but it can’t be customized. Only the fingerprint scanner, colors, icon styles, etc., that ColorOS used to provide, is still on the OPPO A95 4G.

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Camera

Now for cameras, it has a triple rear setup and lacks the ultrawide lens found on the OPPO A94. It’s a downgrade because the price increased by about P2,000 over its predecessor. Furthermore, the triple cam consists of a 48MP f/1.7 main camera, a 2MP macro, and a 2MP depth camera, while the selfie is half the size at 16MP f/2.4. It can only shoot at [email protected], which is quite disappointing. It does, however, have an expert mode with a 32-second shutter speed and ISO of 6400, as well as a slow-motion feature.

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When the night sky is visible, the main camera outputs balanced exposure, and the colors are true to life with slightly crashed blacks on dark parts. By activating HDR mode, you can improve the overall picture and get a brighter image. It also has an AI scene enhancement feature, which gave us more depth and boosted colors, making the overall image stand out.

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When zooming in, you can see tiny details, and scene detection does a good job of preserving colors.

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As for macro, the details are fine even after we digitally zoomed or cropped the photo after it was taken. There are small grains and noise, but they are not visible until you zoom in. When the scene has complex lighting, expect blown-out highlights, which you can only fix in post-production because the live view lacks processing and autofocus.

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Moving on to selfies, we like how skin tone outputs accurate colors, but it is not constant in every scene and will change depending on the front camera’s white balance detection. The highlights are not overblown, and the black areas still have details, resulting in balanced and well-lit images. The subject-to-background separation works well, as it does on other OPPO smartphones, and the overall selfie is flattering, with no obvious distortion. Despite the fact that the front camera has a lower resolution, it produces sharp images.

Overall, the camera continues to produce excellent color reproduction and optimized AI enhancement features, as well as clear and sharp images, particularly in its selfie camera.

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Performance

The Snapdragon 662 (11nm) chipset powers the OPPO A95 4G. It has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It also supports ram expansion up to 5GB, so save storage space as it will be use to expand the ram capacity. Moreover, the chipset outperforms its predecessor in floating-point computations by 2.2x, and developers optimize games for Snapdragon processors more frequently than for the OPPO A94’s Helio P95. This is what you will receive as part of the upgrade, and one major upgrade will be on its battery, which we will discuss later. Furthermore, playing games on the OPPO A95 4G gave us a good performance in MOBA and FPS games. It falls short in Genshin Impact and Honkai Impact 3, but it’s still playable with expected stutters.

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When it comes to software the OPPO A95 4G is powered by Android 11 and ColorOS 11.1. We’re still waiting for the ColorOS 12 update to experience the latest OS’s cleaner, more secure, and AI System Boosted underlying technology. It will automatically clean and defrag storage, lowering memory usage by 30%, reducing background consumption by 20%, and increasing battery life by 12%. It also includes a slew of new features that will make this phone more versatile, and the chipset will undoubtedly benefit from the additional optimization, but I believe we’ll have to wait a while. Furthermore, the system that is currently running on the OPPO A95 4G has already been optimized. We didn’t notice any stuttering while browsing or using the phone, and multitasking feels easy.

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Battery

The OPPO A95 4G has a larger 5000mAh battery than its predecessor, which only had 4310mAh. They improved what the majority of users require for better usability. After conducting some gaming tests (watch it here), it endured a longer screen-on-time consuming 22 percent of the fully charged juice in 2 hours of gaming. The battery performance is impressive. Furthermore, it can stream video for up to 18 hours at 50% brightness. Casual users can expect to last 8 to 9 hours, while lite users can expect the phone to last the entire day or so.

In terms of charging, it is paired with a slightly faster 33W fast charger. It took us 1 hour and 5 minutes to charge the device from 0 to 100 percent which is great.

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Verdict

The OPPO A95 4G costs PHP15,999 (8GB/128GB) and you can buy it through Shopee and Lazada. It faces stiff competition, especially from other midrange devices equipped with better chipsets and 5G capability at the price range. But it’s a decent phone with an attractive design and an ideal companion for your OOTD. The OPPO A95 will deliver smooth gameplay in competitive and esports title games. However, if you want to play Genshin or Honkai Impact, there are other smartphones that can deliver excellent performance.

On paper, there is a downgrade compared to the OPPO A94, but the increase is in its battery and chipset, which will provide better performance and longer usage. Furthermore, the 5G version of the OPPO A95 is not available in the country, leaving us with no choice but to upgrade or wait for a successor.

This device isn’t specifically designed for gaming, but it still provides a satisfying performance and optimized processing throughout the entire UI.

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OPPO A95 specs, price, availability in the Philippines

  • Network: 4G LTE
  • Display: 6.43-inch AMOLED FHD+ (2400 x 1080)
  • OS: ColorOS 11.1 (Android 11)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM + 5GB RAM expansion, 128GB storage
  • Rear Camera: 48MP (main), 2MP (macro), 2MP (depth)
  • Front/Selfie Camera: 16MP
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, Dual-SIM (nano), GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
  • Ports: 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging
  • Dimensions & Weight: 160.31 x 73.76 x 7.95mm, 175g
  • Colors: Rainbow Silver, Starry Black
  • Price: PHP 15,999 (8GB+128GB)
  • Release Date: November 15, 2021 (Philippines)
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