Oppo F1s has proved to be a very good and capable selfie smartphone. And now it’s time to see if the Oppo A57 can also deliver similar performance. In this upgraded variant of Oppo A37, a new version of Android has also been given with an upgraded processor, RAM and more internal storage. Let’s take a closer look at the Oppo A57 in our review.
Oppo A57 design and build
The design and build quality of the Oppo A57 is pretty much the same as the F1s, as the design of both the phones is almost identical. However, it is a slightly better low phone than the F1S and that is also because of its lower price. The build quality of the phone is still strong due to the metal frame, although the Oppo A57 feels made of plastic. The absence of a backlit capacitive button in the phone is disappointing. The home button on the Oppo A57 is also capacitive and has an integrated fingerprint sensor. The grip of the phone remains good due to the matte texture on the rear.
Oppo A57 with 5.2 inch IPS display has HD resolution. Due to which the text is clearly visible and the pictures also look sharp when viewed from a normal distance. We liked the brightness of the phone and the phone can be read well even in sunlight. The colors are well saturated and the viewing angle is also good. Oppo has used Gorilla Glass 4 but the phone already has a screen guard. Apart from this, an additional screen guard will also be available in the phone’s box.
On the right side of the Oppo A57, there is a SIM tray that can be used for two nano SIM cards and a microSD card (up to 256GB). Due to the separate SD card slot, users can use two SIM cards whenever they want. The phone has a standard Micro-USB port and a 3.5mm headphone jack is given at the bottom. Apart from a thin ring around the camera lens on the rear of the Oppo A57, there is no other bulge for the camera.
The Oppo A57 is slim, lightweight and easy to use. In the box you will find a micro-USB cable, charger, earphones, case, screen guard, SIM ejector tool and some manuals.
Oppo A57 Specifications and Features
The Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor has been given in Oppo A57. If we talk about the performance, then it is almost similar to the MediaTek 6750 given in Oppo F1s. The phone has 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. Talking about other specifications of Oppo A57, it has features like Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (single band), FM radio, USB, OTG and GPS. VoLTE and 4G support is also available on all Indian bands.
Oppo A57 runs on ColorOS 3.0 which is based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Despite the necessary customization, the interface works well. The iOS influence is still there in the phone but it is more difficult like Vivo’s custom OS. Now there are two pages in the notification shade, toggle switches and app alerts have been separated. Oppo has given a custom app store in the phone. Apart from this, O-Cloud for backup and gestures to use the phone with one hand and turn off the screen. Google Suite and some third party apps like Facebook, Instagram and Amazon are also provided with Duo in the phone.
Oppo A57 performance
Light games play well in Oppo A57. The phone gets a little hot while using the camera for a long time. On an average, we found 1.4 GB RAM free in the phone which is very good to keep the phone running smoothly.
The fingerprint sensor works well and it detects fingerprints quickly. The fingerprint sensor can also be used to lock apps and files. The phone can play videos up to 1080 pixels and high-bitrate flac files can also be played from the stock music player. Talking about the speaker in Oppo A57, it does not get very loud for media when there is noise but it is fine for alerts and ringtones.
Talking about the camera, the Oppo A57 smartphone has a 16-megapixel front and 13-megapixel rear camera just like the Oppo F1s. The front camera takes great pictures in good light. Selfies can be seen with sharp and detailing. However, photos taken in low light with the Oppo A57 write a bit scattered. The screen flash is also not very good so don’t expect a very good picture unless you keep the phone very close to your face. Beauty mode has a background blur filter. Other modes on the Oppo A57 include Panorama, Video and Time-lapse.
The rear camera of Oppo A57 delivers decent landscape and macro shots with detailing in daylight. Colors look good and focus speed is also good. Performance is average in low light. Video up to 1080 pixels can be recorded in Oppo A57 and the quality is also fine. Shooting modes include Ultra HD mode that lets you take up to four photos simultaneously. Also included are Expert Mode, Filters, GIF and Double Exposure.
Oppo A57 packs a 2900 mAh non-removable battery that lasts for a full day on a single charge. In our HD video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted for 12 hours and 7 minutes, which cannot be called bad. Fast charging is not provided in the phone, so it takes some time for the battery to be fully charged.
Priced at Rs 14,990, the Oppo A57 is a decent package and has a lot in common with the Oppo F1s. But when it comes to the price, it is more affordable, making it better than the Oppo F1s. Camera performance is not the best in low light and basic features like backlit buttons and dual band Wi-Fi are also lacking. But the good thing is that it gets the same CPU, good build quality and a very good fingerprint sensor.
Apart from this, another reason to buy Oppo A57 over Oppo F1s is the availability of Android Marshmallow. As mentioned by Oppo, the Oppo F1s will be based on Lollipop only. The same applies even if the Oppo A57 does not get the Nougat update, but at least for now, this OS can be called new.
If selfies don’t mean much to you, then at this price point the Moto G4 Plus (until the Moto G5 hits the market) is a much better option. (Review) However, if you are waiting for the OPPO F1s price to drop, then OPPO A57 will be better in terms of features and performance.