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Oppo A83 Review : Are Selfies More Important than Security?

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The Oppo A83 was initially launched in the Indian markets in December 2017. The device was priced around Rs.11,000 at that time. The phone has been touted as the less costly alternative to the Oppo F5, one of the most prominent models from Oppo’s famous F series, due to the A83’s large aspect ratio and AI-powered selfie beautification feature.

In 2018, an upgraded version of the previously launched Oppo A83 was launched in India, with a price slightly below Rs.16,000. The prime in the upgraded version is the increased RAM and onboard storage, while all other specifications are the same. The phone is available in Gold, Blue and Red colour variants in India.

Ever since its launch, the Oppo A83 has been a preferred choice for people who want a device for general purpose, including clicking good selfies, along with decent battery backup and general multitasking capabilities. Heavy gamers and even photo enthusiasts who use rear camera a lot are not even looking at this device.

Here are my thoughts on what is making buyers overlook this Oppo phone that appears to have a lot to offer.

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Specifications

Oppo A83 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM in both slots. The phone features a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 720 X 1440 pixels. The handset weighs 143 gm and measures 150.50 x 73.10 x 7.70 mm.

The A83 is powered by a 2.5GHz octa-core processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256GB via a microSD card. The device runs on Android 7.1 and is fuelled by a 3180mAh non-removable battery.

Talking of the camera, the Oppo A83 comes with an 8-MP front camera and a 13-MP primary camera on the rear. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G, while sensors include the accelerometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

Technical Features

Display size: 5.70-inch touchscreen display

Screen Resolution: 720 X 1440 pixels

Processor: 2.5GHz octa-core processor

RAM: 3GB/4GB

Storage: 32GB/64 GB

Battery: 3180mAh

Front Camera: 8MP

Rear Camera: 13MP

Display and Looks

The Oppo A83 features a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display with resolution of 720 × 1440 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. For a mid-range smartphone, this aspect ratio has become pretty standard today. However, I was happy with the use of the IPS display that led to natural and vivid colour production in the phone.

Unlike other phones in this price range, the A83 offers a good reading experience in direct sunlight. The text was crisp and legible even outdoors. However, the phone did have some issues with viewing angles. When you look at the screen from off-centre, it tends to take on a yellowish or bluish tone. To avoid this during a game or while watching videos, you’ll always have to hold the phone right in front of you.

Weighing just 143 gm, the phone is compact and can easy fit in one’s pocket, without making it feel too bulky. The body of the Oppo A83 is made of a polycarbonate shell, which gives it a great appearance, while making the phone lighter.

Performance and Battery

The Oppo A83 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 processor, which is clocked at 2.5GHz and is coupled with Mali-G71 MP2 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Even if you spend most of the time on your smartphone watching videos, playing games or browsing, the 3GB RAM will take care of every task, without any lag.

The Oppo A83 (2018) is packed with a 4GB RAM, while the inbuilt storage has been increased from 32GB to 64GB that is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB), which makes this device even more desirable.

The device comes pre-loaded with a weather App, music player app, video App, file manager, theme store and more.

The phone is fuelled by a 3180mAh battery that will stay charged for a day with normal usage, which can involve a little video streaming and gaming too. However, what I didn’t like was the lack of support for quick charging, which can be very off-putting for many. The phone takes at least 2-3 hours to get fully charged.

Camera and Apps

The Oppo A83 comes with an 8MP front camera for selfies. No doubt, the camera managed to capture some pretty decent photos. The phone features an “AI powered” beauty mode, which can be used to smoothen the skin’s texture and remove any kind of blemishes. However, I felt that the skin looked quite artificial when this feature was used.

At the rear, the phone is equipped with a 13 MP primary camera with the same f/2.2 aperture as in the front camera. The rear camera is accompanied by an LED flash. In comparison with the front camera, the photos taken by the primary camera, under all types of lighting, are much better. The colours are bright and sharp. You can also use the bokeh effect for pictures taken by the rear camera. When it comes to video quality, stay assured of a full HD video in fine quality with the rear camera.

The Oppo A83 comes with a facial unlock feature that works well for a mid-range smartphone. However, you’ll be disappointed if you expect safety like the iPhone X’s facial recognition.

There was one question I kept asking myself while reviewing this phone, just like many others did – why does this device not include a fingerprint scanner?

Oppo A83 Price

The Oppo A83 was launched in the Indian market at Rs.13,990. The phone has many features similar to the Oppo F5, which starts at a price just under Rs.20,000. However, the company has made some serious compromises by leaving out some features that are present in smartphones available at a much less cost these days.

Reasons Why I Like This Phone

  1. Slim Design
  2. 18:9 Full Vision Display
  3. Good Battery Life

Reasons Why I Hate This Phone

  1. No fingerprint sensor
  2. No fast charging support
  3. Limited features

The Oppo A83 offers nothing that makes it stand out amongst the crowd. It doesn’t even have a selfie camera that’s worth boasting about, which used to be Oppo’s main selling point. If you are looking for a regular purpose workhorse, go for Oppo A83, else it is advisable to go for the Xiaomi Mi A1 or Moto G5S, which offer better features and performance at a similar price.

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Mani Karthik

In my pursuit to happiness, I share everything I've learnt on this blog. From productivity to spirituality and everything in between. I quit my cozy job in Silicon Valley to pursue blogging & is an Entrepreneur now. I help startups grow & teach people blogging.

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