Oppo A57 Self­ie Smart­phone: Bokeh Effect and 3 Things to Note


Chinese smartphone company which recently trumped Apple as the bestseller in the Chinese smartphone market has launched its new selfie-focused device — Oppo A57 — in India for Rs. 14,990.

Oppo A57

The A57 was launched in the Chinese market in November 2016 and has finally made its way into the Indian market, all set to compete with other devices in the sub-Rs.15000 category — one of the most popular ones in India.

In a bid to target selfie-enthusiasts, Oppo claims that its front camera integrates the company’s Beautify 4.0 tech which enables users to click hi-definition images even in low light.

The Oppo A57 comes in a unibody design and houses the home button — which doubles up as a fingerprint sensor — below the 5.2″ Gorilla Glass 4 protected HD display. The device runs on Android 6 Marshmallow-based ColorOS 3.0.

Front Snapper with Bokeh Effect

Oppo A57 4

The A57 receives a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, but that’s not its strong point. The device sports a 16MP front camera which is able to churn out the much-desired (and loved) SLR-like Bokeh effect while clicking selfies — an unprecedented feature in a device launched in this category.

Processor at a Premium

The device is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 435 octa-core SoC, which is based on an older 28nm chipset tech and clocks at 1.4GHz — supported by Adreno 505 GPU.

New launches in the sub-Rs. 15000 category are already sporting 14nm chipset tech, and Oppo almost touching the Rs. 15000 mark with this chipset might not sit well with the consumers — unless of course, all you want from your phone is a selfie.

Memory and Storage

Oppo A57 3

The A57 comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB of storage, which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. Most devices this year are launching with 4GB RAM or at least a 4GB variant — Oppo surely doesn’t scream value for money considering aforementioned factors.

Battery Lacks Power

Oppo A57 2

The device is backed by a 2900mAh non-removable battery, which clearly isn’t enough in this age and date when people are looking for devices with a bigger battery, which gives them more time on screen and less time charging their phone.

The device will be available in two colours — Gold and Rose Gold.

Although Oppo has introduced the Bokeh effect in the front sensor with its A57 device, it is charging a premium when compared to other devices in the sub-Rs.15000 category and doesn’t even come close to providing the same specifications on paper as its competitors.

The device seems like an apt companion for selfie enthusiasts but doesn’t look as promising when other features of the phone are taken into account. The company have marketed the products as a selfie-smartphone, so there isn’t a lot to complain about too.

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