Oppo A53 review

Review Oppo A53 (CPH2127)

Content

  1. Contents of delivery
  2. TECH SPECS
  3. Positioning
  4. Design, dimensions, controls
  5. Display
  6. Battery
  7. Memory, chipset, performance
  8. Communication capabilities, sound
  9. Камеры
  10. Software
  11. Competitors
  12. Impressions, results

Contents of delivery

  • Smartphone
  • 18w charger
  • USB Type-C cable
  • Silicone Case
  • SIM card tray eject tool
  • Protective film (already glued on)
  • User manual, warranty card

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TECH SPECS
Dimensions and weight 163.9 x 75.1 x 8.4 mm, 186 grams
Body materials Plastic frame, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on the front, plastic on the back
Display 6.5 inches, 1600×720 pixels (HD +), IPS, 20: 9 ratio, pixel density 411 ppi, maximum refresh rate 90 Hz, sampling rate of the sensor layer up to 120 Hz
Operating system Google Android 10, proprietary shell ColorOS 7.2
Platform Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, 4 ARM Cortex-A79 cores up to 1.8 GHz + 4 ARM Cortex-A53 cores up to 1.6 GHz, 11 nm process technology, Adreno 610 graphics
Memory 4 GB LPDDR4X, 64/128 GB UFS 2.1 onboard memory, microSD support up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
Wireless Interfaces Wi-Fi a / b / g / n / ac, dual-channel, 2,4 / 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
Сеть 2G: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
3G: bands 1, 5, 8
4G: bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Dual Nano SIM cards + 1 SIM + memory card, separate slot
Navigation GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, Beidou
Sensors and connectors Optical fingerprint sensor (rear), accelerometer, light sensor, proximity, compass, USB Type-C, 3.5 mm jack
Main camera 13 MP, wide-angle, f / 2.0 aperture, pixel size 1.12um, PDAF (phase detection autofocus) 
2 MP, macro lens, f / 2.4
2 MP, depth sensor, f / 2.4
HDR, panoramic shooting 
1080P video recording @ 30/60 fps
Front-camera 8 MP, wide-angle, f / 2.0 aperture, 1 micron
HDR, panoramic shooting
1080P video recording @ 30/60 fps, beautification mode
Battery Li-Pol, 5000 mAh, fast charging 18 W
Color Mint, black, blue
Cost 11 990/13 990 rubles

Positioning

A month ago, sales of the budget smartphone Oppo A53 started. In terms of performance and cost, it sits between the A31 and A52 within the lineup. At the same time, it has a number of good and useful features, albeit not new for its segment. Apparently, the smartphone tried to reflect the popular trend “everything at once inexpensive”, let’s see if we managed to do this without prejudice to individual functions of the device.

Design, dimensions, controls

The exterior systematically follows industry trends: a rectangular camera block gradually losing thickness, a gradient plastic back, a cutout for the front camera in the upper left corner of the screen – we can observe all this in a number of smartphones from the BBK camp and not only. The diagonal is not entirely suitable for controlling a smartphone with one hand, you should take a closer look at the dedicated mode in the software. The backrest plastic, as expected, slips in the hand and instantly becomes covered with fingerprints. So here either be ready for this and wash them with a cloth, or use the appropriate complete case made of transparent silicone, or pay attention to the black version of the Oppo A53.

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We tested the blue version, on its back panel you can see a gradient transition from blue at the bottom to steel gray in a small area at the top of the back. Here we see the already mentioned camera block with a flash diode, next to it is a fingerprint sensor. Bottom right – a modest manufacturer’s logo. From the point of view of design, the screen is unremarkable; in my coordinate system, the cutout has long ceased to be something worthy of attention. The camera block still protrudes above the surface of the body, another argument in favor of using a cover and another silent reproach towards the manufacturers. However, even without a cover, you can enter text on a lying phone without any problems, it swings only when you press the upper part of the display.

Review Oppo A53 (CPH2127)

The control keys are located on the sides: the power button is on the right, on the left there are separate volume control buttons, above them there is a separate tray for two SIM-cards and a memory card. Below we see Type-C and 3.5 mm connectors, a typical modern set, there is nothing to complain about. The assembly is good, no complaints, no protection against external influences is declared, not a very positive moment, however, this should be expected in this segment.

Display

The Oppo A53’s IPS display has a relatively low HD + resolution, but it also boasts 90Hz support in the menus and apps. It is clear that the available processor power will not be enough for 90 Hz in games, but thanks for that, as they say. The smooth effect is noticeable when scrolling through the settings menu and images, working in the browser, personally I already take it for granted and am surprised when I get my hands on a smartphone with only 60 Hz. Functionality from the category of “trifle, but nice”. You can set 60 and 90 Hz, as well as entrust the system with the choice in automatic mode. At the same time, the frequency of the touch layer can be up to 120 Hz, which will definitely come in handy in dynamic games, pressing and gestures will be recognized more accurately and faster.

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Recently, I have noticed that I have started to adjust the color temperature of the displays in smartphones and the monitor in the work PC to a colder shade more often. I also began to adjust the automatic cut off of the blue glow after 22:00, the current busyness determines the importance of getting up earlier, and therefore it is important to go to bed at about the same time. So, in the Oppo A53, these settings are also available, it is clear that not everyone will use them. The minimum brightness is declared at 400 nits, it happened that I was comfortable using the maximum brightness, my eyes did not suffer in any way. This indicates not the highest brightness indicators.

If we omit the increased hertzovka, then we will get a quite normal display for our category, purely subjectively, I would like to see FHD + everywhere, even if when working with HD + there are no longer problems with loose fonts, fuzzy images and other visual artifacts. In combination with 90 Hz it turns out quite well. If we take the “white” retail, the model can be called the most affordable solution with an increased screen refresh rate on the market.

Battery

Everything is expectedly good here. 5000 mAh at HD + gives stable two days of work in mixed mode without heavy load of games and benchmarks. In games, the battery discharge is 7-8% per hour, the loop video test showed a result of 30 hours at 90 Hz and a little less than 32 hours at 60 Hz. There is reversible wired charging, it is not fast, but it will come in handy in case headphones, watches and similar peripherals are discharged. It will work for a smartphone, but it will not be able to fully charge. For this charging format, an OTG adapter will be needed. The included 18W charger will charge a fully depleted Oppo A53 in two hours, average, but better than Micro-USB.

Memory, chipset, performance

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor installed in the smartphone can hardly be called top-end, but in combination with 4 GB of RAM and fast UFS 2.1 permanent memory, it manages to consistently pull out the maximum 60 frames per second for its capabilities from the same Real Racing 3 throughout almost the entire gaming session There are no jerks and slowdowns, everything is quite adequate. There is heating, but it is minimal on the case. The maximum indicators were recorded by the PerfDog utility at 43 degrees, while the processor load averaged 29%. Mobile shooters like COD and PUBG will work tolerably well, although you shouldn’t expect miracles of graphics and performance.

The performance of the smartphone when working outside applications is at a good level, during testing there was not a single crash, restart or application crash. The results of synthetic tests are traditionally attached.

Communication capabilities, sound

Oppo A53, according to the established good tradition, has adequately and quickly working NFC and GPS modules, their work is perfected and does not cause problems and questions. It is gratifying that they did not forget about the sound, the stereo speakers from Dirac installed in the smartphone are quite sonorous and voluminous, while nothing wheezes even at maximum volume. This option will clearly be appreciated by gamers and fans to watch videos on a smartphone. Calls traditionally have good voice quality on both sides without any problems.

Камеры

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Of course, it was necessary to sacrifice something, and in the case of the Oppo A53, the main camera fell under the knife. Its capabilities are generally enough for tolerable shooting in good lighting, but at night or at dusk the image starts to make a noticeable “noise”. The shooting speed is average, autofocus works quickly, but not always correctly. In general, bokeh is set correctly, macro mode, like the main camera, requires good lighting.

The 8 MP front camera slightly corrects the situation, but even in its case, you should not count on getting adequate frames quickly. Of course, with due diligence and patience, you can unscrew the quality sufficient for social networks, but no more.

Software

The used interface ColorOS 7.2 did not cause problems in mastering and acquaintance, primarily because it is, in fact, the same realme UI, only with different icons. The impressions are the same: clean, visually neat, there is call recording and screen capture, a dark theme is available.

Many useful aspects for understanding the shell can be gleaned from the editorial overview.

Competitors

Review Oppo A53 (CPH2127)

Regardless of the memory versions, Oppo A53 plays on the same field as Redmi 9. On the side of the smartphone from Xiaomi, a higher screen resolution and a slightly more vigorous set of cameras. At the same time, the 4/64 GB version costs 500 rubles less than the Oppo A53 in the 4/128 GB configuration. Samsung Galaxy A21s came closest to Samsung devices, with a 48 MP camera and similar other characteristics, it costs 14 rubles in the 990/3 GB version.

Well, and where without “colleagues”: here we add an almost identical Vivo Y20, it costs 12, but is devoid of the Type-C connector. The realme 490i also looks good, here is the MediaTek Helio G6 game processor, the 80/4 GB version costs 128 rubles. Oppo also has a good alternative: the Oppo A13 costs 990 rubles, while offering FHD +, Qualcomm Snapdragon 52 and a more versatile camera system.

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From left to right: OnePlus Nord N100, Oppo A52, Oppo A53, realme 6i, Samsung Galaxy A21s, Vivo Y20, Redmi 9. Source

If you look outside our market, then another “clone” from BBK, OnePlus Nord N100, immediately came to mind, but it is inferior to the hero of the review in terms of the screen refresh rate, like all smartphones mentioned in this section. For the rest – full parity, if, of course, you omit the differences in the shells. Oxygen OS is, in my opinion, more successful.


Impressions, results

The Oppo A53 is pretty good overall, save for a blurry camera experience. The display is fast and smooth, the autonomy is decent, there is the functionality of a portable battery, the shell got rid of minor flaws, there are loud and high-quality stereo speakers, NFC, an adequately working fingerprint scanner – what is not a set for any occasion? If you wish, you can play, however, 90 Hz will not help in this, without them the gameplay did not suffer much. The subjective disadvantages can include the camera, otherwise everything is in its place.

In the current situation with the exchange rate, I see the cost as adequate, but there are many competitors. There is a possibility that the price will continue to go down, with the current figure the smartphone has a chance of popularity, in my opinion, it covers most of the requests of a potential unpretentious consumer.

Review Oppo A53 (CPH2127)

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