Oppo recently released in the Philippines a new budget smartphone with large battery capacity and affordable price, the OPPO A3s.
On the get-go, the OPPO A3s resembles the design of the F7 with its red-coloured back panel and notch placement in the front. It has a polycarbonate frame with a glossy finish which looks premium and pleasing to the eyes. One downside, however, is it’s a fingerprint and smudge magnet, thankfully, Oppo was generous enough to provide a free jelly case to resolve this problem.
The A3s has a large display at 6.2-inch with an aspect ratio of 19:9. On top is the notch containing the 8MP front camera, call speaker, and sensors. Unfortunately, there is no LED notification light here which can be a slight downer for some. The right side contains the lone power button while on the left are the volume rocker and triple SIM-card tray which means that users can expand their storage (up to 256GB) without the need to give up the SIM 2 slot.
Down at the bottom are the 3.5mm audio port, microphone, micro USB port, and loudspeaker. At the back, we have the dual 13MP + 2MP cameras and the LED flash. Sadly, there is no fingerprint scanner in the A3s but has a face unlock feature just like the Oppo A83.
The Oppo A3s is powered by a Snapdragon 450 octa-core processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 16GB Internal storage & 2GB of RAM. The chipset is good for its class, however, the 2GB RAM will be the bottleneck of this device.
The Oppo A3s runs on ColorOS 5.1 which is based on Android 8.1 Oreo. So far, we’re liking the simple UI as it is organized and easy to navigate. For the battery, the device is surprisingly light even though it’s equipped with a 4,230mAh battery. It’s also relatively slim and easy to grip which is a plus for us.