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What should you consider when buying an Oppo phone?

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From humble beginnings in 2004, Oppo is now the top smartphone maker in China. With a 21% market share, the brand is more popular than Huawei and Vivo. The brand is known for their wide variety of phones in different price brackets, superb camera (able to rival Samsung), and their VOOC fast-charge technology.

In this buyer’s guide, we’ll explore:

  1. What does Oppo bring to the table?
  2. Key specs to look for in an Oppo phone
  3. Top Oppo phones in the Philippines

What does Oppo bring to the table?

Oppo is a relative newcomer to the smartphone industry only releasing their first model - the Oppo U701 Ulike in 2012. Despite being a rookie, Oppo has quickly gained popularity given their range of budget and mid-tier range phones.

When you compare Oppo phones with those of other manufacturers, a few things stand out:

  • Superb phone cameras – perhaps the most recognizable quality of Oppo smartphones is their attention to camera quality. Besides using big sensors, Oppo has also incorporated SmartSensor technology which uses AI to stabilize images. More recently, Oppo has shifted focus onto optimizing the sensors and lenses with the software, much like Samsung and Apple.
  • Affordable 5G phones – With Oppo, 5G is no longer a feature reserved to flagship smartphones. The Chinese tech giant provides a lot of affordable budget to mid-tier phones - like the Oppo Find X3 Lite, Oppo Reno 5, Oppo Reno 6 series and the A53 5G -- enabled to work on superfast 5G networks.
  • Fast-charge using VOOC technology – through VOOC or Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging, Oppo has brought improvements to the power adapter (or Brick). This technology allows adapters to become smarter with the power output to improve safety and speed of charging, whilst reducing temperatures.

Most of the drawbacks of an Oppo phone are those of any affordable China-made Android brands. When you buy an Oppo phone, here are a couple of things you should look out for:

  • Screen heating – Oppo phones (and many other Chinese-made Android phone) have a heating issue, especially as the phone ages. This can be caused by the screen settings (ie setting the screen to the high brightness) or heavy usages with the processor working overtime to crunch data. While the phone is not in any danger of exploding, it can lead to the phone lagging and in the worst cases, becoming too hot to use (i.e. shutting down).

You can reduce overheating by reducing the number of apps you have open at the same time, lower down the screen brightness, and refresh rate. If the phone get too hot, however, you need to switch it off to allow it to cool down.

  • Battery Degradation – Whilst VOOC provides a lot of advantages in terms of charging speed, it can also lead to battery degradation (with the added wattage from the adapter puts a lot of strain to the phone’s battery cells). In an article from com, Oppo’s 125W fast-charging reduced the smartphone battery capacity by 80% over a two (2) years period.

To address this issue, Oppo has included in its’ phone different charging options from 35W to 50W depending on how fast you want to charge.

  • Low-cost phones have shorter lifespan – to compromise for its low cost, Oppo needs to sacrifice build quality. This includes the use of plastic instead of glass or aluminum, recycling old chassis from other models, and using previous generations of processors / chipsets.

Key specs to look for in an Oppo phone

If you do decide to buy an Oppo phone, it is important to understand a few key smartphone specs. To help you understand (without needing a degree in smartphone technology), we’re put together a simple guide. In the guide we explain which specs to look for and why they are important. Here we go:

Display

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The Phone Display is the screen we spend most of our time looking at when we use our phone.

There are four factors that determine the quality of your phone’s display: size, type of panel, resolution, and refresh rate.

  • Size of the screen – is determined by the distance from one corner diagonally to the opposite corner. The right screen size for your phone depends on what you are going to use you phone for and your personal preferences.

If you prefer using your phone with one hand, 5-6 inches would be a good choice. However, if you are going to be using the phone to read websites and don’t mind holding it with two hands, a phablet-sized phone (eg 6.5-6.8 inches) maybe a better choice.

  • Type of panel – is the technology your screen uses to display the text, icons, and images. There are two main types of screen in smartphones today: (1) LCD or Liquid Crystal Displays, and (2) OLED or Organic Light Emitting Diode displays. The difference between the two related to how light and color is produced.
    • LCD – uses a backlight to illuminate a set of films and mirrors. LCD displays are typically brighter than OLED displays and have clearer whites. Given the need for additional hardware to create a backlight, phones using LCD displays will be thicker.
    • OLED – uses individual pixels to create their own light source. This technology creates true-to-life colors and deeper blacks (given they simply turns off the pixel). In addition, OLED displays are more energy efficient. OLED displays, however, are less durable and more expensive to manufacture. AMOLED and Super AMOLED also fall into this category.
  • Resolution –refers to the number of pixels in the display (expressed in terms of the dimensions of the screen). The higher the number of pixels (in height and width), the higher the resolution, the more visual information your screen can portray, the clearer and crisper the images becomes.

Smartphones tend to come with some standard resolutions as below:

Name

Resolution

High Definition (HD)

1280 x 720

Full HD (FHD)

1920 x 1080

2K, Quad HD, (QHD)

2560 x 1440

4K Ultra HD

3840 x 2160

Most phones today -- including budget phones, come with at least a High-Definition screens. Flagship phones often have 2K or 4K screens. These are needed if you’re a power user and planning to use you phone for gaming or high-end video content.

  • Refresh rate – this refers to the number of times per second your screen refreshes the display. It is measured in terms of in hertz or Hz (with 1 Hertz referring to one refresh every second). The higher the refresh rate, the more fluid and streamlined the picture will be. The higher the refresh rate, however, the higher the battery drain and the lower the battery life (see below). Typical phones have 60Hz – 90Hz refresh rate. Flagships often have refresh rates of 120Hz or 140Hz.

Performance

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The performance of a smartphone refers to how fast your phone can execute tasks and process data. A phone’s performance is determined by the chipset, the processor, the RAM, and the operating system (OS).

Here are brief explanations of each of these:

Spec

Description

Chipset

  • Physical hardware of the processor (made of interconnected semiconductors)
  • Oppo uses both Qualcomm and MediaTek chipsets, the latest being the Snapdragon 888 on the Oppo Find X3 Pro.

Processor or Central Processing Unit (CPU)

  • Part of the chipset that executes tasks and processes data.
  • Works by dividing information across its “cores” which are then processed simultaneously. The more cores, the faster it can execute tasks.
  • Most smartphones today have an Octacore (8) processor.

Random access memory (RAM)

  • Size of phone’s temporary memory accessed by the processor
  • The more RAM, the faster you would be able to switch between apps or execute heavy tasks.
  • While 2GB RAM is reserved for the most basic uses of a smartphone, 4GB is now the standard for budget-tier.

Operating System (OS)

  • Core software which manages your phone’s resources and provides the main interface which allows you to access apps or tweak your settings.

  • Oppo uses an Android skin called the ColorOS.
  • Make sure your phone has the latest OS or at upgradeable.

Camera

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The Camera is a must for content creators or people who love to share photos and videos on social media.

There are two factors which influence camera performance: camera’s hardware (ie the lens and sensors), and the AI that governs the image processing system:

  • The lens and sensors are the physical hardware that makes up the smartphone’s camera module. The lens brings in light at a focal point which is then fed to the sensors. How much a sensor can translate visual information from the lens into digital data is measured in megapixels or MP. The data can then be processed by phone and displayed.

Most modern smartphones have two or more lenses / sensors. Each of these performs a specific role or mode to capture an image. The most common ones are wide, ultra-wide, telephoto, periscope, and depth. Lenses can perform individually or work together by capturing the scene using both lenses / sensors.

  • The image processing system and AI is the software that manages the hardware. It performs three tasks:
  1. Assess the scene and subject to know which lenses to use
  2. Adjust the camera settings needed to capture the best image possible
  3. “Stitching” the image from multiple lenses into a single picture

Camera performance is not only dependent on the number of megapixels but also how well the phone processes the images that are captured. No matter how large the sensors are, if the image processing is not optimized with the hardware, it can result in grainy images or can struggle in low-light conditions.

Battery life

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The Battery life refers to how long you phone can operate between recharging. When talking about batteries, we typically also look at the charging technology.

Battery capacity refers to how much power the cells can hold at a single charge. It is measured in milliampere-hour or mAh. Typical smartphone battery capacity ranges from 2,500 to 3,500mAh. Flagship and high-performance gaming phones often have as high as 5,000mAh and above.

When assessing battery life, you also need to consider your daily phone usage. For example, a gamer running on high refresh rate at the highest brightness would need a phone with a larger battery and/or need to charge more often than a casual user.

When assessing battery life, it is important to keep in mind phone brands sometimes provide overly optimistic estimates of the battery life (measuring them in situations which do not represent typica usage patterns). As such, make sure to check reviews and benchmarks. Many tech experts often do stress tests in various settings to know the average battery life of a phone.

When considering battery life, it is also important to look at a phone’s charging technology. Many smartphones today are equipped with fast-charging, wireless charging, and reverse charging. Fast-charging uses the phone’s adapter and USB-C port to feed higher wattage to battery cells than normal charging.

Fast-charging often has a recommended wattage. This is the total amount of power that flows to your phone’s battery cells. To charge faster, all you need to do is increase the wattage. What most people do not realize that doing so may also degrade your battery cells faster. It is always recommended to charge using your phone’s own charging wire and brick. These accessories are optimized according to your phone’s power requirements.

Wireless and reverse charging uses magnetic fields to transfer power directly without the use of wires.

Top Oppo phones in the Philippines

Now we understand the basic specs to look for in a smartphone, let us explore the Oppo best phones available in the Philippines. Here’s list based on expert reviews and our own experience.

The best overall - Oppo Find X3 Pro

Our choice for the best Oppo phone goes to the Find X3 Pro. This phone has a great display, awesome camera, and new charging technology.

In terms of form factor, the Find X3 Pro is designed with a slight curved edge and an awesome glass-back case enveloping the camera bump. It has a 6.7” LTPO (low-temperature polycrystalline oxide) AMOLED display which reduces power consumption by up to 20%. Furthermore, the screen has 120Hz refresh rate. This phone is powered by USB-C, but no headphone jack.

Being a flagship 2021 phone, the Oppo Find X3 Pro is equipped with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset. Coupled with 8GB, 12GB, or 16GB RAM options, this phone is a beast when it comes to overall performance.

The camera is great thanks to a quad-lens 50MP (wide) + 13MP (telephoto) + 50MP (ultra wide) + 3MP (microlens). This setup performs well in different lighting conditions and takes bold and vivid photos. What’s unique, however, is the 3MP microlens. It performs like a microscope, magnifying small objects. It’s not a feature most smartphone cameras have but it has its practical applications and is definitely fun to play with.

Battery performance on the Find X3 Pro is within standards for a 2021 flagship phone. It features a 4,500mAh battery capacity which can last for a day in casual use. It has a 65W fast-charge feature which, giving you a 100% battery recharged in 40 minutes, may be among the fastest. It also has a smart-charging feature so when you plug in your phone to charge overnight, it regulates the wattage and times the charge. By the time you wake up, it will reach 100% without overcharging your phone.

Oppo Find X3 Pro Specs

Release Date 

March 2021

Screen 

6.7” LTPO AMOLED (1440 x 3216) 120hz, 500 nits (1300 nits at peak)

Main camera 

Quad-lens 50MP (wide) + 13MP (telephoto) + 50MP (ultra wide) + 3MP (micro)

Front camera 

32MP

Chipset 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G

Internal Storage 

256GB / 512GB

RAM 

8GB / 12GB / 16GB

Built-in OS 

Android 11, ColorOS 11.2

Battery Capacity 

4,500mAh

Mid-tier champion – Oppo Find X2 Neo

The Oppo Find X2 Neo is part of the X2 series from 2020 (which included the flagship X2, X2 Pro (Flagship), Neo (mid-tier) and Lite (budget) phones).

The Oppo Find X2 Neo phone has a curved front and glass back plus a subtle camera bump, making its design comparable to other flagships. The Oppo Find X2 Neo is a thin phone, with a thickness of 7.5mm compared to the Samsung S20 at 7.9mm. It comes with a 6.5” AMOLED Full HD screen with 90Hz refresh rate. This is great for the price and provides a great viewing experience.

The Oppo Find X2 Neo is a mid-range phone and is so-so in terms of performance. It features a Snapdragon 765G 5G chipset and a generous 12GB RAM. It may not be for power users like gamers or content creators, but it gets the job done for casual phone users.

Oppo has always been the pro at providing mid-range phones with excellent cameras. The Find X2 Neo is no different. This model has a quad-lens Quad-lens 48MP (wide) + 13MP (telephoto) + 8MP (ultra wide) + 2MP (black and white) system. It is a versatile shooter thanks to its robust OIS (optical image stabilization) which detects camera movement and balances the lens using motors to counteract these motions.

Oppo Find X2 Neo

Release Date 

May 2020

Screen 

6.5” AMOLED (1080 x 2400) 90hz

Main camera 

Quad-lens 48MP (wide) + 13MP (telephoto) + 8MP (ultra wide) + 2MP (black and white)

Front camera 

32MP

Chipset 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G

Internal Storage 

256GB

RAM 

12GB

Built-in OS 

Android 10, ColorOS 7

Battery Capacity 

4,025mAh

The 2020 Flagship – Oppo Find X2 Pro

If you want to save money by getting last year’s flagship, we recommend the Oppo Find X2 Pro.

The Find X2 Pro was Oppo’s 2020 flagship and is designed as such. It has a curved Gorilla glass front with a pinhole rear camera. It comes in either ceramic black or faux leather orange. While both have aluminum frames, the latter has gold accents, making this a super attractive phone. The screen is a 6.7” AMOLED panel capable of displaying 1440 x 3168 UltraHD resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen is perfect for gaming or watching videos.

Keep in mind, the Find X2 Pro is last year’s flagship model. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G which is close in performance second-best to the Snapdragon 888. Coupled with 12GB RAM, this phone has no issues running high-end games and power-hungry apps, despite the chipset being one year old. In real-world scenarios, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is a viable option for gamers and content creators.

For its camera, the Oppo Find X2 Pro has spent effort on optimizing the hardware with the software. The phone is equipped with a Triple-lens 48MP (wide) + 13MP (periscope telephoto) + 48MP (ultra-wide). Oppo has followed Apple and Samsung to ensure the software / AI has is optimized to work with the hardware, resulting in stunning noise-less images in any lighting conditions.

With a 4,260mAh capacity battery, the phone has great battery life. While this is standard for flagships phones in 2020, where this phone excels is in the charging. It features a 65W VOOC (Voltage Open Loop Multi-step Constant-Current Charging) which can charge to 74% in 20 minutes.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Release Date 

March 2020

Screen 

6.7” AMOLED (1440 x 3168) 120hz

Main camera 

Triple-lens 48MP (wide) + 13MP (periscope telephoto) + 48MP (ultra wide)

Front camera 

32MP

Chipset 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G

Internal Storage 

256GB / 512GB

RAM 

12GB

Built-in OS 

Android 10, ColorOS 7

Battery Capacity 

4,260mAh

Best budget phone – Oppo A53

The Oppo A53 is perfect for the budget-conscious user who wants a basic smartphone. This model excels in screen quality, good battery life, and modern appearance.

When it comes to the Oppo A53’s design, this phone has a glass front with a stylish pinhole camera. The phone features a plastic back (typical with budget phones) with aluminum frame. It boasts a 6.5” IPS LCD panel display with 90Hz refresh rate (is impressive for a budget phone).

With a 5,000mAh capacity battery, battery life of the Oppo A53 is good. Even when using high refresh rates, it can last up to a day and a half. This phone also has different modes such as Super-Power Saving mode and Sleep Standby optimization to make it last even longer. Charging this phone, however, is slow. With an 18W charger the phone can take two hours to reach 100%.

Because this is a budget phone, its performance and camera are decent for the class but not impressive. The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 chipset which is basic but will get you through most apps. We do recommend you get the 6GB RAM to compensate for the chipset.

The Oppo A53 camera is also so-so with its triple-lens 13MP (wide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth) system. It can take good photos in good lighting condition but can get grainy and blurry in dark settings. Nonetheless, it is a great phone to have as a secondary phone or for the less tech-savvy.

Oppo A53 Specs

Release Date 

August 2020

Screen 

6.5” IPS LCD (720 x 1600) 90hz

Main camera 

Triple-lens 13MP (wide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth)

Front camera 

16MP

Chipset 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 460

Internal Storage 

64GB / 128GB

RAM 

4GB / 6GB

Built-in OS 

Android 10, ColorOS 7.2

Battery Capacity 

5,000mAh

The affordable 5G phone – Oppo Find X3 Lite

If you want a new 5G phone at an affordable price, the Oppo Find X3 Lite is the phone for you. It has an impressive display, fast-charging and is 5G-ready, all at an affordable price.

From the outside, the Oppo Find X3 Lite resembles the Oppo X3, only smaller and with a plastic back. It has a 6.43” AMOLED Full HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. For a phone with this price range, the screen is impressive.

Another plus to the Oppo Find X3 Lite is its performance. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset and 8GB RAM that can run medium to high-spec apps. While it may not be a Snapdragon 888, in real-world scenarios, this phone would be perfectly adequate. Furthermore, it is also 5G-capable so you can have the fastest mobile network possible.

The Oppo Find X3 Lite has a 4,300mAh capacity battery. It is fairly decent and can give you enough power to last for a day for casual use. We however recommend capping the refresh rate at 60Hz on your settings to avoid draining your battery. For charging, the Oppo Find X3 Lite has a whopping 65W VOOC fast-charging feature like the X3 and the X3 Pro.

Oppo Find X3 Lite Specs

Release Date 

March 2021

Screen 

6.43” AMOLED (1080 x 2400), 90hz

Main camera 

Quad-lens 64MP (wide) + 8MP (ultra-wide) + 2MP (macro) + 2MP (depth

Front camera 

32MP

Chipset 

Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G

Internal Storage 

128GB

RAM 

8GB

Built-in OS 

Android 11, ColorOS 11.1

Battery Capacity 

4,300mAh

In conclusion

Oppo has a great selection of smartphones to choose from. Many boast excellent camera performance, affordable 5G phones, and advanced fast-charging technology. Whilst great value for money, when considering Oppo phones it’s also important to be aware of some of the drawbacks (common to many Chinese brand Android phones).

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