OPPO A5 2020 review
The Oppo A5 2020 is one of the latest phones to appear in the busy budget to the mid-range segment of the smartphone land,
it proves that Oppo can continue to make compelling devices in this section of the market.
It is very similar to Oppo A9 2020, the main difference being the camera setup. The A9 has a super rear camera array and it will cost you a little more,
but if you want to spend as little as possible on your next phone, the A5 is definitely worth a look.
You can buy the Oppo A5 2020 for around £ 180 online in the UK and AU $ 300 in Australia, although we don’t yet have confirmation of a US version.
This isn’t a lot of money for a smartphone at all, and everything else in this review must be weighed against the price of admission.
Of course, there is a lot of competition at the lower end of the market – from the likes of Motorola, Honor, Realme,
others – but the Oppo A5 2020 does enough to make it worth some serious budget-conscious consideration.
- Tastefully decorated
- Not waterproof
Take a look at Oppo A5 2020 and you can know that it is not a premium and flagship phone, and it is the same when you pick it up. At the same time,
it’s fair to say that the phone looks more expensive than it really is – sure, it wears plastic and looks not original, but is nicely curved and finished.
Black and white are your somewhat color choices here,
with Oppo attached to a factory plastic screen protector and a silicone case attached to the phone as well. So if you want some basic protection for your new phone, you don’t necessarily have to go out and buy a separate case.
With a 6.5-inch screen and a thickness of 9.1mm,
this is not a small phone, although you can only use it with one hand (if you have big hands and ingenious fingers). It’s good for getting a lot on-screen at once, but not so good for stuffing in a small pocket.
Oppo put the power button on the right here,
with volume controls on the left. The headphone jack (yes, there is one) is at the bottom of the device,
along with the speaker grille. Thankfully, Oppo has chosen USB-C as the data port, and some budget models still resort to micro USB.
The fingerprint scanner is on the back. The phone isn’t dusted or water-resistant, but then you wouldn’t really expect it to be from a phone at this price – the corners have to be cut somewhere, so just make sure not to drop it in the bathroom or leave it in a sandstorm.
While the Oppo A5 2020 design won’t quite set the heart racing, we have seen a lot worse at the budget end of the Android market, so we really can’t fault Oppo too much in this department. You wouldn’t feel embarrassed to take this out in front of friends and family at least.
6.5-inch screen, 720 x 1600
Relatively low resolution
Bright and vibrant screen
You get a lot of screen for your money – 6.5 inches – but the Oppo A5 2020’s LCD screen runs at a relatively low resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels
(it runs at 270 pixels per inch). Ultra HD and HD display panels are not.
The good news is that it doesn’t matter much.
The text and icons remain legible and sharp, and the video still looks good. It is one of those specs that on paper might seem unsettling,
but won’t have a huge impact on your actual smartphone experience in the end.
Of course, the difference between this and one of Samsung’s high-end Super AMOLED displays will be noticeable, but – as with everything else the Oppo A5 2020 brings – you have to take into account the price you’re paying. We didn’t find ourselves particularly unhappy or disappointed with the show.
There is a teardrop-shaped notch at the top of the screen,
and the chin down is a bit chunky, but the side bezels are nice and narrow – letting the screen pop, and we found it bright and vibrant in use.
There is actually a full-screen display mode available that lets you choose whether or not the apps hide the notch (with a solid black bar), as well as a slider to change the color temperature from cool to warm.
We found that the default color temperature works fine, although if pushed for an adjustment it could potentially get colder.
The auto-brightness setting also seems to work well and captures the ambient light conditions really well, but you can override this and adjust the brightness manually if you prefer.
The trend towards larger screens continues across the industry as a whole, and this is one of the largest screens you’ll encounter at the moment.
If you want a budget phone with a big screen, Oppo A5 2020 definitely fits the bill, and we don’t think you’ll be disappointed with the display quality either.