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The OPPO A55 4G Review



Overview

OPPO A55 4G (Not to be confused with Oppo A55 5G) is a wise investment, complete with an overabundance of features that users would be expecting from a device under $192. Specifically, with 4GB RAM / 6GB RAM and 64GB ROM / 128GB ROM, 6.51 inches IPS LCD Display, Android 11 OS, a Triple Rear & a 16MP Front Camera, MediaTek Helio G35 Chipset, Octa-core CPU, and 5000 mAh Non-Removable Li-Po. The brand has also loaded an amazing set of cameras, great battery power, and considerable storage space to get you running throughout the day.

The Design –

Oppo A55 4G comes with a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen featuring a 720 x 1600 pixels resolution and 270ppi. This smartphone offers 90% of the screen-to-body ratio for better viewing. Directly upfront, on the top part, is the earpiece while on the upper left is a punch-notch hole for the selfie camera. It has thin bezels but looks pretty and handy. Although there is no reference to any special glass protection, it, however, has a pre-installed screen protector for added protection. On its left side, are the triple-card tray for two nano-sized SIM cards, a microSD card, and volume controls.

The power/unlock button, which also doubles as a fingerprint sensor is on the right side. All are easily reachable even with small hands since it’s placed near the middle of the frame. Plastic buttons are firm and too clicky. The main microphone, 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port, and loudspeaker are well-placed at the bottom.

At the back are where its triple camera is set up, a LED flash, and some OPPO branding. Moreover, the back has a glossy finish, but with the free jelly case included in the box, make sure to take advantage of it as this phone is susceptible to fingerprint smudges. Though the phone is made of polycarbonate material, it does feel premium. It is also more comfortable to grip and easy to hold compared to its predecessors.

The Screen Display –



The smartphone has a bezel-less display coupled with a refresh rate of 60Hz, but the display as it is bright and vibrant is likable. In the display settings, you can choose the screen temperature to Cool, Default, and Warm. Furthermore, users can also choose what dark mode style is preferred for it has, Enhanced, Medium, and Gentle modes to choose from. The specially developed automatic brightness adjustment will keep the eyes as comfortable outdoors and indoors, day and night. Even though it only has an LCD panel, surprisingly, it produces punchy colors and decent viewing angles. This device gives you an immersive viewing experience when watching content on Netflix, YouTube, or anything alike. In general, the display is respectable enough and will be too sufficient for daily needs.

The Audio –

When talking about the audio, this phone only comes with a single downward-firing speaker. The quality is good enough that typically comes with its price range. Good for podcasting and voice calls, but users are better off with headphones for a deeper listening experience. Additionally, and for good things in this phone, it comes with a 3.5mm audio port so worry not about getting a wireless pair of earbuds if that is the preferred option.

The Cameras –



The cameras come with a 50MP f/1.8 Wide Angle Primary Camera with a flash, a 2MP f/2.4 Macro Camera, and another 2MP f/2.4 Depth Camera. Quality-wise, photos seem like real life because it is clear, bright, and detailed. The colors are perfectly accurate. Additionally, its camera features include a Night Mode, Portrait, Panoramic, Macro, Time-lapse, Pro Mode, etc. Likewise, you get a 16MP f/2 Wide Angle Primary Camera for assisting selfies and video calls on the front side. Face Detection, HDR mode, Auto Flash, Autofocus, Continuous Shooting, Digital Zoom, ISO Control, and Exposure Compensation are a few of the main highlights loaded within the phone. However, shooting while the sun is high up, at times results in overexposed photos. On the other hand, selfies are good, but it is not OPPO is well-known for that? The colors and skin tones are accurate, nevertheless, just make sure to have good lighting. This phone does have Portrait mode, but on the contrary, the subject-background separation is not as good as what is expected to be, nonetheless, is enough for everyday use. Photo shots done in low-light environments can be murky at times even with the night mode turned on. In most cases, this makes the photos not usable in any case.

The Performance -

Well, the feel is fine for it can cope with basic tasks. That is the minimum.

Giving life the OPPO A55 is Android 11 skinned with ColorOS 11.1. It is powered by a Mediatek Helio G35 chipset coupled with an IMG GE8320 GPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. With ColorOS, lots of customization options are available more so if it gets personalized accordingly. That is from changing the icon shape, fonts, up to choosing a theme to switch the overall look for the home screen. Additionally, a dedicated night mode can be toggled through its settings. Storage-wise, there’s 64GB, and from that, users can get 46GB of usable space right out of the box.

The Full Specifications:

NETWORK:        

Technology:                                                                        GSM / HSPA / LTE

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BODY:  

Dimensions:                                                                       163.6 x 75.7 x 8.4 mm (6.44 x 2.98 x 0.33 in)

Weight:                                                                                193 g (6.81 oz)

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DISPLAY:             

Type:                                                                                     IPS LCD, 480 nits (typ), 550 nits (peak)

Size:                                                                                       6.51 inches, 102.3 cm2 (~82.6% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:                                                                         720 x 1600 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)

Protection:                                                                          NEG T2X-1

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PLATFORM:

Operating System:                                                           Android 11, ColorOS 11.1

Chipset:                                                                               MediaTek MT6765G Helio G35 (12 nm)

CPU:                                                                                      Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)

GPU:                                                                                     PowerVR GE8320

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MEMORY:          

Card Slot:                                                                             microSDXC (dedicated slot)

Internal:                                                                               64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM

SIM:                                                                                       Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) | Splash-proof

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MAIN CAMERA:

Triple:                                                                                   50 MP, f/1.8 26mm (wide), PDAF

2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Features:                                                                             LED flash, HDR, panorama

Video:                                                                                   1080p@30fps

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SELFIE CAMERA:              

Single:                                                                                   16 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide)

Features:                                                                             HDR

Video:                                                                                   1080p@30fps

 

SOUND:

Loudspeaker:                                                                    Yes

3.5mm Jack:                                                                       Yes

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COMMS:             

WLAN:                                                                                  Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct,       

                                                                                                hotspot      

Bluetooth:                                                                          5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX

GPS:                                                                                      Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS

NFC:                                                                                      No

Radio:                                                                                   No

USB:                                                                                      USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

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SENSORS:                                                                            Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer,

                                                                                        proximity, compass

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BATTERY:

Type:                                                                                     Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable

Charging:                                                                             Fast charging 18W

MISCELLANEOUS:           

Colors:                                                                                  Rainbow Blue, Starry Black, Green

Models:                                                                               CPH2325

Price:                                                                                     $192.00

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Conclusion –

Finally, if you are familiar with and used to its UI, it is essentially easy to use. Noticeably there is a lot of bloatware and the usual pre-installed apps such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, TikTok, Lazada, and Agoda. You can always uninstall if you are not keen on using these apps.

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