[REVIEW] OPPO A93 – Exciting and Affordable Lifestyle Phone

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OPPO A93 Unboxing

OPPO has been producing great smartphone especially on the A-series that is practical for day to day usage. The overall performance of the phone is fluid, cleaner and faster with the addition of ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10. This phone is well adapted with consumers who are drawn toward to social media life with great photographic ability and usability without spending too much on performance of flagship specification and gaming specification.

Here are the specification of OPPO A93:

  • 6.43 inch edge with FULL HD+ Super AMOLED 2X display
  • MediaTek Helio P95
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128 UFS 2.1 storage
  • 4,015 mAh Battery with 18W fast charging
  • Screen Ratio : 90.7%
  • ColorOS 7.2
  • Back Camera : 48MP Main + 8MP Ultra Wide + 2MP depth + 2MP mono
  • Selfie Camera : 16MP Main + 2MP depth
  • Colour : Matte Black and Metallic White
  • Price : RM 1,299 (Lazada Malaysia)

Unboxing and Design

Unboxing experience is pretty standard with a thin cardboard sleeve encapsulating a hard cardboard box. Upon opening the box, you are greeted with the phone with user manual, translucent case, charger, USB-C cable and a wired earphone. The packaging is pretty standard but that is entirely not important as the hero itself is the phone.

OPPO A93 Inside Box

The design of the phone is rather surprising with it’s ultra thin 7.48mm thickness and its ultra lightweight 164g. The phone itself does look heavy and bulky until you pick it up with yourself and astonish with how light and thin phones can get nowadays.

OPPO A93 Display

On the front, it spots a 20:9 aspect ratio with a thin bezel around, although I do wish that the bottom side of the bezel (with is slightly thicker) is uniformed with the rest of the screen, giving it a 90.7% screen ratio. On the top left, a dual punch hole houses the two selfie camera, one as the main camera and the other to capture depth. The screen itself is bright and sharp, credits to it’s 6.43” FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels. Fingerprint sensor is embedded on the screen with a 0.3 seconds detection using Fingerprint 3.0.

At the back, you get a very nice metallic matte back of the color of your choice. The matte material however does attract some sort of fingerprint from a slightly oily finger, suggesting that you should use the provided case to keep it looking pristine.

It also spots an impressive 4 cameras at the back and 2 cameras for selfie, evidently exposing itself to one of it’s best capability; photography. Where the phone loses on performance, it wins on the amount of camera it has.

Overall the design and build surpasses its price tag and does not look cheap at all.

Connectivity

The phone spots the current standard USB-C connector (which I’ll be surprised if it doesn’t come with it). What is surprising that we don’t see on most phone nowadays is a 3.5mm audio jack (WHAT!!). Honestly I am a fan of the audio jack but how did they manage to put the jack in on such a thin phone? Being a phone of this nature, the jack is a useful addition where you can plug in your microphone whilst charging the phone and long LIVE session without investing too much on various converters.

It has also a dual SIM card tray that comes with an expandable microSD slot to expand it’s internal 128GB storage. You will definitely need it if you’re shooting videos.

Performance

This performance itself is not the most impressive if you compare with other flagship models and I seriously don’t expect top notch performance from a phone at this price point. The phone is really catered for lifestyle purposes in my perspective, a cool looking, light and easy to carry around with enough screen real estate to provide your everyday need. It is more that sufficient to run your everyday application like Facebook, Instagram and other social media app and web browsing; paired with a great camera to capture and post your picture. This is truly for a non gamer who just wants a great phone that is highly functional.

Antutu Benchmark is at 203651 ranking at #84 just below Redmi Note 7 Pro and above Redmi 10X 4G. Although not the best in terms of 3D rendering and gaming performance, you will still be able to play most games like PUBG and play Youtube video smoothly.

Camera

This is where it gets interesting judging by the amount of camera it has but does it really meet the hype and expectation? I would have to say YES, the amount of details and depth it captures rival those that are 2-3x more expensive. Details are spot on with it’s high megapixel and even a speck of dust is clear and evident in the pictures. The AI used for it’s camera is pretty decent, combining information from it’s 4 cameras to deliver clarity, depth, dynamic and color rendition of the subject matter. However, clarity drops dramatically if you use the digital zoom function.

OPPO A93 Camera

You can also shoot in XHD 108MP when you switch it to Expert Mode.

The selfie camera is also very decent and clear, fortifying its position as a photography centric phone. As selfie or front camera becomes more and more important with more and more usage for live conferencing and vlogging, this does not disappoint.

In term of video, it does 4K video, slow motion and bokeh shoots. Slow motion video is supported for 720p and 1080p only. It encodes with an option of the standard H.265 or H.264 encoding for compatibility with older devices. It’s Ultra Steady function is very impressive especially when on a tripod over unsteady ground. Even with my hands shaking, it is able keep it steady.

Here are some photo taken with OPPO A93;

Battery

The OPPO A93 is equipped with a 4,00mAh battery that is backed with a 18W fast charging. For normal usage, you can easily get 6-7 hours of continuous screen time (without any serious gaming). Depending on your usage and how much time you spend detached from the real world and have your face stuffed with phone goodness (pun intended), I would say it would be comfortable to last the whole day.

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Verdict
  • Design
  • Build
  • Performance
  • Camera
  • Battery
  • Value
3.9

OPPO A93 Review

This phone is really meant for photography and social media indulgent, where you need and exceptional camera performance paired with lots of media storage to store your recorded video and photo. What you get here is a perfect package for starting and upcoming YouTuber, Vlogger and even Tiktoker without really hurting your pocket. It has great camera paired with a great display at the price of RM1,299 retail, what more can you ask for?

Pros

  • Excellent Camera and Video Performance
  • Great Display Light and Thin with Sufficient Real Estate
  • Extended MicroSD storage

Cons

  • Performance Can Be Better
  • Looks Metal But is Actually Plastic

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