Oppo has 12.8% mobile vendor market share in Pakistan which makes it the third largest seller in Pakistan. One of the main reasons behind the immense popularity of Oppo is the affordability of its smartphones. The A-series of Oppo line-up is known as one of the best mid- range mobile phones. Oppo has made an addition to this series with the launching of the new Oppo A96 smartphone in Pakistan.
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Let’s begin with the detailed review of Oppo A96.
Design and Feel of Oppo A96
Oppo A96 like all other midrange devices has a plastic build which isn’t premium at all. However, the plastic is in matte finish that holds up great against scratches and fingerprints. Oppo claims that A96 has passed 28,000 micro drop tests along with many other tests. This means the build quality is great.
Oppo has tried to compensate for the mediocre feel of this device with looks. The design seems to have descended from the flagship Reno series by Oppo. On the rear, a huge camera bump is present having two large camera sensors.
Sides of the phone are rather simple with volume and power buttons located parallel to each other. The power switch has an inbuilt fingerprint and it comes with a groove for a good fit.
This phone comes with a headphone jack at the bottom followed by a type C fast charging port and speakers. Considering the price of Oppo A96 in Pakistan, the design and feel of this Oppo smartphone is decent enough.
Display of Oppo A96
Oppo A96 comes with a huge 6.59 inch display establishing a screen to body ratio of 90.8%. Display of Oppo A96 has good resolution, viewing angles and high refresh rate – once again making up for a good value for money device.
Oppo A96 uses a HD+ 1080p pannell supporting 90Hz refresh rate. It also supports the P3 color gamut which is the color standard for the film industry. With a pixel density of 401 ppi the colors not only look natural but sharp and high quality.
It’s a punch hole display with a camera on the top left. The side and top bezels are limited which adds to the user experience of this smartphone. However, the bottom bezel is quite thick like in any other midrange smartphone of this price range.
No piece of technology is perfect and the display of Oppo A96 is no exception. This smartphone has an LCD panel which means it’s not as efficient as Super AMOLED displays which are readily available in cheaper smartphones by Vivo and Samsung. LCD panels also cannot support always-on-display which is disappointing.
The display peaks at 600 nits which is average at best. All in all, it’s a great display if you can live with the LCD panel and less visibility outdoors.
Camera of Oppo A96
Oppo A96 has a dual camera setup which is not at par with other smartphones in this price range. The main sensor is a 50 MP shooter offering decent picture and video quality. However, the secondary sensor is only 2 MP and serves as a Bokeh camera to assist for portrait shots.
On the front, there’s a 16 MP sensor. There’s no telephoto or wide angle camera which is available in smartphones under Rs.40,000 in Pakistan.
It seems like the bokeh sensor is there to act as a filler to increase the sensors on the back. This tactic is often played by mobile manufacturers to make their devices look loaded and premium.
Performance of Oppo A96
It’s a midrange device with decent performance. Oppo A96 is using Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 coupled with 8 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. You can play several power-hungry applications on this smartphone and it will survive just fine. High refresh rate increases responsiveness, allowing for a better performance output.
Oppo A96 uses Qualcomm Adreno 610 which ensures smooth graphic performance. However, the performance curve isn’t linear incase of midrange devices. If you intend to use heavy applications for a couple hours, this may not be the best device.
Fast RAM is helped by UFS 2.2 storage that increases the data read and write speed before it gets processed. OppoA96 is a strong performer for its price.
Battery of Oppo A96
Oppo A96 has a 5000mAh cell that supports 33W VOOC fast charging. Oppo claims that A96 can charge from dead to 50% in just 26 minutes. 5000mAh may sound a lot of battery capacity but remember it has a giant screen with high refresh rate to power. And if you are planning to play games on this smartphone it might only last you a day at best.
Price of Oppo A96 in Pakistan
Oppo A96 is a midrange device costing Rs.44,999 which doesn’t make it a value for money device unless you don’t care about the camera and display quality. There are a lot of devices you can choose in this price range with better camera and display quality.
If you are not willing to pay this much, there are some cheaper Oppo A96 available at OLX.
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