Oppo A83: A decent smartphone by itself, but falls short against fierce competition

Oppo A83 Available Now Only In Oppo Authorised Dealer Idris Electronics Raipur

The design of the smartphone looks typically Oppo with a well-rounded back, corners and curved glass. Its well-finished metal body feels great to hold, but is a bit slippery thanks to the rounded design. Thankfully, Oppo includes a case in the box, which adds some grip, but kills the beauty of the curved body in the bargain.

The Oppo A83 comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ display sporting a resolution of 1440×720 pixels. Behind that display sits a MediaTek MT6763T, which is the same SoC as on the flagship Oppo F5. The Chinese smartphone brand has paired the octa-core SoC (clocked at 2.5 GHz) with a paltry 3 GB RAM along with 32 GB of storage. Thankfully, the expandable storage is an option as Oppo always provides a third slot in its SIM tray for inserting an microSD card apart from the two nano SIM cards.

Oppo offers a 5.7-inch display in the footprint of a smartphone that feels a lot smaller than the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The taller 18:9 display aspect makes the smartphone tall but Oppo has done a good job at keeping the form factor small, making it easy for one-handed usage as opposed to the Note 5 Pro.

While I would earlier praise Oppo despite its aping of Apple’s iOS for its consistent icons and interface, things have changed over the years. ColorOS 3.2 looks fine to the average consumer but seems unfinished in more ways than one.

While ColorOS 3.2 seems light, it’s quite a bit of resource hog, in the sense that it makes a Helio P23 clocked at 2.5 GHz work really hard. There are micro stutters everywhere, but these are only visible to a trained eye so most buyers will not notice these. In short, ColorOS is not as consistent, stable or smooth as Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.

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