Oppo A1k Review 2019, Oppo is not the first brand name that comes to mind when it comes to the low-cost smartphone category in India. Usually this company prefers to promote its mid-range to high-end offerings, with an emphasis on camera features and innovation.
Oppo has been pushing the boundaries of the design lately, and after the multi-colored gradient was finished and right on top of the ball when smaller sizes began to catch up.
Still, Oppo has an A-series phone for budget-conscious fans, and the new Oppo A1K has been the company’s most affordable model in recent times.
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It’s slotted under the (review) of the Oppo A5, which we found a bit disappointing considering the rupee for its price. 9,990 in India. The price of the new Oppo A1K has also dropped to Rs. 8,490, but it does make it stand out against some serious rivals. Can this new budget model hit the right balance of features, performance and pricing? We’re about to find out.
Oppo A1K design
Even though Realme is now a separate company, there is no reason to deny that Realme C2 (Review) has much in common with Oppo A1K. Both phones are almost the same size and their dimensions are only a fraction of a millimeter. All the buttons, slots, ports and holes of these two phones are in the same position.
The Oppo A1K Realme C2 has a simplistic rear panel instead of textured and patterned, but the small things like the plastic molding line are the same. You will notice that the two models share a lot of their specifications as well.
Oppo launches the A1 in two colors, a simple black and extremely bright red version that we have for review. If you like attractive phones, this finish will definitely fit the bill.
This phone is made entirely out of plastic but the material didn’t feel cheap at all and the build quality is pretty good.
Thankfully, the rear is not slippery and not at all sensitive to smudges and fingerprints. The edges are slightly curved and this phone is reasonably sized by today’s standards. With one side we had no issue using it.
In our review unit, a plastic screen protector was pre-applied, but it loosened in the corner.
At the top of the screen is a waterdrop-style groove with a thin slit for the earpiece on top. Sadly this phone does not have a fingerprint sensor, which we think should have been worth the price.
The power button is on the right and the volume buttons are on the left. The upper left-hand tray has a cutout of two nano-SIMs as well as a microSD card. Below, we have a speaker grill, micro-USB port, and 3.5mm headset socket.
The rear camera bump is a bit stretchy and has some scratchy metal rings around it. It may look like a dual-camera module and can be about the same size as the Realme C2, but there is only a single rear camera with the flash next to this phone.
We think that ordinary people looking for will like the design of the Oppo A1K. It’s not too heavy at 170g, and it’s almost easy to carry and survive. In the retail box, you will find a rather large size 10W charger, a micro-USB cable and a clear plastic case.
Oppo A1K specification and software
Again we find many similarities between Oppo A1K and Realme C2 but curiously, low cost C2 comes out when calculated for a few differences. The two phones have a 6.1-inch 720×1560-pixel 19.5: 9 screen, but the Oppo A1 doesn’t have the Corning Gorilla Glass as protecting it like its nearest sibling.
The two phones are built around the MediaTek Helio P22 SC, with eight ARM Cortex-A53 core 2 GHz, and a PowerVR GE 8329 GPU. We have seen this processor used on different phones at almost the same price. You also get the same 4000mAh battery capacity.
Oppo launches the A1 in just one configuration, with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. You will also find common sensors including single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, FM radio and an e-compass.
Interestingly, the Oppo A1K has only a single 8-megapixel rear camera with f / 2.2 aperture, while the Realm C2 has a 13-megapixel f / 2.2 camera with a 2-megapixel depth sensor. Both phones have a 5-megapixel front camera.
The story continues on the software side, where we see the same Android skin, running on top of Oppo’s ColorOS 6, Android 9 This is a beautifully designed and customizable UI.
The shadow and notifications settings panel notifications look quite different from stock Android, but things are usually where you would expect them to be. An exception to this is the Settings application which has a somewhat synthesized structure.
The Lock Screen Magazine feature shows different photos with links to related articles on your lock screen, but can be disabled. There is an app drawer, but you can close it if you want.
You can customize the layout of the on-screen Android buttons or choose from four swipe-based control schemes if you prefer.
One of our favorite features is the protection of personal information. Apps can scour the Oppo A1 with an empty call log, message history, contact list and calendar when trying to read these things. You must select, but this feature is not compatible with all applications and a claim denied stated that it is not always guaranteed to work.
Still, this is a neat idea. ColorOS also says that it will alert you whether applications are trying to use a phone mix or camera while running in the background.
GameSpace claims to improve gaming performance by clearing the phone’s RAM when the game is launched.
This can suppress banner notifications and prevent background applications from using network bandwidth. Smart Assistant is a page on the left side of the first home screen that contains a step tracker, frequently used contacts shortcuts and a calendar on useful panels, but tries to provide you with a “popular app” for download.
We are slightly disappointed with the amount of bloatware this phone has sent. Oppo has its own App Store and Games Store, also a fake ‘Hot Apps’ folder on the home screen which is actually a link to download more junk.
ColorOS has a number of redundant oppos and third-party apps, including tips, theme stores, music parties, Facebook, UC browsers, Paytm, Hello, DailyHent, WebNovel, NewsPoint and Amazon Shopping. You cannot disable or uninstall all of them.
Oppo A1K performance, battery life and camera
The Oppo A1 has a decent screen but is not very lively and the colors do not look rich. The videos and games were fine, but we found that rounded corners cut some UI elements into full-screen applications and games unless we manually set them to run around the groove. The speaker on the phone was fine too.
The day-to-day performance was good, though we did notice some slight tweaks to the UI animations, such as when flipping thumbnails on the application switcher. 2GB of RAM will probably be a limiting factor if you want to open a lot of background apps and switch between them quickly.
As a criterion test, we received a total surprise score of 76,222 in Antutu, and 75,752 and 7.1 in the single-core and multi-core tests of Geekbench. The GFXBench returns 25fps in the T-Rex scene and 11fps in the Manhattan 3.1 scene.
The 3dmark sling shot and Ice Storm Xtreme test gave us 712 points and 8,340 points, respectively. These scores are expectedly on par with Realme C2 (review) and lag behind behind Redmi 7 ₹ 7,996 (review).
We played PUBG mobile for a while and unfortunately even in low quality settings the visuals were shaky and our responsiveness was compromised.
Battery life is definitely one of the strongest suits of this phone. We managed to last a day and a half on a single charge.
One hour of our use was spent video streaming and taking photos, as well as lots of web surfing and gaming. Our HD video loop test lasted 19 hours, 43 minutes, which is very good. But it was able to charge up to 20 percent in 30 minutes using the included charger.
The Camera app is relatively empty-bones but easy to use. Basic photo, video, and portrait modes are at the bottom a standard ribbon, while panoramas, timeless and expert modes are in a spillover menu. You will find Auto HDR, a few filters and a Beautification toggle.
We are pleasantly surprised at the pictures we can capture during the day. As long as the subject was there, the quality was good even at full size. It’s still an entry-level smartphone camera and so it struggled a bit with high-contrast exposures, but overall we think that Oppo did a good job here.
An interesting thing is that we found that the portrait mode didn’t seem to work at all, and no understandable background blurred out. Even the daytime selfie was good.
However, the situation was not good at night. Most of the time the focus was completely off and the details were messy and noisy. In our subjects, shots taken without a lot of artificial light were not at all usable.
Video recording resolution goes up to Full-HD. We saw a lot of focus shifting with moving objects and the videos we recorded were a bit dark, but overall the quality time wasn’t too bad by the day. At night, we had the same problem as steels and more problems to get the focus right.
Oppo is carrying several heavyweights for around a few thousand bucks. 8,500 mark with Redmi 7 (Review), Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 (Review), and Realme 3 (Review). Unfortunately it does not print these options except for battery life terms.
We think a lot of people have to have features like fingerprint sensor and extra rear camera at this price level and want to play games and take decent pictures. If you can spend some more money, you can grab Redmi Note, 10,390 (review), Realme U1 (review), or Zenfone Max Pro M2 (review) for Rs. 10,000.
Nevertheless, the option we are returning to is C2 (Review) in Realm. While it may not seem fair to continue comparing the phones we reviewed here with the other models, the simple fact is that they cost almost 40 percent more than the base variants of the Oppo A1K, with the C2 Oppo on the same device realm with its camera and front. The side also provides a somewhat weaker specification for the lack of gorilla glass.
Even the Realm C2’s high-priced variant costs a bit less than the Oppo A1K, with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.
Of course, C2 and many of the other phones we enclose are available online and only through flash sales, so if you want to make the most of what you’re buying, you’ll have to fight them.
A lot of people buy phones only offline, and even though this is completely understandable, we expect buyers to come across the Oppo A1 offline and love the fact that there are other options.