Oppo isn’t a vastly well-known name still despite having a comprehensive array of phones under its belt. Among the newest of that will be the oppo a53, a well budget model. That’s no bad thing, but it will imply that we have to temper our expectations already.
This isn’t a phone which will revolutionize the marketplace, but nor should anyone expect that from such an inexpensive device. On the plus side, it has some neat extras that mean it occasionally stands apart somewhat amongst an active crowd of cheap phones.
While it is a good deal, this is the main feature of the phone, the Oppo A53 bundles in a 90Hz refresh rate, which isn’t unique in this field with famous brands the Realme 6 also sporting that refresh rate but is still a delightful addition to spruce up a normally fairly ordinary phone.
Form classy display, and the Oppo A53 looks pretty nice for the price. It has a premium look similar to the Honor 10 Lite, with a curved back that is somewhat eye-catching and ensures you’re not alone stuck with the same kind of tedious back that so many other phones stoically stick to it.
Elsewhere, it’s perhaps more unremarkable looking, with the standard bevy of buttons and a conveniently placed fingerprint scanner right where your finger is likely to linger.
At around 186g and 8.4mm thick, the Oppo A53 is very bulky, but the aforementioned curved back means it sits comfortably in your hand at the very least, even though your hands are quite small.
Performance-wise, the Oppo A53 is all about what you’d expect for the price. Inside our tests, it slightly outperformed the similarly priced Redmi Note 7 when it stumbled on multi-core performance, but it was a good way behind in single-core performance. We weren’t irritated by what the Oppo A53 accomplished in daily use, but it wasn’t exactly a wizard either.
This is the general trend with the Oppo A53. It is effective enough, but it lacks a bit of magic. Generally speaking, daily use will the thing you need, letting you easily switch between apps and games without too much slowdown, but it’s not exactly a revolution in design. We were very happy to see it, so it arrived with little bloatware attached, though, with only famous brands Facebook and WPS Office potentially superfluous to one’s needs.
When checking out the camera, it’s another functional moment for the Oppo A53. It works just great but doesn’t expect anything heightened than the usual macro mode. Even an evening mode isn’t included, and we wouldn’t recommend taking snaps in low light with this particular phone. Again though, it suits the budget reasonably well.
Cutting back on features is a key pattern here, with other absences, including waterproofing and wireless charging, but again, these concessions keep the price down. Fast charging is a choice at the very least, though, and we were pleasantly surprised with just how long the Oppo A53 lasted without needing a top-up.
So then, the Oppo A53 isn’t everything you could want and more, but your bank balance should be the price, and you’ll certainly appreciate how dependable it is.
With some stylish looks and the bonus of a superior screen than many others could offer as of this price, it’s not as shabby at all for the money. Just remember to temper your expectations accordingly.