There are quite a few things working in favor of Oppo A83. The octa-core MediaTek processor is a smooth performing processor and is able enough to do basic tasks as well as handle graphics intensive applications. The graphics chipset is also a winner and for gamers this can be a favorable option if you are not ready to dish out hefty sum of money. Launched in December 2017, A83 has specifications which is similar to Xiaomi phones which are lesser priced. But Oppo too is offering quality specs in mid-range and the phone overall delivers decent performance and could be worth trying. The 18:9 screen and impressive front camera are some of its winning features, not to mention its ease of purchase as it is available at your nearest mobile outlets. It is always a privilege to hand hold your phones before you buy them as they go through rigorous testing phases unlike online phones.
The mid-range smartphone market is heavily crowded at the moment with loads of feature and thin price gaps. But most of these handsets are chiefly available online and this is where Oppo A83 makes a difference. You can buy it from your local mobile shop as well as online. Priced at Rs 13,699 Oppo A83 bundles some decent features but nothing exceptional. Oppo phones usually have high price tags compared to its contemporaries with similar features. Last year Oppo launched several handsets in mid-range section including Oppo A75. Shortly after launching these products Oppo unveiled A83. The flipside is, all these recently launched handsets looks almost similar with near borderless design and 18:9 screen display. Oppo A83 is the cheapest in the 18:9 range smartphones. The A83 shares a lot of features with Oppo F5, albeit with cheaper price by giving away some finesse.
Design & Display:
The Oppo A83 runs on octa-core MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 SoC chipset with 3GB RAM. Experts believe Qualcomm Snapdragon is far better processor than MediaTek. But before getting judgmental about it, the current MediaTek processor for mid-range level are good enough to power the phones. Coupled by the new ARM Mali-G71 MP2 graphics, A83 can be a good option for gamers looking for smooth performance in mid-range budget. The processor and graphics chipset are similar to Oppo F5 with the only exception of 6GB RAM. The biggest turn-of for me is A83’s plastic body. Though Oppo has put an effort in giving the chassis a premium feel but it is a clean slab of hard plastic. The all throughout plastic body has curved edges with little beveling. The screen protrudes a little with sharp edges and kind of feels awkward to hold. The volume rocker is in left and the lock button on right. The microUSB charging port and 3.5mm audio jack sits in the bottom with the card tray and power button on the right edge. The back of the phone has a matte finish with the camera lens and flash on top. Measuring 150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7 mm and weighing in at 143 grams the phone is light and sits firmly in hand and is easily operable. The phone lacks fingerprint sensor which is in fashion now and could put off some buyers. The phone has an internal memory of 32GB which is expandable up to 256GB and has also got OTG support. It has dual-SIM option with 4G LTE and VoLTE and is compatible with any GSM service provider. It supports Wi-Fi at 2.4 and 5GHz and Bluetooth 4.2.
If you let go off the plastic body the phone has a compact design with good hardware specifications in a small form factor. The phone package comes with headphone, microUSB cable, charger, SIM ejection tool and back guard.
The Oppo A83 has a 5.7-inch HD-plus IPS LCD display with a screen resolution of 720×1440 pixels at 282 pixels per inch. The screen is multi-touch TFT capacitive which is justified in this range. The screen is not bright enough when you are viewing in direct sunlight and is not reflective. It has good viewing angles and icons and images look sharp and vivid. The 18:9 screen aspect ratio gives you the feel of wider screen in small form factor and watching videos is impressive. The IPS display does not do much like an OLED screen and color lack intensity and freshness. Oppo has endowed the handset with face unlocking feature in place of fingerprint sensor. The phone unlocks in 0.18 second when held in front of your face and opens to the home screen. The function is smooth but is not secured like Apple’s Face ID which is far more complicated. In dim light or darkness, the feature does not work, and you have to use your passcode to unlock the phone.
The Oppo A83 is fueled by 3,180mAh Li-ion battery and it is good enough to let you run through the day with single charge and with moderate use you can well get through a day and half. It gives you a talk-time of 28 hours. Making and accepting calls is smooth with clear and loud voice quality.
The hardware has the ability to ensure a seamless software performance. The phone can handle basic operations including call, email, browsing, social networking, maps and messages. Out of 32 GB you get approximately 22.8 GB of effective memory space and 2.6 MB of RAM space out of 3 GB
The Oppo A83 has basic camera with 13-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera. The rear and front lens both have F2.2 aperture with single-tone LED flash. The camera can shoot video up to 1080p resolution with good audio clarity and volume. The front camera too can record full-HD videos. You can change the aspect ratios to adjust your picture aspect. The A83’s front camera has an extraordinary touch with built-in artificial intelligent technology. This makes a serious note with selfie lovers looking for something out of the box. Oppo in its website states that the AI in its front camera can recognize the gender, age, skin tone and skin type of the face and then ‘precisely refine 200+ facial feature spots to capture the real you’. Quite a lofty feature for a mid-range smartphone I suppose. Now what is the reality? The front camera uses software algorithm and creates depth-of-field in selfie shots. The shots indeed produce good depth-of-field with decent picture quality and color, though borders lose some clarity and is a tad muddy. The back camera is not as satisfying as the front and there appears considerable flaws in images, especially in low light shots. Otherwise pictures are usually devoid of noise and has decent color capture.
Software & Ui:
The Oppo A83 runs on Android Nougat 7.1. The good news is this handset supports ColorOS. The OS ensures seamless and very snappy performance of your phone with a polished appearance of apps and features. It provides longer battery life, multi-tasking at high speed and a refined Android experience. It is a relatively light interface with a bevy of bloatware which fortunately you can uninstall and make room for your favorite applications. There are iOS-like navigation and toggles. You can pull down the screen to reveal notifications and pull up to show quick toggles and shortcuts to some functions. There are features like clone apps and split screen. The former allows you to keep two versions of same applications if you have multiple profiles and access both at the same time. The split screen lets you use two apps at the same time and is handy if you are an extensive multi-tasker with some serious need. The functions are seamless and nifty. There is night shield application which is a blue light filter for your eye convenience.