Meet Oppo’s new line of budget smartphones. A budget smartphone is simply a smartphone that is pocket friendly in terms of the price you might get it for. So yes, this is the review of Oppo A1K. It is mostly a descriptive article to help you understand this phone better and know what it really offers, before you decide to buy it.
Features of Oppo A1K
- Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- GSM, HSPA and LTE network technology
- IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
- 6.1 inches, 91.3 cm2 (~80.1% screen-to-body ratio)
- 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~282 ppi density)
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3
- Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
- Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset
- Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
- PowerVR GE8320 GPU
- microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
- 32 GB, 2 GB RAM
- Primary camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.2″, 1.4µm, AF
- LED flash, HDR, panorama
- Selfie camera: 5 MP, f/2.0, 1/5″, 1.12µm
- HDR, 720p@30fps
- 3.5mm jack
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
- GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- FM Radio
- microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
- Accelerometer, proximity, compass
- Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
- Colors Black, Red
Now when you see a smartphone in 2019 with no fingerprint scanner then you know two things, it truly is an affordable budget smartphone. For it not to have the same, you will be paying way less. Moving on, it has a plastic build Oppo A1K that sees it weigh about 170 grams.
You still get some nice features with the design of this phone; a dew drop notch for example has been punched on the display panel which has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The back panel has the primary camera with LED flash in horizontal orientation. It is on the top right corner. Oppo branding also shine son the back. The curves on all four corners have been repeated in the display.
Display and camera
This sweet phone has a decent display (for its price). I speak of an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 282 ppi density, 91.3 cm2 and 80.1% screen-to-body ratio. It is a large 6.1 inches panel. That dew drop display allows for reduced bezels which result to an almost complete display estate. The chin is thicker than the forehead though as it should be. I also mentioned there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection- I meant it. Corning Gorilla ensures your display durability and scratch resistance.
There is an 8MP camera lens on the back of this phone and it is the main shooter. It also shoots videos at 1080p@30fps, unlike the selfie camera’s 720p video quality. Speaking of which, the selfie camera is a 5MP lens. Well, I am glad there is a selfie camera, with this affordability intended smartphones it would have been no surprise missing a selfie camera- lucky.
Performance and memory
Oppo’s ColorOS 6 is dominant over Android 9.0 (Pie) which it runs on. Just to thank Oppo for including the latest software update on this phone.
Again, this is a proper budget smartphone so do not ask for anything beyond the Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset, Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and PowerVR GE8320 GPU it comes with.
A microSD can be used to expand internal storage up to 256 GB (dedicated slot) and it is 32 GB with a generous 2 GB RAM.
Well because the performance of Oppo A1K is not as demanding, then it only follows that battery life will be prolonged. And guess what, it has a 4000 mAh battery capacity. I wouldn’t be surprised if one would go 2-3 days until next charge.
Oppo A1K is available in two color options, black or red. Buy yours today.