Oppo A38, for those who need little from their mobile

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While it is true that most people are excited to access new and powerful technical specifications in a smartphone, there are those who prefer to save a lot of money on their purchases and only need the most basic in terms of performance. For all of them Chinese brands have many options available and Oppo A38 is one of them.

Oppo A38 is an entry-level smartphone which to remain with a price just above 100 euros is shown with a modern style in regards to its design, while its most relevant hardware components are based on an HD quality screen, eight-core processor in charge from MediaTek and a Dual rear camera system with 50 megapixel sensoramong other benefits.

Features of Oppo A38

Oppo A38
Design
Official site Oppo
Dimensions 1163.74 x 75.03 x 8.16mm
Weight 190 grams
Colors black, gold
Grid
Technologies / Bands 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz – 3G: WCDMA 900/2100MHz – 4G: LTE FDD-800/900/1800/2100/2600MHz
SIM type Nano SIM
Screen
Screen technology Capacitive IPS
Dimension 6.56 inches
Resolution HD+
Multitouch Yeah
Performance
Processor MediaTek Helio G85
RAM 4GB
Storage memory
Ability 128GB
SD slot Yes, microSD up to 1 TB
OS
Version Android 13 with ColorOS 13.1
Camera
Resolution 50MP + 2MP
secondary camera 5MP
Maker A stranger
Battery
Ability 5,000 mAh
Fast charge Yes, 33W
Connection ports
loading port Micro USB
USB OTG Yeah
Headphones Yes (3.5mm mini jack)
Connectivity
Wifi Yes, 802.11ac
Bluetooth Yes, 5.3
GPS Yeah
NFC No
Other features
Spanish Language Yeah
Box contents Phone, Power adapter, USB cable

The design you expected

Oppo A38

Oppo A38 is much more striking in this color version

Starting with what you will find on an aesthetic level in this terminal, the sensations are correct for what can be expected from a mobile launch of these times, including a “unibody” casing with a metallic finish on which you can choose two shades, one standard in completely black color and another in gradient which starts in gold on its upper area and ends almost in pink below.

Nails on official dimensions of 163.74 x 75.03 x 8.16 mm and a total weight of 190 grams, you should know that the Oppo A38 has a format with noticeable bezels (especially on its lower margin) as well as a water drop notch above that allows you to place your front camera. You should know that its resistance reaches dust and splashes of water thanks to the IPX4/IP5X certification.

Finally, on the back you will have a circular camera module that places its double sensor in a vertical position on the left end. Yeah If you are looking for the fingerprint sensor you should know that it is located directly on the side on the power/lock button.

Operation for undemanding

Oppo A38

Oppo A38 has IPX4 certification against water

The idea is that you can perform conventional daily actions such as accessing social networks, consuming multimedia such as music or videos, responding to emails and accessing other popular Apps. To achieve this you will rely on a MediaTek Helio G85 processor composed of eight cores and accompanied by 4 GB of RAM.

One of the most negative points to mention about the Oppo A38 is on its screen, Well, its native HD+ resolution is already rare to see in the market, even in those launches with an affordable price. As compensation you can achieve a refresh rate of up to 90Hza touch response speed also of 90 Hz and maximum brightness levels of 720 nits.

Likewise, you can use 128 GB of internal storage that allows expansion through its microSD card slot of up to 1 TB capacity, while one of its highlights is the inclusion of a 5000 mAh battery that will be enough to last more than a day of normal use (also taking advantage of the lower energy consumption of its HD screen) as well as being recharged in a very short time thanks to its 33W fast charging technology.

Results in cameras and connectivity

Oppo A38

Oppo A38 has two traditional cameras

As we had previously highlighted, you will have a camera module divided into two circular capsules, the main one that responds to a 50 megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture and a secondary one that combines its LED flash with a 2 megapixel secondary sensor dedicated for portrait mode. Up front, its selfie sensor is also very simple with 5 megapixels.

When it comes to connectivity, you have access to both Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.3 networks, as well as GPS and 4G LTE mobile networks. As it could not be otherwise, in its physical ports you will have both a reversible USB-C input for charging and a classic 3.5 mm headphone jack. Your factory operating system? Android 13 with the customization layer of the ColorOS 13.1 house.

If all this does not seem enough to you, it is very easy to think of a phone that It looks quite similar but ups the ante on its internal specifications. For example, we have been able to test in detail the Realme C67 and it offers you a Full HD+ screen with a 120 Hz rate, a mid-range processor signed by Qualcomm, up to 8 GB of RAM and even two rear cameras but with a superior 108 megapixel main sensor.

Availability and price of Oppo A38

For buy the Oppo A38 You can do it from several stores such as Amazon with shipping throughout all of Spain, as well as through MediaMarkt with a competitive price and even in Mi Electro has units in stock currently.

PROS:
  • Quite affordable price
  • 5000 mAh battery with 33W fast charging
  • Acceptable internal storage space
  • Model with modern version of Android
CONS:
  • Screen remains at HD+ resolution
  • It doesn’t have much RAM
6.7
Total score

Design
6.5

Screen
6.5

Performance
6

Battery
7.5

Connectivity
7.5

Cameras
6

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