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recensione oppo a98 5g: da tenere d'occhio aspettando il prezzo
recensione oppo a98 5g: da tenere d'occhio aspettando il prezzo

​Almost two months after the official launch in Italy we decided to try the Oppo A98 5G, an interesting smartphone but which at a price list of €449 was decidedly out of focus. Fortunately, the price drops immediately ran their course and with a depreciation of around €150 already on our shoulders, this A98 5G turns out to be a much more attractive device and, for this very reason, we decided to try it!

Oppo A98 5G is based on a Snapdragon 695, 5000mAh battery, a 6.7″ FHD+ LCD display with 120Hz refresh rate, up to 16GB of RAM (8 physical and 8 virtual) and a photographic compartment that takes the 64mp sensor as starting point Yes, the technical data sheet and also the aesthetics remind us a lot of the Oneplus Nord CE 3 Lite twin that we tried a few months ago, although this Oppo could have a few more arrows to its bow: let’s find out if this is actually the case in this review! 

DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION QUALITY

 

Oppo A98 5G is not a smartphone that will go down in history for a design that upsets the cards on the table but thanks to that effect called Oppo Glow it manages to make the most of the completely plastic body by making pleasant plays of light visible on the back cover. which among other things are not affected by fingerprints. The design is very brick-like, which I always appreciate, thanks to the flat, opaque frame.

The grip is excellent even if we are talking about more than 160mm in height and 76mm in width for 195g in weight, in short, one-handed use is not feasible for some quick operations but it is neither recommended nor comfortable. Although there are no specifics, the glass protecting the front display should be a Gorilla Glass protected in turn by a black plastic border that helps absorb shocks and avoid cracks in the event of a fall. Absent any type of IPXX certification. 

The 3.5mm jack input stands out on the frame as well as the classic type-c 2.0 equipment, main speaker, primary and secondary microphone, split volume rocker, power button with integrated fingerprint sensor and a hybrid trolley for two sims or sim + micro sd. The aesthetics of the bump of the cameras are pleasant, which restores a certain iconicity to the phone even if, being slightly raised, it creates some jolts while we use the smartphone resting on a table.

DISPLAY AND UNLOCK

 

To unlock the Oppo A98 5G we take advantage of the aforementioned side fingerprint sensor located in the power button . As you can see in the video review, the recognition is fast and also the unlock animations, making the experience quite pleasant. There is obviously also the unlocking with the 2D face which I have used several times since being a left-handed person I don’t always find myself using the fingerprint sensor on the right side! 

As soon as it is unlocked, the first thing that catches the eye is the IPS LCD technology , instead of the now more canonical AMOLED, used for this 6.7″ display with FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, obviously with the classic 30/60/90/ 120. I’m not one of those who bias towards IPS indeed, you will soon see a review on a tablet with IPS display that I really liked, however it is undeniable that between some excessive reflections and 680 Nits of peak brightness the experience outdoors and in direct sunlight it is not the best, especially during these summer months.

I consider the 1000 Nits by now the right compromise as well as the minimum wage in this price range with the 1200 as the most sensible and reasonable choice on the consumption/quality side. 680 during peak means we’ll often hit 500-600 nits resulting in difficulty viewing dark screens. 

​Unfortunately we do not that still run in FullHD. Going into more detail, as on all OnePlus / Oppo / Realme we do not have fine control of the refresh rate and to force it in apps like YouTube: either we are satisfied with having 60Hz on the homepage or we have to resort to third-party apps to go to force 120Hz in all applications. It would be best to integrate this feature into the system settings. A great advantage of this display over many cheap AMOLEDs is certainly the fact that we practically never tire our eyesight, even in the dark and in prolonged viewing, for example of films, I have never had any problems.

SOFTWARE

 

On board the Oppo A98 5G we find the just updated ColorOS 13.1 which, just like the Realme UI 4.0 and the OxygenOS 13.1 promises to have 15% more speed in app installation, 30% less time needed when opening apps and a 40% improvement in the power consumption efficiency of apps. Excluding these technical data, I find this graphic interface very pleasing to the eye, with pretty but not cloying animations, icons and customizations, without however ever giving up on performance. Unfortunately we do not find the Always On Display, with a basic IPS display it would not make much sense.

Among the most comfortable and nice functions, the one of the floating mini apps is certainly worth mentioning, really well done and with a very wide support also for third parties. The entire gaming suite is also excellent, while the Shelf suite looks a bit like a fish out of water, not finding true optimal integration within the interface with the main swipes on the homepage. As far as software updates are concerned, the update policy should be a 2+3 with two guaranteed majors and three years of security patches with an “almost” monthly release, more likely every 2-3 months.

DATA SHEET

  • Display : 6.72-inch Full HD+ resolution (2,412 x 1,080 pixels) and up to 120Hz refresh rate
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G Octa-core (2×2.2GHz Kryo 660 Gold & 6×1.7GHz Kryo 660 Silver)
  • RAM : 8GB
  • ROM : 256GB expandable via microSD
  • cameras :
    • primary rear: 64 MP, f/1.7, 26mm (wide), PDAF
    • rear depth: 2 MP with f/2.4 aperture
    • rear macro: 2 MP, f/3.3 aperture, 34mm with microlens (40x)
  • front (punch-hole display): 32 MP, f/2.4, 22mm (wide)
  • sensors : side fingerprint reader, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, brightness and proximity
  • connectivity : 5G dual SIM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, BT 5.1, assisted GPS, NFC, IR port, USB Type-C 2.0
  • battery : 5,000 mAh, 67W SUPERVOOC recharge
  • dimensions : 165.6 x 76.1 x 8.2 mm
  • weight : 192 grams
  • colors : Dreamy Blue and Cool Black (both OPPO Glow)

PERFORMANCE AND MORE

 

Joys and sorrows when we come to talk about performance for this OPPO A98 5G. On board we find the Snapdragon 695, an entry level soc for 5G smartphones that is starting to go for the three years of life since its release. Let’s make it clear right away: social use goes very well between Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and all those apps that we can use in everyday life. Of course we do not find that fluidity of a POCO F5 with Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 which is almost comparable to a top of the range but if your main use is bland you will not have too much to complain about, instead going to gain a lot in autonomybeing this Snapdragon 695 actually not expensive in consumption. However, we find 8GB of LPDDR4x 16-bit dual channel physical RAM and 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage, a good compromise all in all and I remind you that the RAM is expandable up to a further 8GB virtual!

Where this SOC shows its limits is when we go to video editing such as the creation of reels, elaborate stories or some more complex editing with applications such as CapCut. Even in gaming you notice the limits with a Honkai Star Rail that even at the minimum quality struggles to maintain a stable framerate, compromising with some less demanding games the Adreno 619 still manages to defend itself decently. Applause to the temperatures that in the middle of summer never exceeded 38°C of the battery in stress use. 

DRUMS

As mentioned above, the battery is amazing: I reached 3h 30min of active display with 24h of active device behind me in one of my super stress days. To give you a context, as always, I remind you that the day was made up of four hours of driving with 200km of cell change routes, wireless Android car with Maps and Spotify always active, 1 hour of Discord calls, lots of photos and videos, social media and everything this is perpetually on 5G with even 800mb of hotspot use for the iPhone (I had to upload reels). The recharge is at 67W and the charger is already included in the sales package! 

MICROPHONES AND RECEPTION

The microphones are excellent for being an “entry level” medium range, in the video review you will find some vocal notes recorded externally and my voice is deep and full-bodied, something not to be taken for granted! Reception is also good with a quick change between 4G and 5G and an always stable signal

DOUBLE SPEAKERS

The dual speaker of OPPO A98 5G works well with an identical quality to the OnePlus Nord CE 3 Lite were it not for the 200% audio boost available on the A98 which on some occasions can make the difference, such as if we are in urban chaos and have to listen to a vowel sent to us.

CAMERA

 

OPPO A98 5G will not remain etched in your memories as the best mid-range cameraphone and does nothing to be so if it weren’t for the “Innovative AI Camera” writing on the back. At the base of the main camera of A98 5G we find a 64mp sensor with f / 1.7 focal aperture and no optical stabilization present. The secondary cameras are a 2mp depth sensor and a macro camera with microlenses for 20X/40X microscope-style magnification, also with two megapixels. 

PHOTO CAM “MICROSCOPE”

The photos are not bad at all during the day, the shots come out at 16MP but by choosing the Hi-Res shooting mode you can also shoot at maximum resolution with slower shutter speeds but a much greater result in detail when zoomed in. Where the main camera struggles more and in situations of low light or difficult exposure where the focus enters a crisis and with the ISO rising the noise immediately comes out of the shadow areas. 

The videos are bad, not so much for the quality but because they stop at 1080P both from the rear and from the front: just too little indeed for a 2023 phone that comes out at €450 in the price list. Selfies, on the other hand , are good, or at least they are in line with the expectations of this price range. There is no autofocus obviously while various filters and beauty modes are available to pre-apply. To my taste the selfie camera is too wide-angle but it is also true that here we enter the field of subjectivity so I leave it up to you to decide! 

CONCLUSIONS

 

Summing up this OPPO A98 5G we are left with a smartphone that can be bought mainly for its excellent autonomy, good build quality with a graceful aesthetic, good quality calls and reception and for a more than well-tested graphical interface. Too bad for the not very bright display and some uncertainty about the camera, especially in low light conditions and as regards videos. A98 5G is not a champion when it comes to performance but having never encountered critical issues, I consider it a reliable smartphone for a casual audience while for those looking for something more, for example on the gaming side, it is better to look elsewhere.

Watch out for the price because from the €450 price list we’ve already dropped to around €300 with a further drop in price around €250 which isn’t all that unthinkable. What do you think with a street price of this type? Do you consider A98 5G an interesting smartphone? Let us know below in the comments and we’ll see you at the next review!

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SCORE: 6.5

 

Oppo A98 is available online from eBay for 310 euros . The value for money is excellent but there are 4 better models. To see the other 20 offers click here. (updated June 24, 2023, 12:20)

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