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Oppo A52 review

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Quick Verdict: The Oppo A52 promises a lot for a budget phone – and it mostly delivers with great battery life and good camera performance.

  • Easy two-day battery life
  • Fast fingerprint unlock
  • Quad camera for under $300
  • Camera can be slow to fire up
  • ColorOS still wants lots of weird permissions

6.5 inches

Display size

2400 x 1080px

64GB

Internal storage

12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear camera

5,000 mAh

Battery size

Finder rated as Excellent vs similar phones

Details

Display

Display Size
6.5 inches
Resolution
2400 x 1080px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
480 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162mm x 75.5mm x 8.9mm
Weight
192g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm SM6125
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
5,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A
Launch price (RRP)$299
Launch date2020-06
Oppo A52
Finder score: 4 How we score our reviews

At a time when you might think that Oppo would be conceding the lower budget market to stablemate realme, it's instead firing ahead with its own value-centric offerings. For just $299, the Oppo A52 appears to be delivering the impossible, with a large display, quad camera and 5,000mAh battery. While it does have a few rough edges as you'd expect from any budget phone, there's still a phenomenal amount of general value in the Oppo A52.


Design

Design

  • 6.5 inch FHD+ display is a corker
  • side-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • screen protector pre-applied
Oppo A52

Camera

Camera

  • Quad cameras can produce nice images, but not quickly
  • no dedicated macro mode
Oppo A52

Performance

Performance

  • Snapdragon 665 sometimes struggles
  • ColorOS continues to improve
Oppo A52

Battery life

Battery life

  • 5,000mAh battery provides easy two-day battery life
  • USB C charging
Oppo A52

Verdict

Verdict

  • A quality phone for the money
Oppo A52
Should you buy it?

Making your choice when picking a budget phone at around $300 certainly isn't easy right now, with exceptional phones available from the likes of Nokia, Motorola and, indeed, Oppo. The Oppo A52 doesn't quite live up to the promise of that quad camera or that 5,000mAh battery. You're not getting a flagship for a budget price, but what you do get is very good indeed, and well worth considering if you're after a more affordable handset.


Pricing and availability

The Oppo A52 sells in Australia for $299 outright.

Price

RRP $299

Where to buy



Specifications

Display

Display Size
6.5 inches
Resolution
2400 x 1080px
Pixels per inch (PPI)
480 ppi

Camera

Rear camera megapixels
12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Rear camera aperture size
f/1.8 + f/2.2
Video recording
4K
Front camera megapixels
16MP
Front camera aperture size
f/2.0

Physical Dimensions

Dimensions
162mm x 75.5mm x 8.9mm
Weight
192g

Connectivity

NFC
Yes
Wi-Fi
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed
N/A

Power, storage and battery

Processor
Qualcomm SM6125
RAM
4GB
Operating system
Android 10
Internal storage
64GB
External storage support
Up to 16GB
Battery capacity
5,000mAh

Device features

Headphone jack
Yes
Fingerprint sensor
Yes
Water resistance rating
N/A

Images: Alex Kidman

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