Oppo’s A57 mobile phone launches in Australia

Alex Kidman 1 May 2017


$328 for an octa-core Android phone with integrated fingerprint reader.

Oppo Mobile has launched its latest handset into the Australian market in the form of the low-cost Oppo A57. Oppo’s positioning for the Oppo A57 is that it’s an effective growth point from the Oppo F1, as a budget-priced Android phone with a Qualcomm MSM8940 Octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage. That’s not a world-beating combination, but then Oppo does price the Oppo A57 at just $328.

The Oppo A57 does feature an integrated fingerprint sensor onboard, which isn't common at this price point, although if you're after a budget phone, Motorola's recently released Moto G5 is also fingerprint-reader-enabled.

The Oppo A57 runs on Android 6.0 ("Marshmallow"), putting it a little behind the more current Android 7.0 ("Nougat") release. Like other Oppo handsets we’ve reviewed such as the Oppo R9s or Oppo R9s Plus, Oppo layers an extensive launcher overlay on the top of Android that it calls "ColorOS". This tends to give Oppo’s handsets a feel that’s more akin to the iPhone/iOS experience than Android if you’re a keen but budget-strapped smartphone buyer.

In camera terms, the Oppo A57 features a 13MP f/2.2 sensor and 16MP F/2.0 sensor, making it more a selfie-specialist than anything else. The display itself isn’t all that high resolution, with a 5.2 inch 1280x720 pixel display, meaning it’s just High Definition rather than Full High Definition or better. Again, that’s likely a product of its overall asking price. Charging is via MicroUSB to a 2900mAh non-removable battery.

The Oppo A57 is available from today in either black or gold finishes from JB Hi-Fi and Officeworks outright at $328. There’s no sign of a carrier picking up the A57 for contract purposes yet. Historically speaking, Optus has ranged some Oppo handsets but the most frequent provider of Oppo handsets on contract has been Woolworths Mobile.

Dimensions149.1x72.9x7.65 mm
Operating SystemAndroid 6.0/Color OS 3.0
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8940 Octa-core
GPUAdreno 505
Storage32GB plus microSD up to 256GB
Battery2900 mAh (non-removable)
Rear Camera13MP f/2.2
Front Camera16MP f/2.0

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