In what appears to be a surprise, OPPO quietly announced a new phone today. The OPPO A1 comes just a few days after the launch of the OPPO R15 and R15 Dream Mirror Edition. It launches in really cool colors with an affordable price but a missing key feature.
I like it when a manufacturer is not afraid to go bold with colors and OPPO has been doing just that lately. The OPPO A1 comes in three colors – Dark Blue, Cherry Red, and Pearl White. The Dark Blue actually looks very nice and if we were to take specs out of the picture, it’ll be a hard decision choosing between it and the blue Meizu E3.
While the blue and red variants have a matte finish, the white seems to be covered in glass seeing as it is reflective. The overall design is simple but classy. There is a 2.5D glass covering the display, the corners are rounded, and there is a single camera and a LED flash on the rear.
OPPO A1 Specs
The OPPO A1 has a 5.7” 18:9 display with a 1440 x 720 resolution. It also has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable storage. For the chipset, the OPPO A1 is powered by a MT6763T processor also known as the Helio P23.
The rear camera is a 13MP sensor which can let you shoot up to 50MP thanks to interpolation. There is an 8MP sensor for selfies and a 3180mAh battery.
There is also Face Unlock but no fingerprint scanner! Yes, that is the missing feature – a fingerprint scanner. It is unimaginable and we want to know what prompted OPPO to make this decision.
The phone also runs ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and has a tripe-card slot. It has Bluetooth 4.2, dual-band Wi-Fi, and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Price and Availability
The OPPO A1 will sell for ¥1499 (~$239) and will go on sale at 10 AM on April 1. See what they did there OPPO A1 (April 1)? Only the blue and red variants are available for pre-order now. However, you get a free pair of wired in-ear headphones with your order.
We don’t know about you but as good looking as this phone is, it doesn’t justify us spending over $200 seeing as it is missing a fingerprint scanner.