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OPPO A39 Review: The Selfie Expert on a Budget

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Many of an average Filipino smartphone buyer’s concern is the price. Sometimes the much-needed features they are looking for are outside of their price range. OPPO has come up with a smartphone to meet both what a buyer wants on his budget. Meet the OPPO A39. For only P9,990 (promo price) is it worth your hard earned cash? Let’s find out.

OPPO A39

  • 1.5GHz octa core Mediatek MT6750 processor
  • Mali T860 graphics
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage expandable via microSD up to 256GB
  • 5.2-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0
  • Price – P10,990 now on sale P9,990
  • Status: Available in OPPO stores and retailers

Related article – OPPO A39 Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We will not dig deeper on the phone’s hardware and design since its pretty obvious where did OPPO got its inspiration from. But what we can tell you  is the OPPO A39 is very pocket friendly and truly a well-built device.

DISPLAY

OPPO has to cut corners on the display’s resolution to keep the price down without sacrificing quality. Even on 720p only, the 5.2-inch display remains crisp, with punchy colors and good sunlight legibility.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

The OPPO A39 has the same chipset powering its more expensive sibling, the OPPO F1s. It is also paired with 3GB of RAM and generous 32GB of internal storage. These specs are becoming a norm with this price range and it is such a big welcome. Performance has been very smooth and it can play graphic intense games like SkyForce Reloaded and Dead Trigger 2.

OPPO’s ColorOS is the heavy custom skin you see on top of Android OS. It is by far the smoothest and easy to use UI compared to other Chinese custom UI you see on other phones. If you are coming from an iOS device, you won’t have a hard time to adjust.

CAMERA

It may have only an 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front shooters but they still take very good photos. At first we felt underwhelmed by these cameras but once we tried them, we were impressed. Check out some of the photos below.

CONNECTIVITY

The fingerprint scanner is the only feature being removed on this device. Other than that, 4G/LTE, WiFi, and Bluetooth remains to be standard. WiFi seems to be stable and 4G/LTE is within normal range. Calls are clear with no issues and distortions.

BATTERY

Good to know that OPPO placed a large 2,900 mAh battery inside. Battery life lasted for 2 whole days on light to moderate use. On our heavy use, we managed to get over 10 hours of power which includes You Tube, watching movies online, games and social media with 4G and WiFi turned on all the time.

VERDICT

Do you find the OPPO F1s a bit pricey? You better check out the OPPO A39. It has surprisingly good cameras in a more attractive price point. Truly, the OPPO A39 is for Selfie Experts on budget.

FTA Rating

  • Hardware – 10
  • Design – 10
  • Display – 8
  • Camera – 8.8
  • Software – 10
  • Performance – 10
  • Connectivity – 9
  • Battery 10