Test Oppo A5 2020: a serious rival to Xiaomi Redmi 8

Presentation

Oppo is gradually trying to extend its range in France. After a rather successful A9, the A5 is placed on an ultra competitive market at this price (199 €). By sacrificing a little on photo quality, but still offering a large screen and a more than substantial battery, this Oppo A5 can be used by the champions of the category, such as theXiaomi Redmi Note 8T, or theXiaomi Mi A3?

Ergonomics and design

An classic design.

Oppo A5 may be flanked by a 2020, but it's still a smartphone with a very traditional design, even in 2019. The large 6.5-inch slab occupies nearly 84% of the front panel and a wide black border is displayed at the bottom of the smartphone, proof of its entry-level positioning. The continuity of the screen is only broken by a teardrop-shaped notch housing the selfie module. The A5 2020 does not stand out in the cell phone market, but it is pleasant to hold and rather well finished, despite a plastic back.

An terminal well fini

À In the back, we find almost exactly the same design as theA9, which we tested some time ago. The fingerprint sensor, which is very reactive, takes up this small oval shape, which is not always easy to find with the finger. Above, the photo module has 3 sensors, while a 4th one is offset under the flash. It is possible to unlock the phone via the front camera.

An smartphone enough long

Avec At nearly 200 grams, the A5 is not the heaviest smartphone on the market, without being a featherweight either. If you appreciate its long design, you will always need two hands to control the beast. On the bottom edge, there are one of the two speakers (the other one is located above a selfie module), a USB-C port, and the 3.5 mm mini-jack socket.

An back fine brillant

Il is possible to use two nano-SIM cards and one microSD card at the same time. The latter will be very useful to complete the 64 GB of storage space (of which only 46 GB is available in practice). Note that the Oppo A5 does not have a waterproof certification, which is quite common in these price zones.

just number of ports

Audio

Souvent neglected, the headphone socket is rather pampered on this Oppo A5. Without being the most powerful, it can correctly power many helmets. Similarly, distortion is fairly well contained, the wide dynamic range and the well-controlled crosstalk allow a reproduction of sound nuances and stereo quality.

Cet A5 features two speakers for external stereo sound. The rendering is quite clear and powerful, which is rare at this price level.

Screen

An screen of a higher definition would have been more interesting.

For this A5, Oppo chose a 6.5 inch IPS LCD panel. This is simply the same screen as the one on the A9. This is the same HD+ definition panel (1600 x 720 pixels and only 269 dpi). This choice, no doubt made to save money, is not necessarily relevant. Most content and games are at least Full HD and, above all, the vast majority of competitors use 1080p panels. In direct sunlight, the phone remains readable thanks to a maximum brightness of 481 cd/m² and a fairly well contained reflectance. Finally, its contrast ratio of 1,472:1 places it among the good students of the IPS.

Il must however adjust a display parameter to obtain satisfactory colorimetry. By default, the color temperature was measured at 7,127 K, quite far from the video standard (6,500 K). By modifying the temperature (as shown in the capture below), it is possible to reach 6,489 K and a respectable delta E of 3.1, and thus a practically perfect colorimetry.

Voici the procedure to follow to obtain an ideal color temperature.

La reactivity of the slab of this A5 is in the standard of our classification. With a tactile delay of 95 ms and a remanence evaluated at 18 ms, it is very close to what we found on the Oppo A9.

Performances

Comme on the A9, Oppo chose an eight-core Snapdragon 665 SoC (4 x ARM Cortex-A73 at 2 GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 at 1.8 GHz) to animate its A5 2020. This time it is backed by 3 GB of RAM. This configuration, now well known on the smartphones of this range, offers very good performance. During our SmartViser protocol, which simulates everyday tasks, the smartphone obtained a score of 89.25, in line with mobiles with the same configuration, such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T or the Realme 5.

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Avec a score of 71.34 in game testing, the Oppo A5 did not demerit and even outperformed the Xiaomi Mi A3 quite clearly. On average it averaged just over 40 frames per second. This should allow it to run smoothly in all games, even those in 3D.

Nos performance tests are carried out with viSer, the application developed by the SmartViser company.

Photo

Quatre sensors, but only two take pictures.

La the main difference between the A5 and the A9 is to be found on the photo pane side. Where the A9 had pleasantly surprised us with its main 48-megapixel sensor, the A5 makes do with a 12-megapixel sensor for its wide-angle lens (equivalent to 27 mm in 24x36 and open at f/1.8). The second 8-megapixel sensor is equipped with an ultra-wide-angle lens (16 mm equivalent) open at f/2.3. The other two sensors on the back of the smartphone are only used to add filters in portrait mode.

Module Main: 12 Mpx, f/1.8, eq. 27 mm

For In this comparison, we wanted to oppose this Oppo A5, to the Xiaomi Mi A3, our reference for the photo around 200 €. The duel turns quite easily in favor of the Mi A3. Its initially more defined sensor (48MP) produces more detailed shots. The stitching in the center as well as in the periphery is better. The photo of the Mi A3 is warmer. The A5, on the other hand, offers an image that is too smooth but handles better the optical distortions at the ends of the image.

Par low light, the superiority of the Mi A3 is quite striking. The Oppo A5, with its poorly defined sensor and less efficient software processing, offers a photo that is not very usable. One can feel that Oppo has tried to compensate for the phone's high ISO. Thus, we end up with an image that is too smooth, but also drowned in noise. Here, neither the colors, nor the shapes are faithfully reproduced. Opposite, despite an exposure that could be better, the Mi A3 does well. Its shot is much sharper, details and shapes are visible.

Module ultra wide-angle: 8 MP, f/2.25, eq 16 mm

In offering a more closed optics and an even less defined sensor, the ultra-wide-angle module of the Oppo A5 gives a rather disappointing result. The lack of sharpness is such that when zooming in at 100% (as it is the case here) it almost looks like the photo is blurred. The grain is quite present, the details are absent, and the color rendering is not as good as it should be. As for the Mi A3, it's not perfect, but the photo is more satisfactory. Putting aside the marked optical distortions inherent to this type of optics, we observe a fairly good level of detail and a more accurate colorimetry.

Quand the light is fading, neither smartphone faithfully reproduces our test scene. In the case of the A5, the noise is so present that it is almost impossible to distinguish the scene. The Mi A3 applies an extreme smoothing, which allows to observe the image details a bit better, but with the feeling that grease has been deposited on the lens.

Module front, video and mode portrait

For On its camcorder side, the Oppo A5 is capable of recording in 4K and up to 30 frames per second. It performs this task without too many hiccups, although 1080p capture is preferable to keep a smoother image. The portrait mode, despite the filters from the other two sensors, does not work miracles. Trimming works with difficulty and the blur generated is very artificial. Finally, the selfies module, its 8 megapixel sensor and its open f/2 lens reproduces the usual flaw of Chinese smartphones: the excessive smoothing of faces.

Autonomy

S 'there is one sector where the Oppo A5 2020 does not disappoint, and that is that of autonomy. With its undefined screen, a low-energy (and well-optimized) SoC, and a 5,000 mAh battery, it doesn't take much more than that to make a durable smartphone. After our SmartViser protocol, simulating a rather intensive activity, the Oppo A5 turned off after 29 h 42 min. This exemplary autonomy puts the Oppo A5 in the top 10 of our most enduring smartphones. In theory, with more conventional use, this means that the smartphone could last more than four days before being recharged.

Anautonomy conséquente

only small defect in the table of this autonomy section concerns the recharging of the device. With the charger (10 W) delivered in the box, it takes 3 hours to recharge. It is therefore better to recharge it at night...

Nos Battery tests are automated by viSer, the application developed by the company Smart-Viser.

The results obtained with viSer are based on measurements taken in real conditions of use (calls, SMS, videos, launching applications, web browsing, etc.).