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[Review] Good for Daily Use: The OPPO A95


OPPO A95

RM1,099

Pros

Cons

+ Pretty design

- Single speaker

+ Nice AMOLED display

- Old Snapdragon 662 chipset

+ Expandable storage

- Cameras could perform better

+ Decent battery life

+ IPX4 rating

Errr, I have mixed feelings.


The A95 is OPPO's latest entry-level smartphone, which comes in a 4G and a 5G variant. The one we have on hand is the former one. For a device within its price range, it has an IPX4 water resistance rating, a massive 5000 mAh battery, and a 6.43" AMOLED screen. Yet, I'm expecting something better than a Snapdragon 662 processor so, let's check out how this device fares!

Design


The OPPO A95 comes in Glowing Rainbow Silver and Glowing Starry Black. The unit that I received is the latter with a matte finish featuring OPPO's exclusive glow design, which gives the rear cover a subtle shimmering effect. It looks especially more obvious on this one as if there are stars shining in the deep back night.

Its smooth texture is also fingerprint-resistant so it doesn't pain me looking at it at the end of the day. The OPPO branding also stands out beautifully at the bottom on the back with gold colour letters. The rear camera setup sits on a bump at the top corner. I'm not particularly fond of the camera bump as it makes the phone unable to sit flat on surfaces, just like the HONOR 50 that we've recently reviewed.

On the right, you'll find the power button, while the volume rocker and SIM tray are located on the left. The 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C charging port, and mono speaker are aligned at the bottom. It's worth mentioning that despite its slim design, it can hold 2 SIM cards and a microSD card.


Overall, I like how it feels in my hand, weighing only 175 g. It's also comfortable to use even with just one hand. Most of all, I love how it looks outside and the golden OPPO logo certainly adds some extra points as a statement itself.

Display and Audio


The OPPO A95 boasts an AMOLED display with a 2400 x 2080 resolution. On the 6.43-inch screen, you'll see very slim bezels and a slightly thicker chin at the bottom. Satisfyingly, on this AMOLED panel, colours are vibrant and contrast is better, so watching movies on it can be just as enjoyable on a lazy weekend afternoon.


On the display, there's only a standard 60 Hz refresh rate so that means you can't expect content to be super fast and super smooth on this unit but it fared decently when you browse social media.

While watching videos on this phone can be pretty pleasant, the mono speaker makes it not so suitable for landscape use. The audio is decently loud and clear but since there's only a single speaker on one end, so you won't be able to enjoy balanced audio. Also, I realized that my thick fingers tend to cover the whole speaker grille when I'm gaming. So, if you want to experience better audio, and avoid simultaneous loud and soft audio when you're gaming (thanks to my fingers), I definitely recommend you use your earphones or earbuds or whatever you have, as it also supports Bluetooth 5.0.


The sensor for fingerprint unlock is located under the display right at the bottom edge of the screen. While I have no words for its sensitivity, I would have liked it to be placed slightly higher up on the display. If you're up for some fun with personalising the fingerpri