It wouldn’t be wrong to say Oppo has built its smartphone empire over people’s love of selfies. Most of their smartphones are budget-friendly and targeted at users who love selfies. This is a user group that mostly doesn’t care about the chipset inside a phone. Just to make things clear, we’re not implying anything here. Everyone has different priorities. But the strategy has clearly worked in the company’s favor. The company has launched a couple of new smartphones once again catering to that audience named the Oppo F5 and Oppo A83. And we have our hands on the stock wallpapers from the latter device that you can download.
Traditionally, Oppo focuses on the mid-range segment, leaving everyone else to fight over for flagships and budget smartphones. They’ve found their sweet spot, away from the fight over specs vs money and the bleeding edge of technology. They’ve found users who’d like to spend a little more to make sure their social media feeds are populated with good photos but don’t care about the latest tech. That’s where the Oppo F5 falls in. In a slightly surprising move though, there’s also an Oppo A83 this time around priced at ₹13990 for the more budget oriented selfie lovers.
The Oppo A83 promises most of the F5 features including “AI-powered” selfie beautification and a tall 18:9 screen. The front of the device isn’t entirely borderless and does have prominent bezels at the top and bottom like every other device in this price range. The top bezel houses the earpiece and the selfie camera but a selfie flash is surprisingly absent. Considering this is a selfie oriented smartphone you’d expect that. It does feature a dual sim and a microSD card slot setup which is great because you might be taking a lot of selfies on this one.
Like the Realme One, another budget device from Oppo, the A83 also lacks a fingerprint scanner. Both these devices make up for it with facial recognition but let’s not kid anyone. Apple removed the fingerprint scanner because they had to. They compensated with FaceID and put in extra effort to make it as secure as possible with extra sensors. No Android device, not even in the premium segment has really done that let alone the Oppo A83. In other words, it is not half as secure as a fingerprint scanner. Then again, you’re not exactly a secret government official so…
Despite a much lower price tag, the Oppo A83 has the same MediaTek MT6763T processor (also known as the Helio P23) as the Oppo F5. It has eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores – four running at 2.3GHz and four running at 1.65GHz. The processor is supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage which is expandable up to 256GB. The difference between the F5 and A8 is in the display because the A83 features a 720×1440 display which is significantly less than other smartphones in this range. All of this is powered by a 31800 mAh battery which lacks support for any kind of fast charging.
A month or so later, Google will be releasing Android P but the Oppo A83 ships with Android 7.1.1 which is not even the latest version of Android Nougat. At least you won’t be able to tell the difference since Oppo’s Color OS, an iOS clone, runs on top of Android. There are a few gesture and motion shortcuts that let you unlock the phone and launch directly into an app of your choice. There are also some filters to block spam calls and a feature that tries to identify unknown callers. It also allows you to run two instances of apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, etc. like devices from many other Chinese OEMs. There is a ton of bloatware pre-installed as you would expect.
Oppo A83 Stock Wallpapers
If I had to mention one good thing about this device I’d say it is the wallpapers. There are 10 stock wallpapers here and almost everyone will probably like at least one of these no matter where you’re from. These are the same wallpapers you’ll find on the Oppo F5 so they’re also in the same resolution as the F5 display which is 1080×2160. Below are the wallpapers in a compressed format to give you an idea. You can get the full-size wallpapers from the download link below.