Chinese brand OPPO has a faithful following in India after it staked out its space as a selfie-friendly smartphone. Problem was most of its Selfie Experts were priced on the wrong side of Rs 20,000, keeping them out of the range of many buyers. Having handled some of these up-market models, I am thrilled to get the same comfortable feel and pretty much the same experience with the recently launched OPPO A83.
The centre piece of any OPPO phone is its Artificial Intelligence-fueled Beauty Recognition Technology. And the tool is available with the A83 with all its bag of tricks — a canny judgement of gender and age, skin colour and texture — that subtly highlights all the good features of a person's face. Yes beauty is subjective — but OPPO'S technology in its 8 MP front camera tries to help!
The 13MP rear camera can shoot ultra HD quality — a useful feature that combines multiple shots to create a 50MP image
The 5.7-inch display is slightly better than 720p HD and the currently fashionable 18:9 ekes the max space out of the display area with a very thin bezel. The 3GB RAM is OK and so is the 32GB storage expansion; the VoLTE add-on to the 4G connectivity that allows you to go all-data and free-voice with a service like Jio. Another high-end feature is the ability to unlock the phone by aligning your face to it. I am a bit disappointed that in 2018, this is still Android 7.1 rather than 8.
Otherwise this is one solid performer with features that will seem generous for the asking price of Rs 13,990.