OPPO A5s Review - Android

OPPO A5s Review - Android

Recently, the OPPO A5s made its way to the Philippines. This budget-friendly device is a successor to last year’s OPPO A3s. We took this...

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Recently, the OPPO A5s made its way to the Philippines. This budget-friendly device is a successor to last year’s OPPO A3s. We took this device for a full spin to see how well it performs. Read on!

Design and Construction

The OPPO A5s is an entry-level phone housed in a plastic body. There’s a metallic finish around the sides of the device, while the rear’s plastic back attempts to imitate a glass back. Overall, the construction of the phone is solid and sturdy, despite it being a budget phone.

The device has a 6.2-inch screen, with a water drop notch that’s occupied by the selfie camera. A plus point for the A5s is that the display is fitted with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and also has a pre-installed screen protector. When it comes to bezels, the A5s has a rather sizeable chin, but the surrounding sides and the top are not as hefty.

The left side houses the triple card tray, namely two SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Below that are the volume buttons, while on the right side is the power button. All three buttons are easy to reach and are clicky as well.

There’s nothing at the top of the phone since the A5s squeezed in everything at the bottom. You’ll see the micro USB port, a loudspeaker, a 3.5mm audio port, and the microphone are all lined up together at the base.

Over the rear, there are dual cameras and the LED flash, all accented with a gold lining. There’s also a fingerprint scanner. I found the fingerprint scanner easy to reach. However, it always took a couple of moments, pressing my finger for the phone to unlock. The smartphone also employs a face unlock option although, similar to the fingerprint scanning, it would always take a while before it would kick in.

Display and Multimedia

As mentioned, the OPPO A5s sports a 6.2-inch screen. It’s pretty sizeable for watching videos and gaming although, it only has an HD+ resolution. That should be enough for its given price point. Colors produced are somewhat vibrant and have a slight saturation to them. Under the sunlight, I had to push the brightness at 95% to be able to view things properly.

The A5s has a lone speaker at the base of the device. Audio quality is loud, but having it at maximum volume, or even at 80%, will have your ears ringing as the highs overpower the lows.


Up front, the A5s has an 8MP selfie camera that resides in the water drop notch. Situated on the rear are a 13MP shooter, a 2MP shooter, and an LED Flash. We’ve taken a couple of sample photos and had an in-depth look at them.

The 8MP selfie camera delivers decent selfies, but I find the colors to be a little dull. Also, even without AI turned on, the selfies look like its smoothened out slightly. With the AI option on, selfies look a little unnatural and overly processed as you amp up the AI beauty mode level.

Here’s a small gallery of selfies taken with the A5s: