How’s it going guys, in this article, we’ll be looking at the Oppo A93. I’ve been using the A93 for over a month now and in this video, I’ll be sharing my thoughts, pros, and cons about this device with you guys.
Without further delay, let’s get started. First off, Here’s how the box of the A93 looks like, this is what you get when you buy it.
To open this box, after sliding it out and opening the main box, we have
the main Oppo A93 alongside all the highlighted features, the Super AMOLED Display, 6 AI Cameras, In-display fingerprint reader, and a 7.48mm thin device and this thing is actually slim.
Inside that same package, we’ve got a smaller box housing the SIM ejector tool on the back, and inside it is where we have the paperwork, namely; Safety Guide and the Quick Guide to start up your phone. This is also where you have the rubber case.
Further down inside the box are the accessories, as usual, the USB C transfer and charging cable, wired headphones, and a huge 18W charger which when I tested took my A93 to almost 70% in 1 hour of charging. Now you can see why we got a big box, a lot of accessories, you even get a charger which is starting to disappear these days. That’s quite a lot in the box of this slim and environment-friendly phone.
Taking the plastic wrap off of the phone, and of course stickers, you’re greeted with the gradient gorgeousness of the A93.
This is one of the few phones I really liked in the midrange space when it comes to the build quality.
You have the headphone jack, one of 2 microphones at the bottom, a USB-C port, and a single speaker which I wish was a stereo set up.
I usually end up blocking the speaker while watching movies or gaming with the speaker out loud so you would need the headphones that come in the box or wireless headphones.
The right side of the phone has the power button, the left side houses the volume rocker keys, and the sim slot which has all spaces. The top houses only the second microphone.
Upfront is the earpiece and the dual-hole punch.
The quad-camera set up on the back looks nice and aligned and has the flash just beside it. It definitely protrudes and has that gas cooker look. The dividing line, the purple edge, everything just makes this design of this particular color look slick and for the last part of the body you have the Oppo branding
There are additional colors in Metallic White and Matte Black but this is Called the Magic Blue and I think it’s the best color option. Of course, it’s not glass or metal, it’s polycarbonate or plastic, the standard glass and plastic mesh of our new smartphones, and is obviously more durable.
The gradient look is gorgeous, my girlfriend thought it was gorgeous as well but as with everything in life, it’s not all about appearances, how does it perform, what’s it like on the inside. That’s what she said.
It took 1 minute and 15 seconds to boot and set up the A93 and you’re ushered into Color OS 7.2 which is an upgrade from the A92’s 7.1. Of course, It’s Android 10.
The display of the A93 is way better than, the A92 this time around and this is another highlight it’s an AMOLED display on here.
The A92 has 480 nits of brightness while this has up to 800 nits of peak brightness. Screen size is slightly smaller on here with 6.43 inches and a wider hole punch housing two cameras, both are 1080p displays and the A93 has a slightly better display with its pixels per inch at 409 PPI.
I think video quality looked really nice here yeah, it’s not a high refresh rate display, it’s 60Hz but it did look really clear in the video. You can stream up to 1080p content on YouTube.
The only issue I had with this, as with gaming is the fact that it’s a single speaker so you can easily block it when watching content, however, I believe many people would be using headphones when watching or consuming content here generally.
I liked it for day to day use, phone calls were clear, browsing, typing texts and everything in between was okay.
The experience was further enhanced in my opinion by how slim it looks and how light it was. I didn’t also have any issues or crashes especially with apps running in the background or games. You also get dark mode.
Speaking of games, apart from how clear it looked, and tactile touch felt here. I found the device responsive and the lightness of it made it feel better to use. I gamed with this phone for hours and at one time where I gamed for one hour straight, I didn’t feel any overheating, it was warm but not so much to worry about.
In terms of how it sounded as well, referring to the speaker quality when I played music and videos or generally audio, it was okay.
When it comes to software and the phone’s main feature highlights. First off, you’ve got the Helio P95 from MediaTek which is an interesting processor. It’s an Octacore processor which is 12nm. I feel this could have been a better choice but one could state that pricing was a factor.
Why? Here in Nigeria, this device is retailing for ₦125,000 and its predecessor is ₦109,000. The difference is ₦16,000 which is about $34 and the A92 comes with a slightly better Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and that is 11nm which as well all know, the smaller the nanometer, the better. So that’s a bit of a dilemma.
Storage on here is 128GB which is plenty but on opening the phone I think I had about 112GB of storage usable, and you’ve got 8GB of RAM which is also plenty enough for your multitasking needs and more. You can be like me and use Google One so you have huge cloud storage, I think it’s about 100GB of storage.
When it comes to the battery life, I did find the 4,000 mah battery hard to drain. I did a lot of testing and running heavy graphic benchmark software like Slingshot and it took me about 12 hours to drain although intermittently. Also, I must commend the standby time on this device, especially when your battery is low.
As always during my call of duty gaming sessions, I was able to get the battery from 46% down to 35% in 30 minutes and after 1 hour of gaming, it further went down to 26% which is basically a 20% loss of battery life after 1 hour of gaming.
As I mentioned earlier, you’ve got an 18W fast charger and this is how it performs.
- From the first 30 minutes of charge, you get up to 34%,
- in 1 hour you get up to 69% almost 70%.
- In 1 Hour 30 minutes, your phone is almost full at 92%
- and in barely 20 minutes, you get a full 100% battery.
You’ve got an in-screen fingerprint reader here, and it basically shines a light to capture your thumb to unlock. You can tap to wake and also unlock.
You’ve also got face unlock capabilities on here and yes it would work if you pull a face mask just under your nose but not covering your nose.
The selfie camera is a 16MP sensor as I mentioned and the images it produces are quite good for photos and videos. The selfie I took brought out detail, quite a lot actually
it’s also accompanied by a 2MP depth sensor which would help you with the blurry background. I also noticed that the blur did overexpose the background when I took portrait images in some other areas.
If you get the A93, I’d recommend turning off the beauty mode filter for the front-facing camera in all modes so you can get somewhat natural images and it doesn’t look overly smoothened.
I also noticed the effect when you switch from the back to the front camera. Just a little animation which is a subtle touch.
On the back camera side of things, the ultra-wide camera tops at 8MP while the main camera at the low level is a 12MP camera or a 48MP capable sensor and everything builds up from that. The remaining 2 cameras are 2MP depth cameras.
When it comes to the picture quality on these cameras, the 8MP ultrawide did look really cool with the HDR effect it has, saturation and the depth was very nice on the images I took.
The main 12MP shot when it’s not 48MP looks brighter and sharper, of course, it’s got the better sensor capable of the maxed-out 48MP which has something interesting I want to share with you guys in a bit. There is no telephoto or zoom lens on this phone’s camera and as I said, everything else builds on the main camera, the 48MP capable camera.
Zooming here was really cool to see it didn’t lose a lot of detail in the 5X zoom mode and in fact it can zoom up to 10x. Yes, you might notice less sharpened edges but it’s still legible and you can pick details like texts which could be a major reason for zoom capable lenses.
To actually use the 48MP mode on this camera, you’ll have to use the menu in the camera’s header settings to select the mode and choose 48MP. One of the many shots I took with this camera, the 48MP camera shows how you can see enough details in things like text when you enlarge or zoom into the image.
This image was shot with the phone around my upper body area, I thought it looked cool although some parts of the text are blurry, it’s still legible enough.
The 48MP uses similar technology to a quad Bayer type sensor, according to reports, it’s the ISOCELL GM1 sensor from Samsung where normally you would have 12MP multiplied by 4.
However, when the 48MP is not activated from the menu in the camera, you will get 12MP shots.
The 48MP shots I took on here were about 10-25 Megabytes. Speaking of the 48MP camera, according to Oppo, while you do have a 48MP sensor, among the quad-camera set up, the AI capabilities of the A93 allows the image to be scaled up and optimized to seem like it was taken on a 108MP sensor which lets you get similar quality. With this, you can for instance print your images and enlarge them. This feature can also be found in the Reno 3, 3 Pro, and Reno 2.
This camera is capable of 1080p in video and the video quality looked good with their gyro-EIS or Gyroscope Electronic Image Stabilization. I thought the 1080p footage looked stable and it was 13MB.
While in 4K, the video was 73MB, had much more colors or just generally higher in saturation, almost 6 times bigger in file size and it wasn’t as stabilized as 1080p. Slow-motion on here is up to 240FPS and it did look smooth and held some detail even when I handheld it. It’s also only available in 1080p as well.
Something to note about the video recording on the Oppo A93 is that there’s no lens switching when recording video from wide to ultra-wide so you’ll have to preselect and hit record.
For the night shots, it did the job of extracting information in low light. Really low, dark light.
This shot was around 10 pm and it still did the job of extracting details in the skies. I noticed that there were flares there when I made a video and the video quality was fairly stable.
I think this was a very slick phone and it’s one of the very interesting devices I’ve used in terms of body build quality and that was very good for me. Magic blue is where it’s at guys.
I liked showing off this device and I felt confident using it without a case but once in a while I did pop up the case on it and it doesn’t hide the beauty of this phone. It’s not all about the body though, there’s the 4K capable camera which while not the most stable, a mobile tripod can make this useful, colors were good, and again, in 1 hour of charging this from 0%, you’ll get up to 69 or 70% which could qualify as an A in some schools.
There would definitely be arguments about why you would need a 2nd depth sensor instead of just 1 and the fact that it’s not a stereo speaker. Only one speaker at the bottom. However, those might not be major issues especially since they are somewhat extra features.
I’m curious, what do you guys think about the Oppo A93. It’s priced at ₦125,000 Naira or $270.
Let me know if you have any questions or if I missed anything, please point it out in the comments and I’ll be sure to engage with you.