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Oppo A15 First Impressions: premium feel at ₹10,990!

Nov 05, 2020 16:04 IST

This is the Oppo A15. At ₹10,990, it's offering some decent hardware, and a software experience that's been greatly improved over the years. But what's it like at first glance? Here's our first impressions. Let's start with the front--the A15 sports a 6.52-inch waterdrop notch display, with an 89% screen-to-body ratio. The bezels are quite slim, but the phone has a rather chunky chin. The resolution on offer here is HD+, so content on YouTube and Netflix will max out at 720p. Colours are vibrant, and watching movies and TV shows on this screen is an enjoyable experience. However, an FHD+ screen at this price point would have been nice to see. On the rear, there's a triple camera setup with a 13MP main sensor, a 2MP macro lens and a 2MP depth camera. With AI capabilities, it promises to deliver good results and offers a versatile setup. The AI helps enhance colours by recognising the scene, and can also automatically adjust color saturation, contrast and other settings. There's plenty of colour filters available for both pictures and videos, taken with both the front and rear cameras. There's also HDR on offer, as is Portrait Bokeh mode, that lets you take DSLR-like shots of people. When it comes to the front camera, it's a 5MP sensor that features AI Beautification to smooth out skin tones and provide a more pleasing picture. On the design front, the Oppo A15 is fairly simple, in this Dynamic Black colour. It's a glossy finish, so it does pick up fingerprints, but it reflects light in a manner that makes the finish look quite premium. However, Oppo also offers this phone in a Mystery Blue variant, that gets a matte finish. The back also sports the fingerprint scanner, that's quick to unlock and rarely gives a failed input. On the bottom of the phone, there's a headphone jack, single downward firing speaker and a micro-USB port. However, it would have been nice to see a Type-C port here, especially with similarly priced competitors offering the upgrade. The A15 holds a 4,230mAh battery, that should last you at least a full day, even with heavy usage. It charges with a 10W power adapter, but there's no fast charging available here. When it comes to performance, the A15 runs on the MediaTek Helio P35 chip, which while not the fastest around, provides enough punch to handle both day to day tasks and graphic intensive gaming on medium to low graphic settings. Oppo has integrated its Game Space app to help boost performance and block incoming calls and notifications. There's 3GB RAM on tap, with 32GB storage, that is expandable to 256GB via a microSD card. That brings us to software. There's Android 10 here, with ColorOS 7.2 on top. The skin has been greatly improved over previous iterations, and feels snappy to the touch. It's got loads of additional features and very little bloatware, and the overall UI design is minimal and clean. All in all, the Oppo A15 is a good option if you're considering phones that cost between ₹10,000 and ₹15,000, with strong performance and a clean interface, in spite of its hardware. The compromises it makes aren't a deal breaker if you're just looking for an affordable and handy daily driver.

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