Highlights and specs: OPPO A96

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The OPPO A96 was announced on March 2022 with the latest A range smartphone having several key and interesting features.

It arrives in Malaysia today with the smartphone keenly anticipated by budget cautious users.

Here’s highlights to the smartphone which I think will be interesting to those keen to use and own the smartphone.

OPPO A96 key highlights

As mentioned, here’s the key highlights of the new A series from OPPO.

Physical highlights

Physically, the OPPO A96 is built with the OPPO Glow Design manufacturing process which makes the smartphone eye-catching, smooth, anti-fingerprint and dirt-proof texture.

It comes in Starry Black and Pearl Pink with a 6.59-inch 90Hz Colour-Rich Punch-Hole Display.

Photo source: OPPO Malaysia

The display has a 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and 1080×2412 FHD resolution.

Despite the colour rich screen, the smartphone deploys All-day AI Eye Comfort which enhances the screen visibility in bright or dim environments based on the levels of ambient light.

Memory and sound

The latest A series from the Chinese company comes with 8GB RAM with RAM Expansion of up to 5GB.  If you are unfamiliar with this technology, it means that unused ROM will be converted to RAM temporarily to allow the smartphone to perform much faster.

Alongside the 8GB RAM is a 256GB ROM and extra storage via SD cards expansion.

The smartphone is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 680 4G Mobile Platform which is said to be able to provide powerful performance for images and videos.  This is not the top end processor, so do not compare this processor with flagship series smartphones.

Also included with the OPPO A95 is dual speakers and microphones that are able to produce high-volume stereo audio while reducing ambient noise. The inclusion of high-fidelity Dirac HD audio technology is said to be able to make viewing experience more immersive.

Battery and charging

Powering this smartphone is a 5000mAh battery which OPPO claims can allows users to text on WhatsApp for up to 15 hours.

The 33W SUPERVOOCTM fast charging battery provides 55% power after 30-minutes charge and Super Power Saving Mode ensures the smartphone will not drain its battery that fast.

Biometrics & security

Security is provided by the fingerprint sensor to the side of the smartphone. This allows quick unlock access.

OPPO A95 cameras

The OPPO A96 carries a 16MP Front Camera which comes with AI Natural Retouching and  360° Fill Light feature.

The rear-facing dual camera setup features a 50MP Rear Camera and a 2MP Bokeh Camera.

Both cameras will not beat flagship smartphones camera but they will do the trick when it comes to photography.

The rear camera also supports 5x digital zoom and up to 20 continuous burst shots.

Personal opinion on the OPPO A96

Like its predecessors, the OPPO A96 is not a flagship smartphone and is aimed to capture the middle and budget cautious market.

Between the two colours, Starry Black looks better to me.

I think the camera set-up could be better, and the 256GB ROM is just enough for a smartphone this days.

Regardless, the huge 5GB RAM extra RAM provided via its RAM Expansion is something worth noting, and if you are looking for a smartphone that will likely fit your budget, this might just be it.

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