Oppo has recently launched their Oppo A1k smartphone with a goal to capture a share in this market portion. It was launched at a price of Rs 17,590, the Oppo A1k packs a 4,000mAh battery. This phone also comes with an octa-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor which has been paired with 2GB of RAM. Oppo isn’t the first brand name that comes to mind when thinking of the low-cost smartphone segment in Nepal. Oppo prefers to promote its mid-range to high-end contribution, with the values usually on camera features and innovations.
Oppo A1k is one of the company’s most affordable models in recent times. Can this new budget model strike the right balance of features, performance and price? We’re about to find out.
Oppo A1k Review: Design and display
The design of Oppo A1k is simple on a plastic body and matte finish which looks elegant to hold. It has a plain rear panel, which is fairly tough to break and not susceptible to fingerprint marks. Oppo A1k is sized in a way that one can easily hold and use with one hand. There is a single back camera along with an LED flash setup which slightly stick out. Oppo A1k does not have fingerprint sensor, but this smartphone does come with a face detection feature. Beside this, Oppo A1k comes with a SIM tray where it has slots for two Nano-SIMs and a microSD card.
Coming to the display of the phone, the Oppo A1k has a waterdrop style notch display, the notch houses the front camera. Oppo A1k has 6.1-inch HD+ display which has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. This is quite identical to the Realme C2. The display of Oppo A1k has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection. The display has adequate brightness indoors, but under bright sunlight of summers, the screen looks slightly dim even though the brightness is full resulting hard to read on the phone.
Oppo A1k Review: specifications
|Release date||April 2019|
|Dimensions (mm)||154.50 x 73.80 x 8.40|
|Battery capacity (mAh)||4000|
Oppo A1k Review: Performance and software
Oppo A1k is powered by MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762 octa-core processor based on a 12nm process, which has also been used in Realme C2. Theoretically speaking, this processor is powerful than the Samsung’s Exynos 7870 processor which is found in Galaxy M10, but it lags behind Snapdragon 632 processor of Redmi 7. The MediaTek Helio P22 MT6762 octa-core processor of Oppo A1k has been paired with 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage, which is again a little disappointing in terms of performance and competition as Realme C2 has a variant having 3GB RAM and 32GB.
Coming to the performance, Oppo A1k performs in well during regular day-to-day usage such as WhatsApp, YouTube, Chrome, Facebook etc. You can open around 20-25 tabs in Chrome and there are no lags, however as we took the number of tabs to 30, it starts feeling a tad slow. Most of the time users will get a smooth experience but having said this, we should not expect the phone to handle games with heavy graphics. Games like Subway Surfer, Angry Birds work well with the device. But if you are a PUBG player, I’m afraid this phone is not meant for you.
Oppo A1k provides the latest Android 9 Pie operating system, which comes with the company’s ColorOS 6 skin on top. The smartphone also comes with some bloatware as well such as DailyHunt, UC Browser, Webnovel, NewsPoint etc. These apps can be uninstalled to save some storage space if you want. There is smart sidebar assistant also, if you swipe right on the home screen you will find it. Oppo A1k does not have rapid fast face-unlocking feature, but it does its job, though in some instances, it takes longer time to recognise the face.
Oppo A1k Review: Camera
Oppo A1k has an 8MP camera at the back with an LED flash, and a 5MP front shooter for selfies and video calls. The camera of Oppo A1k also comes with features like Panorama, Time-lapse, Portrait, Expert, HDR and more.
Talking about the performance of these cameras, in good light conditions, the camera works OK, but its not too good and probably the HDR mode is the only mode that seems good in this smartphone. Pictures clicked at night or dim light are very grainy, which is a given in a budget phone. Even the image clicked from the front camera in dim light were not too impressive and lacked detail.
Oppo A1k Review: Battery and speaker
Oppo A1k does not disappoint with its battery backup. With moderate usage such as a bit of YouTube or Facebook, along with a bit of WhatsApp, browsing and photography, this smartphone manages to easily last over a day and a half on a single charge.
This smartphone can last up to two days, just in case if you are not into binge-watching. There is Super High Power Efficiency option which helps to save battery. Oppo A1k takes around two-and-half hours to charge the phone completely from zero to 100 per cent. The speaker at the bottom on the Oppo A1k is pretty loud, but it lacks depth in sound.
Oppo A1k Review: Verdict
Oppo A1k is trendy and comes with a waterdrop-style notch display and comes with the latest Android Pie OS. The smartphone is good for watching videos and basic gaming and has a powerful battery. But then, ideally, there should have been a 3GB RAM and a fingerprint reader. Oppo A1k looks a little overpriced with the given specs. Many of these features can be found in Realme C2. Apart from this, in terms of optics alone, one can also consider Nokia 3.2.
The Price of Oppo A1k in Nepal (Updated Oppo F11 Pro Price in Nepal) ?
The authorized seller of Oppo phone for Nepal has set the price of Oppo A1k in Nepal Nrs. 17,590/– and its price may slightly vary.
Where to buy Oppo A1k in Nepal? (Online/Offline Oppo A1k Purchasing Guide)
There are plenty of offline stores to buy Oppo A1k in Nepal. You can find this phone all over Nepal. If you prefer to buy this Oppo A1k online in Nepal, there are so many online shopping in Nepal. You can choose either daraz or sastodeals, choicemandu or many others.