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Review of Oppo A16

Oppo A16 is a decent smartphone option if you're working with a budget. Although it doesn't possess any additional features that put it ahead of the competition, it does have adequate camera and battery life. That makes it good for everyday use.

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Updated Nov 08, 2022

Editor’s Rating

3.5

Starting From

35,999.00/- PKR

What we don’t like

  • Heating due to heavy use
  • Display with maximum 720p resolution
  • No fast charging

If you're looking for a good budget-friendly smartphone, the Oppo A16 is a good option. 

In order to make the above statement, I tested the performance, battery, display, operating system and camera. 

It's worth noting that there have been some improvements made as compared to its predecessor. If you’re looking to upgrade, look no further.

Design: Sleek But Slippery

The Oppo A16 is a great phone with a lot of features. It's lightweight at 190g. The IPS LCD ensures a clear and bright display. The 6.52 inches is also perfect for those who want a bigger phone. 

However, the 720 pixels resolution could be better. 

Additionally, there is no Gorilla Glass protection which is a downside. It means that the phone may be more susceptible to scratches and other damage. 

Plus, the design lacks grip and does make the phone more slippery.

Performance: Heats Up

For me, the performance of the Oppo A16 is average. The Helio G35 chipset is not very powerful to handle multitasking. It heats up frequently. 

The PowerVR GE8320 GPU is not good for gaming. 

The 4GB of RAM is very low and will result in slowdown and lag.

However, Oppo A16 does have a lot of storage with its 256GB ROM, which is good.

Battery Life: Just Phenomenal

The Oppo A16 has an excellent battery. The 5000 mAh battery is non-removable and gives the phone a phenomenal battery life. I was able to use it for days on end without having to recharge, which is really impressive. 

The downside is that there's no fast charging available, so it does take a while to charge up.

Network/ Wireless: A Winner In Every Regard

The Oppo A16 does not come with support for 5G networks. However, it does offer fast data speeds with its 4G LTE support. It has fast data speeds with its HSPA and LTE support. You can browse the web, stream videos, and download files quickly with this phone.

The Oppo A16 offers high speed data connectivity. The phone also has Wi-Fi Direct and hotspot support, allowing you to connect other devices to the Internet.

The GPS capabilities allow you to use location-based services and apps. The phone also has support for A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, and BDS. This allows you to get accurate location data even in areas with poor GPS coverage.

The Oppo A16 offers high speed data transfer. 

Lastly, the Oppo A16 comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting headphones or speakers.

Software: Does Its Job

The operating system (OS) of Oppo A16 is Android 11, and it comes with ColorOS 11.1. It is not bad per se, but there are other phones in the market that have Android 12 even though they are in the same price range.

Camera: Deliver What You Expect

The camera could be better. Don't get me wrong, it's still a good camera, but I've used other phones with better cameras.

The Oppo A16 has a triple camera system, with the main camera being 13 MP. The other two cameras are 2 MP each and are used for macro and depth purposes. The camera features LED flash, HDR, and panorama. It is also capable of recording video in 1080p at 30fps.

For selfie purposes, there is an 8 MP camera that is also capable of recording video in 1080p at 30fps. HDR is also available for selfies.

FAST FACTS

Best For:
Photography and Long Usage

Battery:
Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable

About the Brand:
Oppo is a leading tech company, manufacturing smartphones and accessories. It is considered one of the most premium brands.

Final Verdict

The Oppo A16 is a good option for a smartphone on a budget. 

Although it doesn't have any advanced features that would make it stand out from the competition, it offers decent camera and battery life. 

It's also worth noting that there have been some improvements compared to its predecessor. 

However, keep in mind that there are other phones on the market with more advanced features.

Specification

Dimensions 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.8 mm
Weight 203 g
Build Glass front (Corning-made glass), glass back (Corning-made glass), aluminum frame
Protection IP68 dust/water resistant (up to 6m for 30 mins), Ceramic Shield glass
SIM Dual SIM (Nano-SIM and eSIM) or Dual eSIM
Network GSM / CDMA / HSPA / EVDO / LTE / 5G
Display Type Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 800 nits (HBM), 1200 nits (peak)
Screen Size 6.7 inches, 109.8 cm2 (~87.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Screen Resolution 1284 x 2778 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density)
Operating System iOS 16, upgradable to iOS 16.0.3
Chipset Apple A15 Bionic (5 nm)
CPU Hexa-core (2x3.23 GHz Avalanche + 4x1.82 GHz Blizzard)
GPU Apple GPU (5-core graphics)
Memory 128GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 512GB 6GB RAM
Rear Camera Dual, 12 MP, f/1.5, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7", 1.9µm, dual pixel PDAF, sensor-shift OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 13mm, 120˚ (ultrawide)
Front Camera Single 12 MP, f/1.9, 23mm (wide), 1/3.6", PDAF
Camera Features Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama) [email protected]/25/30/60fps, [email protected]/30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 60fps), Cinematic mode ([email protected]), stereo sound rec.
Sound Loudspeaker with stereo sound
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 5.3, A2DP, LE
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
NFC Yes
Radio No
USB Lightning, USB 2.0
Sensors Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Ultra Wideband (UWB) support, Emergency SOS via satellite (SMS sending/receiving)
Battery Li-Ion 4323 mAh, non-removable
Charging Fast charging, 50% in 30 min (advertised), USB Power Delivery 2.0, MagSafe fast wireless charging 15W, Qi wireless charging 7.5W
Colors Midnight, Purple, Starlight, Blue, Red

At A Glance

Design

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3.0

Performance

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3.0

Battery

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4.5

Network

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4.0

Software

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3.5

Camera

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3.5