Chinese company, Oppo Electronics has unveiled a new entry-level smartphone in its homeland today, namely, the Oppo A1. The highlight of the Oppo A1 is the colour options it comes in. Oppo has launched the device in Dark Blue, Cherry Red and White colours. While the first two colours seem to boast a matte finish to the back, the White colour variant looks to have a glass back panel as it’s reflective as you can see in the images below. Oppo has been launching smartphones in different colours, and the same continues with the Oppo A1 as well. However, there’s a massive letdown for the smartphone as it lacks a fingerprint scanner. Oppo has added Face Unlock functionality, but the addition of biometric sensor would have been a better option. The device is exclusive to the Chinese market at the moment, but it might trickle its way to the Indian market soon as Oppo is going through some struggles in the country.
Having said that, we don’t have complete specifications of the smartphone, but we do have the pricing information. The Oppo A1 will retail for 1399 Yuan (approx. Rs 14,360) and will be up for sale starting April 1. During the first sale in China, Oppo will be selling only the Dark Blue, Cherry Red colour options and there’s no timeline on when the White colour variant to be on sale.
The known specifications of the Oppo A1 are 5.7-inch 18:9 display with a 2.5D curved glass protecting it. The device will boast 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, and as stated, there’s no information on which chipset powers the smartphone. A 13MP camera can be found to the back of the phone, along with an 8MP front-facing camera.
Oppo is known for launching selfie-centric smartphones in India, but in China, the scenario is different as the company focuses on delivering an all-round smartphone. A 3180mAh battery backs the smartphone and the phone boots Android Nougat out of the box.
It lacks a fingerprint scanner, which is a bummer in 2018. However, Oppo is relying on the Face Unlock feature. And for the asking price, Oppo should have included a fingerprint scanner. Also, details about the processor are under the wraps at the moment. If it’s a Snapdragon 450 SoC, then you should consider the smartphone, and if it’s a MediaTek processor, you should ignore this good-looking device from Oppo. We will keep you posted about the Indian launch of the Oppo A1.