When the OPPO A53s 5G was announced, I looked at its specs and thought, “Well that’s a feature-packed smartphone.” But then I looked at its price and was astonished at how the company was able to offer such high value 5G device at such a low price. Available at starting price of Rs 14,990, the A53s 5G is the first OPPO phone under Rs 15,000 to offer 5G capabilities, and that also makes it the most affordable 5G smartphone with 6GB RAM available in the market.
I must say, the OPPO A53s 5G is a fine example of how one can optimally combine innovative technology with an attractive price point. I got to spend some time with this sleek 5G smartphone and have now decided to recommend it to anyone who is looking for a phone under Rs 15,000. There are six main reasons that compel me to do so.
Reason #1: MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G chipset powering the most affordable 5G smartphone
5G is not available in India, so I couldn’t test the peak download speeds of the handset, but having it built-in is certainly reassuring. That’s because 5G is expected to debut in the country soon and phones like the OPPO A53s 5G will be among the first to exploit it. The most affordable 5G device gets its 5G capabilities from the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chipset, which ensures smooth performance for day-to-day usage. I experienced no performance hiccups during the entire duration of using the phone, even when playing high-end games.
That said, what’s very interesting is that this phone ships with a Dual Sim 5G. This allows it to support the two primary types of 5G networks – NSA (Non-Standalone Access) and SA (Standalone Access).This means no matter what variant of 5G is made available by your telecom operator, you can rest assured that the OPPO A53s 5G will work with it.
Another huge 5G benefit of this device is its Stable Network guarantee, which comes from a combination of Smart Antenna Switch, Smart 5G and the Elevator Mode. Smart Antenna Switch takes advantage of the various 5G antennas distributed throughout the phone’s body to ensure a strong cellular reception no matter how it is being held. This means fewer network drops to worry about. As for Smart 5G, it is meant to automatically switch to a 4G network when the 5G signal is weak, ensuring seamless connectivity. And the Elevator Mode makes sure that there’s faster network recovery in the event of loss of network.
Reason #2: Sleekest 5G smartphone I have ever seen
Devices in the budget segment often compromise the design element, but the OPPO A53s 5G is a far cry out that. I should definitely highlight that the OPPO A53s features a very comfortable in-hand feel, thanks to its slim 8.4mm waistline and rounded edges. This only makes the device smooth, allows for a comfortable grip that did not let the phone slip from my hand easily. What is noteworthy here is that OPPO has adopted a number of innovative technologies to ensure that the device remains slim, sleek and weighs just over 189g without compromising on various performance parameters like battery.
These factors make the OPPO A53s 5G the sleekest 5G smartphone in the segment yet. The device is available in two brilliant new colours – Ink Black and Crystal Blur – that make the device look uber premium.The phone even features a side-mounted fingerprint sensor that is fast and accurate.
All in all, the device is slim, sleek and definitely has a fashionable appeal. This device definitely gets my vote for its sleek looks.
Reason #3: RAM expansion, WOW seriously?
The OPPO A53s 5G ships with 6GB or 8GB of RAM, but what’s more exciting is its RAM Expansion technology, which is able to free up available RAM by temporarily moving low-frequency apps to the background by utilizing the on-device storage. I had to test this feature so I made sure to keep plenty of apps open in the background while putting the phone through heavy operations like recording videos, playing games, etc. I can report that RAM Expansion works as advertised. I experienced no lags in performance. These are the kind of features that make a big impact on the overall user experience. RAM Expansion is set to become the new standard in smartphone technology, and OPPO has once again paved the way by bringing it to the budget segment.
Storage is something that’s very important for people who click a lot of photographs or download a lot of content. And with the kind of cameras that the OPPO A53s 5G holds, it really needed a large amount of storage space. The A53s 5G, despite being a budget smartphone, comes with a whopping 128GB of storage, which is more than enough for storing photos, videos, documents and large apps and games. If you still manage to hit the limit, you can always take advantage of its microSD card slot, that supports up to 1TB of additional storage.
Reason #4: Unbeatable massive 5,000mAh battery
Battery life matters a lot to some people and I’m one of them. The 5,000mAh battery inside the OPPO A53s 5G was hence a blessing for me. No matter how heavily I used the phone throughout the day, I always had plenty of juice left in it for some bedtime browsing. In fact, with moderate usage, I was easily able to keep it going for two days straight.
During crunch situations, which will seldom arise due to the large battery, the phone’s Super Power Saving Mode will be a major relief. By enabling this mode, I could program specific apps to extract massive power from a limited amount of battery. With just 10 percent of battery, I could get a talktime of around 231 minutes with the Super Power Saving Mode, ensuring I could keep lines of communication open with friends and family until I reached home. Lastly, there’s also the Super Nighttime Standby technology, which is great if you don’t plug your phone in overnight. With this mode, I could wake up in the morning with almost the same battery level, since it consumes 2 percent of battery life overnight.
Reason #5: Gorgeous Ultra Clear Eye Care Display
On the front of the OPPO A53s 5G, I was greeted by its 6.52-inch Ultra Clear Eye Care Display. The panel is gorgeous with high levels of saturation. The colours on this HD+ resolution screen are realistic and this contributes to immersive visuals no matter what you’re viewing on it. It was also very easy on my eyes thanks to the All-Day AI Eye Comfort technology that includes several features that adjust the brightness and preserve the colours and viewing experience.
And thanks to the AI Smart Backlighting feature, the phone learned from my usage habits to automatically adjust the brightness throughout the day and ensure a personalized viewing experience. There are up to a whopping 4,096 different brightness settings for the device to choose from.
Reason #6: AI triple camera with Ultra Clear 108MP image
The OPPO A53s 5G is no slouch in the camera department, thanks to its AI Triple Camera (13MP Main lens + 2MP portrait Lens + 2MP Macro lens) setup that rivals its contemporaries with a strong set of features. The main sensor which is 13MP unit, can magically churn out 108MP photographs using the Ultra Clear 108MP Image feature. I was totally stunned to see this camera, since I could capture images and crop the unwanted portions later to still retainhigh amounts of sharpness and detail.
Another highlight of the AI Triple Camera is its Ultra Night Mode, which allowed me to capture bright and clear photos even in dim lighting conditions. You even get AI Scene Recognition and AI Beautification on this phone. The OPPO A53s 5G’s front camera is an 8MP unit with support for the Ultra Night Selfie mode. I have to admit, I was thoroughly impressed by the camera capabilities of this phone. Not just the rear cameras, but even the front camera made sure that no photograph lacked the detail and richness that you’ve come to expect from OPPO phones over the years.
So, why do I recommend A53s 5G to those looking for a phone under Rs 15,000?
OPPO this year has presented a great line up of 5G devices and by now offering 5G in the budget segment first, with the A74 5G and now with the OPPO A53s 5G, that brand has made its intentions clear by ensuring all its consumers can be future-ready.
I can say for certain that the OPPO A53s 5G is set to revolutionize the budget smartphone segment with its all-round abilities and the presence of 5G. Looking at the phone, it’s hard to believe that it’s a budget device starting at just Rs 14,990. This most affordable 5G device gets a perfect 5-star rating for bringing great features and 5G in the under-Rs 15,000 price segment. On top of that, the device is the sleekest 5G phone in the segment, and is a real head-turner.
Anyone looking for an affordable phone with strong performance, great design, remarkable battery life, and a splendid display can buy it with their eyes shut. And of course,the added bonus of 5G makes it a truly future-proof investment, one that does not burn a hole in your pocket.
Availability and offers
OPPO A53s 5G will be available for a price of Rs 14,990 for the 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant, and Rs 16,990 for the 8GB RAM + 128GB ROM variant. You can buy the device from Flipkart and Mainline Retail outlets starting May 2nd. There are also some great offers that you can avail when you buy the device.
- Customers buying through retail outlets can avail a 5 percent cashback from leading bank partners including HDFC Bank, Standard Chartered, Kotak Bank, Bank of Baroda and Federal Bank.
- OPPO is also offering a zero down payment scheme from its finance partners and No-cost EMI of up to 6 months with 1 year of extended warranty.
- Customers paying via Paytm will receive 11 percent cashback.
- Customers ordering online through Flipkart can avail a flat Rs 1,250 instant discount on HDFC Bank cards and Credit Card EMI transactions, 2 Years Warranty (1 year extended), up to 70 percent buyback at Re 1 and no-cost EMI up to 9 months.
- Existing OPPO Customers can also upgrade their OPPO phone and get Rs 1,500 additional exchange discount.