Oppo’s next smartphone in India could be a mid-range device in its A-series. Oppo A5 was launched in its home market of China last month. Oppo A5 is a budget device that offers a notched display, and runs Android 8.1 Oreo and the Chinese smartphone maker is now believed to be planning to launch the smartphone in India as well.
According to 91Mobiles, the Oppo A5 could debut in India as early as next week. The publication cites sources in the retail division claiming that Oppo is preparing to launch the A5 in the country, and will price it under Rs 15,000. The smartphone is aimed to compete against Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Nokia 6.1, and the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1.
To recall, the Oppo A series is aimed at the entry-level and mid-range price segment. The Oppo A5 sports a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 1520×720 pixels, and 19:9 aspect ratio. Powering the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and Adreno 506 GPU. On the back, the Oppo A5 sports a 13-megapixel main camera coupled with a 2-megapixel secondary camera.
At the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling. The Oppo A series focuses on features and design while Oppo’s other smartphones aim to offer the best selfie camera. The Oppo A5 runs Android 8.1 Oreo with its ColorOS on top of it, and is backed by a decently large 4,230mAh battery. Oppo claims the A5 can deliver 14 hours of video playback or 11 hours of gaming on a single charge.
Oppo A5 is a 4G-enabled smartphone, and it lacks fingerprint sensor similar to the Realme 1 smartphone. In China, the Oppo A5 is being offered in mirror blue and mirror pink color, and the company is expected to bring both the variants to India. The smartphone can be seen as an attempt by Oppo to regain some market share in the entry-level and mid-range smartphone segment.
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According to Counterpoint Research, Oppo has dropped to number four in India’s growing smartphone market, and now controls 10 percent of the industry. It is increasingly facing competition from brands like Huawei’s Honor and Vivo in the offline as well as online segment. With most smartphones sold in the country being under Rs 15,000 price segment, Oppo A5 might find some buyers.