Apart from the increasing number of types of smartphones, now the differences between one type and another are getting thinner. Even different memory capacities and colors were released under different names. One of them is the OPPO A15s, which has a large memory capacity on this one.
This variant with the appendix letter “s” is here to complete the needs of consumers, who want a stylish smartphone with a thin (and budget) design, but requires more internal memory capacity and RAM. For multitasking purposes, for example.
With a price that is certainly more expensive, automatically my assessment of this smartphone will be a little different. OPPO will also fight against many competitors who, at least in terms of specifications, can offer better. Here is my testimony of using OPPO A15s as a daily driver.
The OPPO A15s has a design that, of course, is exactly the same as the regular A15. Even though it is classified as an entry class, it still carries the characteristics of OPPO smartphones that are brought from even the mid-range series. The term, if it’s good, doesn’t need to be changed,
The design is thin and light, has a thickness of 7.9mm and weighs only 177 grams. The body is indeed made of polycarbonate plastic, but OPPO managed to make it look and feel like a glass surface. With a slight curve on the left and right.
The difference from the regular OPPO A15 is the color options. Apart from black, the OPPO A15s also comes with a bright blue color which will be a little different when you get a light source. The surface is glossy, but still resists fingerprints, so it doesn’t get dirty easily.
Not only the back, the front is exactly the same. There is a 6.52-inch screen with HD + resolution, 60Hz refresh rate, standard bezel size in its class, and with a waterdrop notch screen design.
The reason is, at the same price range, other competitors are able to provide higher screen resolutions, punch-hole camera designs to Widevine L1 certification to watch streaming content like Netflix in HD quality. Also with additional protection such as Gorilla Glass.
Although indeed, the OPPO A15s screen is not exactly bad either. The quality of the IPS panel used is able to provide rich colors, wide viewing angles and sufficient brightness for outdoor use. It’s just that, a little behind compared to others.
Including the camera. On the front, there is a pretty capable 8MP f / 2.0 camera. OPPO is known for producing quality selfies, with natural AI Beautification effects.
Meanwhile, to capture other moments, there are three camera sensors on the back. The main camera sensor is 13MP f / 2.2, accompanied by two 2MP sensors for close-up photos and natural bokeh effects.
The features themselves are quite complete, from night mode, Dazzle Color to increase automatic saturation, to expert mode which can control ISO to focus manually. The result? You could say it’s optimal for a 13MP sensor size.
It’s just that, again many have offered a 48MP main sensor, with an ultra-wide sensor that can provide varied viewing angles. Likewise, the 1080p video recording is not equipped with EIS.
Both running ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10, of course, the features are not as many as My friends can find on the OPPO Reno5 series. Even though it is actually quite complete, starting from dark mode, easy screenshot capture options to the Quick Return Bubble feature.
What OPPO excels in on the OPPO A15s is the Soloop application, a video editor that is available by default. Through this application, users can produce videos with creative effects, by only needing to select an available template.
Processes such as cropping, changing transition effects until music can be done. Don’t have any special preferences? Can take advantage of the AI Cut feature. Just input the pieces of video you want to combine and Soloop will merge them automatically.
Processor + Performance
The octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 chipset with a maximum CPU of 2.35GHz is not really the fastest. Likewise, the fabrication is ‘still’ 12nm. Even though competitors are using quite a lot of firmer chips, those who use the same chip are still there.
What is superior to the OPPO A15s is a more spacious RAM capacity at 4GB, plus an extensive internal storage of up to 64GB. If you feel it is lacking, there is still a microSD slot that can accommodate up to 256GB capacity. USB OTG support is also available.
A wider RAM capacity will shorten the pause to open applications that have been run before. That way, it will feel faster overall, although not too significant when compared to the regular A15.
And this smartphone is not suitable for gaming purposes, huh. For PUBG Mobile, it’s possible to just play casually, with a smooth or balanced graphic display, without expecting that the visuals always have a consistent smooth framerate.
Not up to 5,000 or even 6,000 mAh like its competitors, indeed. But the 4,230 mAh battery capacity of OPPO A15s can last up to 1.5 – 2 days of use. This is due to the use of power efficient chips and software optimization from ColorOS.
Unfortunately, the charging is still limited to 10W, without fast charging support, and also still uses a USB C port. If my friends plan to use this smartphone as a second device, make sure this situation does not interfere, because they have to carry / use many types of cables.
The price is more expensive for a wider memory capacity. That’s what OPPO is trying to offer through the OPPO A15s series. In fact, the features that are carried are okay. Especially the design which still looks much more expensive than the price it carries.