The OPPO A39 (click for complete specs) is the sequel to last year’s A37. And although it doesn’t look any different from its predecessor — it still looks like an iPhone that’s missing a physical home button — this handset steps up to a slightly bigger screen, better cameras, and faster specs that, unfortunately, run generations-old Android 5.1 Lollipop underneath Color OS 3.0.
The OPPO A39 is the sequel to last year’s A37. And although it doesn’t look any different from its predecessor, this handset steps up to a slightly bigger screen, better cameras, and faster specs.
The A39 gets a 5.2-inch display at 720p resolution that adds a blue-light filter option to make using the handset at night more comfortable on the eyes. The rear camera has been upgraded to a 13-megapixel, f/2.2 unit (from 8 megapixels on the OPPO A37), and the front-facer touts a 5-megapixel sensor that is more sensitive to light, allowing for greater noise reduction. The selfie camera also makes use of clever software tricks to make self-portraits look more flattering.
An octa-core processor from MediaTek is backed by 3GB of RAM and Mali-T860 graphics, while the native storage tops out at 32GB, though you can expand it up to 256GB with a microSD card — without impeding on dual-SIM functionality. Unlike many other phones that ship today, the OPPO A39’s card tray has room for two nano SIMs and a microSD card. The 2,900mAh battery should last a while given the choice of components, though it misses out on OPPO’s fantastic VOOC fast-charging system.
If the OPPO A39 sounds like something up your alley, you should be able to find one retailing for P10,990 (roughly $222) in stores nationwide.
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