The OPPO A5s has been reportedly launched in the Philippines with a local price tag of P6,990 (about $134 converted) similar to its predecessor, the OPPO A3s.
(Update, May 2: There’s an another update! See Philippine availability of P6,990 OPPO A5s revealed.)
But while that price is indeed correct, we can confirm that the OPPO A5s isn’t available in the Philippines — at least not as of this writing.
We went to different stores in Mandaluyong City yesterday and were told that although some retailers already have units of the OPPO A5s in black and red color variants in their shops, they haven’t received the green light to offer them yet. Why? The answers we got were nearly the same: Many stores are still burning through their inventory of the A3s. You know, the phone the A5s will eventually replace. And it’s a bestseller in its category, mind you.
We asked for OPPO headquarters’ official statement on this, but have yet to receive it. We’ll update this story if and when we get it. (Update, April 30: We’re embedding OPPO Philippines’ official statement below!)
To those not familiar, the OPPO A5s was launched in other markets recently, and it’s one of the first phones to get MediaTek’s latest Helio P35 processor under the hood. The version that will be sold in the Philippines features 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage, alongside a 4,230mAh battery. Like the A3s, it also has dual cameras at the back, comprised of a 13-megapixel main sensor and a 2-megapixel depth sensor for portrait photography.
The front of the phone has a 6.2-inch screen with narrow bezels and a tiny, dewdrop notch at the top that houses the selfie camera offering 8 megapixels and an HDR mode for scenes containing a lot of light and shadows. The A5s runs ColorOS 5.2 on top of Android 8.1 Oreo, which is a bummer considering how popular Android 9.0 Pie is today among modern budget handsets.
For a full specs comparison of the OPPO A5s and A3s, check out our breakdown below.
OPPO A5s vs OPPO A3s: Specs comparison
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