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The phone will go on sale through India’s Flipkart online store for ₹14,990 (around P9,732 or $201) and ₹16,990 (P11,030 or $228) for 6GB and 8GB RAM, respectively. Both variants have 128GB of expandable storage.
Understandably, the A53s 5G is priced lower than the recently launched OPPO A74 5G, which retails at ₹17,990 (P11,680 or $241) in India. The latter is built around the Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G SoC, while the OPPO A53s 5G uses a 7nm MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip with dual-mode 5G, same as the Realme 8 5G.
Besides a 5G modem, the Dimensity 700 includes two Cortex-A76 performance cores operating up to a speedy 2.2GHz, as well as Cortex-A55 low-power cores for basic smartphone tasks.
As expected, the A53s 5G runs Android 11-based ColorOS 11 similar to most other phones in OPPO’s 2021 lineup. ColorOS 11 is more than just a version bump and introduces new features, such as a closer-to-stock-Android UI, the ability to choose between different levels of contrast in Dark mode, customizable icons, and many more.
The OPPO A53s 5G also packs a triple camera setup led by a 13-megapixel sensor. The main sensor is paired with two 2-megapixel cameras for taking macro and portrait shots. For selfies, you get an 8-megapixel front-facer.
As for the display, the smartphone comes with a 6.52-inch HD+ LCD. Unlike the vanilla OPPO A53 2020 that launched in the Philippines for P8,990 ($186), though, the latest release has a 60Hz refresh rate, as opposed to a 90Hz refresh that makes the UI and content look more fluid.
Hopefully, OPPO Philippines decides to make the A53s available in the country, as this affordable 5G model will definitely appeal to the mainstream market if priced reasonably. But what do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.
OPPO A53s 5G specs
- 6.52-inch LCD screen, FHD+, 60Hz refresh rate
- Octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 with 5G
- 6GB/8GB RAM
- 128GB storage
- Triple 13-megapixel (main), 2-megapixel (macro), 2-megapixel (depth)
- 8-megapixel front camera
- Fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
- 5,000mAh battery
- ColorOS 11.1 Android 11
- Colors: Ink Black, Crystal Blue
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