With the cost of living rising in Australia it’s good to see that manufacturers like OPPO are releasing phones with decent tech like the new A96 phone at a relatively low price of $399 including 4G support, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage and a slot for up to 1TB SD card.

The OPPO A96 features a LCD 6.59-inch LCD screen, with adaptive 90Hz refresh, covering 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut, 90.8% screen-to-body ratio at 1080×2412 FHD resolution.

The 5000mAh battery capacity gives users the necessary battery power to stay connected all day.

A highlight is the included 33W SUPERVOOC fast charger and cable which other brands don’t provide at this price level. 33W fast charging provides more flexibility with a 30 minute charge providing 55% of battery power.

Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G Mobile Platform the A96 should give acceptable but obviously not super speedy performance.

Naturally at this price point there have to be compromises and these include:

  • Just having two main cameras: 16MP front selfie camera and a 50MP Rear Camera with 2MP Bokeh sensor to help with Portrait Mode.
  • Launching with Android 11, which is a bit disappointing.

Software updates in the future for the A96 will include Android 12 (but not 13) and 3 years of security patches.

The OPPO A96 is now available in two colours, Starry Black and Sunset Blue for $399 at JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Bing Lee, Wireless1, Big W, Catch, Kogan, TeleChoice, Amazon, Mobileciti and The Technology Store AU.

Specifications

Device A96
Model Code CPH2333
Colour Starry Black / Sunset Blue
Chipset (make/ model) Qualcomm SDM 680
Weight About 189g
Form Factor Smartphone
Operating System/ ColorOS Android 11 / ColorOS 11.1
Ingress Protection / Water & Dust resistant IPX4
Display
Screen Size (inches)/ Pixels 6.59″ 1080×2412, FHD+ LCD
Screen Refresh Rate 90Hz
PPI 401PPI
Aspect Ratio 20.1:9
Max Brightness Normal mode: 480 nits
High brightness mode: 600 nits
Screen Contrast Typical value: 1500:1
Touch Panel Type On-Cell
Touch Points 10
Gesture Control Yes
Anti-Fingerprint Coating Yes
Screen off Gestures Yes
Gloves Mode Yes
Wet Touch Yes
Memory
System Memory (RAM) 8GB
Internal Memory (ROM) 128GB
External Memory Micro-SD Max 1TB
Flash Chipset Type UFS2.2 @ 2Lanes HS-Gear3
Camera
Rear Camera Setup 50MP(f/1.8) + 2MP(f/2.4)
Rear Camera Type Main Camera + Mono
Rear Camera Sensor Main: Samsung S5KJN1SQ03
Mono: GalaxyCore GC02M1B
Rear Camera Sensor Size 50MP(1/2.76″)
2MP(1/5.0″)
Rear Camera Field of View 50MP(77°)
2MP(88.8°)
Rear Camera Lens setup 50MP(5P)
2MP(3P)
Rear Camera Zoom Type Digital x10
Rear Camera Video Mode [email protected] fps / [email protected] fps
Front Camera Setup 16MP (f/2.0)
Front Camera Type Punch hole
Front Camera Sensor Sony IMX471
Front Camera Field of View 85°
Front Camera Zoom Type N/A
Front Primary Camera Video Mode 1080P/[email protected] fps
Peripheral
GPS GPS/A-GPS/Beidou/Glonass/GALILEO/QZSS
E-compass Yes(if is Geomagnetic sensor)
Gyro-meter Yes
Barometer Sensor No
Light and Proximity Sensor Yes
Side Key Yes
Vibration Yes
Audio Jack Yes
USB Type/ Version Type-C @ 2.0
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted
OTG Yes
HDMI No
Media
Noise cancelling microphone Yes
Audio Recorder Yes
FM Radio No
Audio Format (PLAYBACK) 3GP/M4A/AAC/FLAC/MID//MP3/WAV/OGG/APE/AMR/WMA/MKA
Video Format (PLAYBACK) MP4/3GP/ASF/AVI/FLV/M2TS/MKV/MPG/TS/WEBM/WMV
Audio Codec AAC LC/HE-AACv1 (AAC+)/HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)/AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC)/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/FLAC/GSM/MP3/Opus/PCM/WAVE/Vorbis
Video Codec H.264 (BP,MP,HP)/H.265 HEVC/MPEG-4 SP/VP8/VP9/MPEG2/VC1
Network
GPRS GPRS 850/900: class4
GPRS 1800/PCS1900: class1
EDGE GSM850/900: class E2
DCS1800/PCS1900: class E2
HSDPA Category CAT24
HSUPA Category CAT7
2G Bands/ Frequencies 850/900/1800/1900
3G Bands/ Frequencies 1/2/4/5/6/8/19
4G Bands/ Frequencies
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66
38/39/40/41
Connectivity
NFC Yes
Bluetooth BT5.0
BT Hotspot Yes
Wi-Fi (bands, *a/b/g/n/ac/ax) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes
VPN Yes
Wi-Fi Direct Yes
Wi-Fi Display Yes
DLNA Yes
WPS Yes
SIM
SIM Lock No
Dual SIM Yes
Dual SIM Type DSS
Dual SIM RAT 4G+4G
SIM Card Type 4FF + 4FF + microSD
Power Management
Battery Size/ Type 5000 mAh/19.35 Wh (Typ)
GSM Talk Time 38h (estimated value)
GSM Standby Time 350h (estimated value)
UMTS Talk Time 38h (estimated value)
UMTS Standby Time 350h (estimated value)
LTE Talk Time 38h (estimated value)
LTE Stanby Time 350h (estimated value)
Charger details 11V/3A @33W
VOOC Yes
Super VOOC SuperVOOC 33W
Wireless Charging No
Packaging (in-box content) YES/ NO
Wall Charger Yes
Data Cable Yes
Headphones No
Case Yes
Screen Protector Yes
User Manual Yes
Warranty Card Yes
Mobile Muster Card Yes
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GrKTcB

Launching with an older version of Android and promising to update it to the current version and then wash their hands of actual Android updates and move on? Typical Oppo…

Not sure why anyone would spend $400 on 4G only phone these days. There are better alternatives out there.

Cheers