Whereas 1080p displays are preferred to 720p, the one on this phone is fine. It has a ~270 PPI density, 16M colors, covers 96.6 cm2, and does support 16M colors. We are also looking at a 19:9 ratio panel on the A12. Before I forget to mention it. The display panel of Oppo A12 can brighten up to 450 nits type. brightness. Whilst in that mood, do note that it does have a blue light filter to protect you from the strain.
In one review on this website we did mention that sometimes IPS panels are underrated when compared to AMOLED. Whereas this is true in some sense, we still hold that IPS panels can still do just fine. Oppo A12 comes with a 6.22 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Now 6.22 inches by nowadays standards is a compact screen. So seeing Oppo have a 720 x 1520 pixels resolution would spark mixed reactions.
Oppo A12 Design
A water-drop Screen, 3D Diamond Blaze Design, and a fingerprint sensor. All these are components of the design and build of Oppo A12. The phone comes in two color options black and blue. It measures 155.9 x 75.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs about 165 grams. The highlight of the design of A12 is 3D Diamond Blaze Design which we very much see on is the back panel.
The black version makes it looks like a gaming phone while the blue version gives it a classy look. Of course being an entry-level smartphone Oppo A12’s build is glass front, plastic back with a plastic frame. It is on the back panel we see the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, Oppo branding, and the dual-camera setup. The power button and volume rocker sit on opposite sides of its frame for a change. The second highlight I would say is that water-drop screen.
Oppo A12 comes with three cameras – two on the back and one on the front. Let us quickly talk about that 5 MP front-facing camera. See, 5 MP (see Nokia C1) is not the best camera resolution. Oppo should have done better with it, to be honest. It is no surprise the company does not talk about it much on the product website. What it does talk about however, is the 13MP main lens captures every last detail, bringing you crisp, clear photos. Shout out to the 2MP depth lens which achieves bokeh blurring helping shoot professional-looking portraits. Video recording here is 1080p@30fps and camera features include LED flash, HDR and panorama.
In a nutshell, Oppo A12’s performance is made up of this. 3GB RAM + 32 GB storage, 4230mAh Battery, ColorOS 6.1 and Dirac Sound. I will not follow this order but let me first mention that this is an Android-powered smartphone running Android 9.0 (see Tecno Phantom 9) with ColorOS 6.1. ColorOS 6 follows the idea of border-less design to bring you the most intelligent system experience. This of course featuring a whole new interface, from the home page to app icons, font sizes to background colors. Oppo A12 is powered by a Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 chipset, Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and PowerVR GE8320 GPU.
Dirac automatically switches between smart audio modes to optimize sound quality depending on what you’re doing – playing games, listening to a song, or watching videos. Whatever you hear, it will be a true-to-life, immersive experience. Source website.
Oppo A12 comes with a 4230mAh battery (see Oppo A31) able to go through a whole day of usage with so much ease. Oppo says you can watch HD videos online for up to 17 hours, or play games for up to 8 hours.
720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~282 ppi density)
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Android 9.0 (Pie); ColorOS 6
Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) chipset
Octa-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU
PowerVR GE8320 GPU
microSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
32 GB, 2 GB RAM
Primary camera: 8 MP, f/2.2, 1/3.2″, 1.4µm, AF
LED flash, HDR, panorama
Selfie camera: 5 MP, f/2.0, 1/5″, 1.12µm
Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
Accelerometer, proximity, compass
Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Colors Black, Red
Now when you see a smartphone in 2019 with no fingerprint scanner then you know two things, it truly is an affordable budget smartphone. For it not to have the same, you will be paying way less. Moving on, it has a plastic build Oppo A1K that sees it weigh about 170 grams.
You still get some nice features with the design of this phone; a dew drop notch for example has been punched on the display panel which has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The back panel has the primary camera with LED flash in horizontal orientation. It is on the top right corner. Oppo branding also shine son the back. The curves on all four corners have been repeated in the display.
Display and camera
This sweet phone has a decent display (for its price). I speak of an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 282 ppi density, 91.3 cm2 and 80.1% screen-to-body ratio. It is a large 6.1 inches panel. That dew drop display allows for reduced bezels which result to an almost complete display estate. The chin is thicker than the forehead though as it should be. I also mentioned there is Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection- I meant it. Corning Gorilla ensures your display durability and scratch resistance.
There is an 8MP camera lens on the back of this phone and it is the main shooter. It also shoots videos at 1080p@30fps, unlike the selfie camera’s 720p video quality. Speaking of which, the selfie camera is a 5MP lens. Well, I am glad there is a selfie camera, with this affordability intended smartphones it would have been no surprise missing a selfie camera- lucky.