OPPO quietly launched a new budget Android smartphone in India this week, the A5s. It was introduced in Russia last month and is sold in markets such as Taiwan as the OPPO AX5s. The smartphone is set to go on sale in India starting next week via offline stores and will eventually be available on major e-commerce platforms as well. Its two main rivals in the Indian market are the Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7. Does the OPPO smartphone have what it takes to take on the popular Realme and Redmi budget smartphone? Let us find out.
OPPO A5s vs Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Price in India
The OPPO A5s has been priced at INR 9,990 in India for the base variant. Realme 3 is priced at INR 8,999 in the country for the 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and INR 10,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant. Redmi Note 7 is available at INR 9,999 for the base variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variant and INR 11,999 for the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage variant.
OPPO A5s vs Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Display, Performance
OPPO A5s comes with a 6.2-inch Waterdrop screen featuring 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 octa-core processor clocked at 2.3 GHz with an IMG GE8320 GPU. The smartphone packs up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which can be expanded further by up to 256GB thanks to a dedicated microSD card slot. When it comes to software, the A5s runs on ColorOS 5.2 based on Android 8.1.
Realme 3 also has a 6.2-inch display with a Dewdrop notch and 720 x 1520 pixels HD+ resolution. It boasts an impressive 88.3% screen-to-body ratio and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Under the hood, Realme’s offering runs on a MediaTek Helio P70 octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.1 GHz with an ARM Mali-G72 GPU. The phone comes with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Similar to the OPPO A5s, the Realme 3 includes a dedicated microSD card slot for further expansion up to 256GB. On the software front, Realme 3 runs on Android 9 Pie-based ColorOS 6.0.
Redmi Note 7 has a 6.3-inch Dot Notch display featuring 1080 x 2340 pixels Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The display panel is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top. Powering the Redmi Note 7 is a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE octa-core processor clocked at up to 2.2 GHz with custom Kryo 260 cores and an Adreno 512 GPU. The Redmi smartphone comes with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Unlike the OPPO and Realme smartphones, however, the Redmi Note 7 does not have a dedicated microSD card slot for further storage expansion. As for software, the smartphone runs on MIUI 10 based on Android 9 Pie.
The Redmi Note 7 is the clear winner here. Not only does it feature a higher resolution display than the other two phones, but it also happens to be significantly more powerful.
OPPO A5s vs Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Camera, Battery, Connectivity
Now let’s take a look at the camera hardware of these three phones. OPPO A5s has a dual-camera setup at the rear with a 13MP primary sensor featuring an f/2.2 aperture and a 2MP secondary depth-sensor. For selfies, the OPPO smartphone is equipped with an 8MP snapper with an f/2.0 aperture and OPPO’s AI Beautification 2.0 feature. While the smartphone’s camera hardware is not very exciting, the A5s packs an impressively large 4230mAh battery. Connectivity-wise, the A5s supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, 4G VoLTE, and FM radio.
Realme 3 comes with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup at the rear, with the primary sensor clubbed with an f/1.8 aperture. For impressive low-light performance, the phone has a Nightscape mode as well. On the front is a 13MP AI selfie camera with AI Facial Unlock and AI Beautification features. The battery capacity is identical to OPPO A5s at 4230mAh. Connectivity options supported by the Realme 3 include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, and FM radio.
Unlike the Chinese version, the Redmi Note 7 sold in India does not come with a 48-megapixel primary sensor. Instead, it gets a 12MP + 2MP AI dual-camera setup with the primary sensor featuring 1.25um pixel size and an f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone comes with AI scene detection as well as EIS for video recording. Housed inside the “Dot Notch” on the top of the display is a 13MP AI selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture and AI Beautify features. When it comes to battery life, the Redmi Note 7 impresses with a large 4000mAh battery and 18W fast charging support. In terms of connectivity, the phone offers Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, FM radio, USB Type-C port, Bluetooth 5.0 Low Energy, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, 4G VoLTE, and an IR blaster.
In the camera department, the Realme 3 and Redmi Note 7 have an edge over the OPPO A5s. When it comes to battery life and connectivity, however, it is the Redmi Note 7 that is superior to both the OPPO A5s and Realme 3. It is the only one to have fast charging support and supports newer connectivity standards.
OPPO A5s vs Realme 3 vs Redmi Note 7: Verdict
Until recently, the Redmi Note 7 was only sold via flash sales in India, which made it nearly impossible for many buyers to purchase one. Now, however, the smartphone is available in open sale. As an overall package, there is no doubt that the Redmi Note 7 is a better smartphone compared to the Realme 3 and OPPO A5s. It offers a Full HD+ resolution display, powerful Snapdragon 660 AIE chipset, superior connectivity, double-sided glass body with gradient design, and fast charging support.