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Oppo announced yet another lower-budget A series smartphone namely the Oppo A18 in UAE. The price has not been announced yet but from the specs, we can see that it’s a low-budget phone. It comes in a very similar design to what we have seen in the mid-range priced Oppo A58 or the Oppo A78 recently. There are two different colors, Glowing Black and Glowing Blue.
The design is particularly interesting as it comes with an elegant and individualistic Oppo feeling. We haven’t seen the phone in real but as per Oppo’s description it has a shimmering effect which means it shines with a soft, slightly wavering light, we guess under the sunlight.
There is a 6.5-inch classic V-Notch HD+ IPS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate facility. It has a peak brightness of 720 nits which Oppo claims to be a sunlight display because of its good brightness level. It has 100% DCI-P3 as well as eye-care mode to reduce harmful blue light which is good, especially in the dark or night time ambientes.
We are getting an 8+2 MP back camera. It has autofocus, depth sensor, portrait mode with bokeh, full HD recording and so on. On the front, the camera is 5 Megapixels also with 1080p@30fps recording possibility.
The battery is 5000 mAh and there is no info about charging. It is most probably a typical 10W charger as we have seen in previous similar Oppo phones.
The smartphone comes with 4 GB RAM with 4 GB Extended RAM option and 128 GB eMMC 5.1 internal storage. There is up to 1 terabyte microSD option. The chipset used is a MediaTek Helio G85 which has a slightly better gaming score than the Helio G88 in the Nanoreview test. It is surprising because most would think the Helio G88 has a faster performance than the Helio G85 and it is true because the G88 has over better performance with a 272980 AnTuTu (10) score compared to the G85’s AnTuTu score of 269672. But it’s really just 1% difference.
The phone comes with an IPX4 Water resistance and IP5X dust resistance level. IPX4 means you can for example carry it under heavy rain and use the flashlight or lay it nearby when you go to the shower. It resists splashes from every side. So, it’s technically splashproof but it’s better than the IP54 rating which can tolerate light splashes. However, you should know that you can not submerge it in water like an IP68-certified phone.
There is a so-called ultra volume mode that can raise the volume to 300% higher which can be useful for noisy situations. The fingerprint sensor is mounted on the power button on the right side.