Design and Display
The OPPO A3s is one of the most affordable handsets currently available in India that offers a notch display design. As this design trend is a rage right now, if you want to hop on to the bandwagon, this might be the most pocket-friendly option for you. The handset is available in dark purple and red colour variants. Our review unit was the former variant out of the two and in all honesty, we liked the colour choice from OPPO. The A3s comes with a glass-like finish at the back and has a dual camera arranged in a horizontal orientation, along with LED flash, on the top-left. Unfortunately, the brand has not included a fingerprint sensor on the phone and there is just OPPO branding in the middle.
The power button is located on the right of the handset and the volume rocker sits on the left spine below the SIM card slot. Both the button options are easily accessible, and frankly more preferable than the traditional same-side placement on most phones. The micro-USB charging port (yes! It is not going away soon from this price category) along with the loudspeaker grille and 3.5mm headphone jack are present at the bottom of the handset.
The new budget segment offering from OPPO packs a 6.2-inch HD+ (720 x 1,520 pixels) In-Cell IPS LCD “Super Full Screen” display with a 19:9 aspect ratio and a small cutout on the top that features the front camera and the earpiece. There are minimum bezels to the left and right sides of the display but the bottom bezel is reasonably thick for some reason. The display quality offered by the A3s is impressive. The viewing angles and maximum brightness ensure that the handset remains usable even in outdoor conditions. For those who are wondering, the notch does not bother you few minutes into using the handset and as you have already made the choice of going for a handset with a notch design, it is pretty much a given that you will not be disappointed.
The A3s does not feel heavy in the hand and is easy to hold despite a large screen size. The phone also feels sturdy and should survive an occasional fall or two. Overall, the build quality offered by the smartphone is decent, especially for its price range. Here’s a closer look at the phone in the design gallery embedded below:
OPPO A3s Design Gallery
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