Take a look at the new Oppo A5 2020 and you can tell it’s not a premium-level, flagship phone, and it’s the same when you pick it up. At the same time it’s fair to say that the handset looks more expensive than it actually is sure, it’s clad in plastic and looks unoriginal, but it’s nicely curved and finished.
Black and white are your rather ho-hum color choices here, with Oppo attaching a plastic screen protector in the factory and bundling a silicone case with the phone too. So if you want some basic protection for your new handset, you won’t necessarily have to go out and buy a separate case.
With that 6.5-inch screen and a thickness of 9.1mm, this is not a compact handset, though you can just about use it with one hand (if you have big-ish hands and dexterous fingers). It’s good for getting a lot on screen at once, but it’s not so good for stuffing into a small pocket.
Oppo has put the power button on the right here, with the volume controls on the left. The headphone jack (yes, there is one) is down at the bottom of the device, together with a speaker grille. Oppo has thankfully gone for USB-C as the data port, with some budget models still resorting to micro USB.
The fingerprint scanner is up on the back. The phone isn’t dust or waterproof, but then you wouldn’t really expect that from a phone at this price corners have to be cut somewhere, so just make sure you don’t drop it in the bath or leave it out in a sandstorm.
You get a lot of screen for your money 6.5 inches but the Oppo A5 2020’s LCD display is running at a relatively low resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels (that works out at 270 pixels-per-inch). A super-sharp, hi-res display panel this is not.
The good news is, it doesn’t really matter too much. Text and icons remain legible and sharp, and the video still looks fine. It’s one of those specs that might look worrying on paper, but which isn’t going to have all that much effect on your actual smartphone experience in the end.
The difference between this and one of Samsung’s high-end Super AMOLED screens is going to be noticeable, but as with everything else that the Oppo A5 2020 brings to the table you have to factor in the price you’re paying. We didn’t find ourselves particularly unhappy or disappointed with the display.
There’s a teardrop notch at the top of the screen, and a slightly chunky bottom chin, but the side bezels are nice and narrow – that allows the screen to really pop out, and we found it bright and vibrant in use.
There’s actually a Full-screen Display mode available that lets you choose whether apps hide the notch (with a solid black bar) or not, as well as a slider for changing the color temperature from cool to warm.
We found the default color temperature worked just fine, though if pushed to make an adjustment we’d probably go cooler. The auto-brightness setting seems to work well too, and picks up ambient lighting conditions well, but you can override this and set the brightness manually if you prefer.