Oppo has been very much aware of the dubious conditions in the smartphone market in India and to make full use of it the company is keen on launching its products on a regular basis. As we recently saw the launch of Oppo A12 which we reviewed as well, the company within a very short period has launched a new smartphone called Oppo A52 which falls under the mid-range smartphone section. Oppo has always been amongst the top competitors in the Indian smartphone market and with the launch of A52, the company seems to take the baton on its hand to lead the competition in the mid-range section.
At the first glance, the phone gives you a familiar look as we have already seen such design, and to be more specific the rear side looks very familiar to Vivo V17 with the quad-core sensors placed in L-shaped with a LED flash within a frame. The polycarbonate body of the phone provides a very light and resilient feature to the phone. One worth noticing point of the Oppo A52 is that the glossy Constellation design at the rear side does not attract too many smudges. The curvy edges around the corner allow a better grip making you use the phone for a longer period. The front fascia of the phone is dominated by a big screen with a dewdrop notch. The top side of the phone is blank whereas at the bottom one can sport USB Type-C port, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and a speaker grille. The new Oppo A52 surprisingly has plotted the fingerprint sensor in the power button as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the right side of the phone. The fingerprint sensor is quick in response but the process to register the fingerprint is quite hectic due to the less space on the sensor. On the left side lies the volume rockers and SIM tray with three slots where two slots are for micro SIM card and one slot for microSD card which is a very good point to provide the new Oppo A52 an upper hand in the competition.
Oppo A52 sports a massive screen size of 6.5 inches with the screen type LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. The screen has an aspect ratio of 20:9 which provides wide viewing angles. The wide viewing angle of the screen makes it very comfortable to watch any content on the screen and to play games. The brightness level of the screen is also very good allowing you to view the screen even under bright daylight and this is made possible by the 480 nits brightness type of the screen. The phone has a screen resolution of 1080×2440 pixels. The colors reproduced on the screen are very bright and punch which enhances the viewing experience.
Oppo A52 is running its latest Color OS 7.1 on top of Android 10. The new OS comes with an improvement in the graphics and the audio effects. The new Oppo A52 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor which has octa cores where four cores are clocked at 2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold and the other four cores are clocked at 1.8GHz Kyro 260 Silver. The daily apps when we tested ran without any glitch plus the multi-tasking was very smooth as well. The processor is supported by 6GB Ram size which is quite impressive as well which in turn powers the processor to take on any task. The processor and the RAM of the phone give an impressive output of any heavy task you carry out. Although sometimes we noticed a slight decrease in the speed of processing but it was not something very regular or prominent. The gaming experience is also very good as the Adreno 610 GPU boosts the graphics quality and lets you enjoy games in top-notch graphics quality. Regular games ran in their full quality whereas the big games like PUBG and Asphalt saw some degradation at the graphic level to make the games run smoothly. The internal storage of the phone is 128GB but there is a dedicated slot for increasing the internal storage.
The camera power of the new Oppo A52 is quite impressive as the images captured by the rear camera sensors where very good and the detailing of the images was on point. The color balance in the images captured by the rear sensor was perfectly balanced as the images replicated the original with proper contrast and texture. The wide lens of the phone is also very good as it manages to capture fine details. The images captured at night were also good as we saw the lenses adjust according to the lighting conditions and managed to produce clear and detailed images at night. The issue of noise effect and the graining effect was noticed only when we cross the 2x resolution mark. The production of such high-quality images is made possible by the quad-camera sensors where the primary sensor is of 12MP with an aperture of f/1.7 which acts as the wide lens. The secondary sensor is an ultra-wide sensor of 8MP with an aperture of f/2.2 and has an angle lens of 119 degrees. The third sensor is of a 2MP macro lens with an aperture of f/2.4. The fourth sensor is the depth sensor of 2MP with an aperture of f/2.4. The capability of the rear sensors is undoubtedly very promising under the price range in which the new Oppo A52 falls. The selfie sensor on the other hand is 16MP with an aperture of f/2.0. The selfies captured maintained a very good level of detailing with clarity. The selfie sensor has an AI feature embedded which adjusts according to the lighting conditions. The AI did not over beautify the selfies captures but on some occasions we found that the AI over softened the selfies. Oppo A52 supports 4K video shooting and also possesses the EIS anti-shaking feature to record stable videos but I would suggest recording the videos in 1080p to have a better experience.
The new Oppo A52 holds a battery power of 5,000mAh which is a powerhouse in itself. The battery lasting capability is very impressive as it lasted a whole day with a single charge quite comfortably even after hours of playing games and watching movies. Another advantageous point of the Oppo A52 is that it has a rapid charger that charges up the phone very quickly.
Overall, the new Oppo A52 is a package with a big screen, updated OS, powerful processor, impressive cameras, and a long-lasting battery backup. It is going to pose a serious competition for other companies and at the same time strengthening the A series of Oppo more firmly in the mid-segment at Rs 16,990.