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    OPPO continues to expand the range of smartphones on the market. The new A1K model is equipped with a frameless screen with a drop-cutout, a 4000 mAh battery and 32 GB of internal memory. All this at a price of less than 10 thousand rupees. Does the budget gadget deserve attention? Look and understand.

    OPPO A1K

    Simple but practical

    OPPO A1K is made of matte plastic — a good solution for an inexpensive device. It does not leave fingerprints, and the back panel is not so quickly covered with scratches. You can wear without a cover and not be afraid that the device will come in an unsightly appearance for a few months.

    Phone with a 6.1-inch screen does not feel "shovel" — all thanks to the elongated aspect ratio (19.5:9), thin frames and teardrop-shaped cutout.

    OPPO A1K

    No fingerprint scanner. Instead, it added the function of face recognition using the front camera. With good coverage, there are no problems with unlocking: everything works quickly and accurately. And in the dark, you will have to enter a password - the front camera does not recognize the owner.

    Display with a "drop"

    Bright IPS-matrix has a resolution of HD+. The sharpness of the picture is enough to read a small font, graininess is not evident. Instead of "bangs" — neat teardrop neckline. Everything that happens on the display can be seen from any angle, the image does not change even under a strong slope. Color rendering is also OK: the shades are pleasant and natural.

    OPPO A1K

    The screen has an oleophobic coating, due to which the panel is not so quickly covered with fingerprints, and the matrix itself is protected by tempered glass Corning Gorilla Glass.

    Battery Resistant

    OPPO A1K equipped with a 4000 mAh battery. Undemanding hardware and low display resolution, coupled with a capacious battery, allow you to actively use your smartphone for a couple of days. The battery life in video mode is 13 hours. Hour play in PUBG at medium brightness takes 17% of the charge.

    By default, the system is set to intelligent power-saving mode — in standby mode, it disables geolocation services and voracious utilities. However, each of the points of consumption of charge is easy to customize flexibly for themselves. From a total ban on background work during a long trip to nature to high performance when there are no problems with recharging.

    OPPO A1K

    Hardware without surprises

    Inside, there is an eight-core MediaTek Helio P22 processor - not the smartest chipset, but it is enough for smoothly moving between screens and working in ordinary applications, be it instant messengers, social networks, or an email client. RAM 2 GB, so there are small delays when switching between programs. In resource-intensive games, such as PUBG or "tanks", it is possible to kill oneself only at the minimum graphics settings.

    I am glad that the manufacturer did not save and installed 32 GB of internal memory. This is the minimum amount necessary for the proper functioning of a smartphone in 2019 Because the software with each update weighs more, and the storage space is fast running out. There is also a slot for microSD. It is not a hybrid so you can expand the internal storage without sacrificing two SIM cards.

    A new version of the shell

    The device is controlled by the latest version of the shell ColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0. The interface has become easier and more beautiful, there are many animations. The new system design is reminiscent of MIUI 10.

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    The settings provide such useful functions as the cloning of applications and the "Smart driving" mode. Fans of mobile gaming useful to the application "Games" - it disables notifications and improves performance. By default, the Smart Assistant function is active: a floating button for quick launch of the camera, recording of the screen, gallery and any other programs.

    Simple camera with no frills

    OPPO A1K got a single 8-megapixel camera. The gadget can not boast of outstanding shooting quality. Daytime shots are especially successful in good weather. A mobile phone can make portrait shots, programmatically blur the background.

    OPPO A1K

    HDR Auto is also notable. With it, shots become more vivid and saturated. In low light conditions, there is a lot of digital noise. The photos from the front end are bearable, for Instagram they are fine.

    The video device records in Full HD with 30 fps. The quality is not bad, but there is not enough stabilization.

    Specifications

    DISPLAY

    6.1 ", IPS, 1560x720, 282 ppi

    CHIPSET

    CPU MediaTek MTK6762R (Helio P22), 2.0 GHz

    IMG GE8320 GPU

    RAM MEMORY

    AND DRIVE

    2 GB

    32 GB

    CAMERAS

    primary - 8-megapixel, front - 5 megapixel

    FEATURES

    Face unlock

    BATTERY

    4000 mAh

    Test results

    ANTUTU

    77663

    GEEKBENCH 4

    821 single-core

    3694 multi-core

    AUTONOMY

    up to 13 hours of video playback

    up to 5 hours 30 minutes of play in WoT: Blitz

    Results

    OPPO has a great budget smartphone that is able to make a strong competition to market leaders. To do this, the A1K has a hardy 4000 mAh battery, bright frameless screen, 32 GB of built-in memory, beautiful appearance and functional shell. You can only complain about the lack of NFC, but in this price segment, the module is extremely rare.



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