DP-worthy selfie: These photos were taken using an affordable mobile phone’s front cam

No DP? No problem. We just got our hands on a value phone that is fit for every millennial and Gen Z kid’s selfie needs (Okay, maybe our Baby Boomer parents also need this). Our friends from OPPO Philippines sent this sleek baby last week to see if a millennial from Manila would be interested to use a mobile phone that promises “unstoppable selfies”. Of course, we said yes!

Time to unbox. (Product shots are not taken via OPPO)

Ta-dah! We removed the plastic case so you’ll be able to see the phone inside.

For only P11,990, OPPO A57 takes pride in its flagship-level 16MP front camera and 13MP rear camera – something we don’t normally find in mobile phones. Come to think of it, not everyone will always have someone to take their photos, so it’s great that selfie phones exist. It’s safe to claim that phones like this are PERFECT for the independent guys and gals who constantly share selfies, groufies, and/or wefies (or whatever made-up word for a front cam photo that you have up your sleeve). You can take photos with ease, thanks to its hand gesture sensor.

In the box: OPPO A57 mobile phone, Micro USB cable, charger, earphones, SIM ejector tool, documentation, and…

a free case!

Here’s a better look at the earphones and charger.

Plus, for an affordable price, it’s impressive that A57 already has a fingerprint reader, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, up to 256GB space via a dedicated microSD, dual-SIM, and 2,900 mAh battery in one. We got a matte black phone but it’s also available in gold and rose gold. A57’s Cortex-A53 octa-core processor also helps maintain the quality of our mobile games’ visuals. No problem when it comes to playing Mobile Legends, Everwing, and PokemonGo here! You can also watch videos for 11 straight hours before the battery starts to give up.

I also loved how it has an “eye protection” setting which can keep its user’s eyes from getting strained from hours of use. It’s different from the auto brightness setting. For more details, you can view the list of specs at the end of this page. No wonder celebrities like Alden Richards and Sarah Geronimo are also using this brand. Pretty neat and affordable especially for students.

The camera settings look familiar. Here’s the selfie view.

And here’s the view from the rear camera.

Nothing special about the Android ports.

It’s been a while since we last used a selfie as a display photo for our social media pages, and I must admit that choosing a selfie over a high-quality camera photo has never been an option ever since we started using the latter. Well, OPPO A57 is already good, but we believe that phones with a dual camera would produce better-looking ones. Speaking of which, OPPO already has dual front cam phones out in the market. For now, check out how our A57 photos turned out below. Pestering you with my selfies in 3, 2, 1…

Super near and super bright selfie.

Used the timer just so I can move a bit farther.



Focuses really good.

You can change the color settings as well.


Can this pass as a studio portrait?

You can snap a selfie by opening your hand in front of the screen in order to get a well-composed shot. It also has bokeh effects, but we’ve already moved on from that (thanks to the previous brand we’ve tried).

You can turn photos to black and white if you’d like.

Not yet convinced? Check out OPPO A57’s full specs based on OPPO Philippines’ website:

Dimensions 149.1 x 72.9 x 7.65 mm
Weight 147g
Display Size 5.2 inches
Resolution HD (128 x 720 px)
Touchscreen Multi-touch, Capacitive Screen, Gorilla Glass 4, Support for Gloved and Wet Touch Input
Colors Black, Gold, Rose Gold
Operating System ColorOS 3.0, based on Android 6.0
GPU Adreno 505
Storage 32GB (Expandable up to 256GB)
Battery 2900 mAh (non-removable)
Processor Qualcomm MSM8940 Octa-core
Rear Camera 13-megapixel (Aperture at f/2.2)
Front Camera 16-megapixel (Aperture at f/2.0)
SIM Card Type Dual Nano-SIM
GPS Supported
Bluetooth 4.1
WiFi 2.4GHZ 802.11 b/g/n
Sensors Fingerprint sensor, distance sensor, light sensor, g-sensor, e-compass

Got questions? Get in touch with OPPO Philippines via Facebook or visit http://www.oppo.com/ph/smartphone-a57.

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