Just when you thought that mass-market smartphones could not get any better, established OPPO comes along with its new 48MP, quad camera, Dolby Atmos, 5000mAh battery OPPO A Series 2020.

The OPPO A Series 2020 initially comprises the $299 A5 2020 (exclusive to Telstra) and the $399 A9 from retail channels including Bing Lee, JB-Hi-Fi, Officeworks and Woolworths.

The OPPO A Series 2020 are not yet on its Australian website so here is an overview

Specifications OPPO A Series 2020

OPPO A Series 2020 camera
Quad camera – the 2MP mono sensor adds light and definition
OPPO A5 2020 CPH1943_AU $299 (Telstra) A9 2020 CHP1941_AU $399
Screen 6.5”, 1600 x 720, 480 nit (typical), TFT LCD
89% STBR; 20:9, Gorilla Glass 3
  same
SoC Qualcomm SD655   same
RAM 4GB and 64GB LPDDR4X
plus dedicated micro-SD to 256GB
8/128GB
same
Rear
Camera
12MP, f/1.8, 1.25um PDAF
8MP, f/2.25, 1.12um ultrawide 119°
2MP, f/2.4, 1.75um mono
2MP f/2.4, 1.75um depth sensor
[email protected]
Extensive OPPO AI features
Gyro-EIS, HDR, Night Mode, Bokeh
48MP, f/1.8, .8um
(bins to 12MP, 1.6um)
Same
Selfie 8MP, f/2.0, 1.12um
AI beautification
[email protected]
16MP, f/2.0, 1.0um
same
LTE Dedicated Dual Sim
1/3/5/7/8/20/28/38/40/41
Same
Comms Wi-Fi AC
BT 5.0
NFC
GPS and eCompass
Rear fingerprint
Same
Sound 3.5mm jack Stereo with Dolby Atmos
24-bit/192kHz audio
Same
Battery 5000mAh
USB-C charger 3 hour charge
Reverse cable charge (OTG)
Same
Size 163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm x 195g
Space Purple, Marine Green
Same
Marine Green only
Missing

IP Rating Same
Website Intermational (not Telstra) International
OPPO A Series 2020 reverse cable charge
Reverse cable charging is ‘new’ and makes sense to use it as a power bank.

GadgetGuy’s take – OPPO A Series 2020 adds to a very crowded market

You buy OPPO because it is one of the best to come from China and it has a five-year presence and support structure here. Its OPPO Reno Z (and now the quad-camera Reno2 Z) are Australia’s top-selling mass-market smartphones.

Pro: Wi-Fi AC, Reverse charge, dedicated dual sims and microSD, good SoC, great camera
Con: None really

These join the new wave of sub-$299/399 value that is shaping up to be a huge fight between siblings OPPO, vivo and realme.

  • vivo Y12 ($249), Y17 ($369)
  • Realme (online) C2 ($199), 5 ($299), 5Pro ($399)
  • Motorola e6 Plus ($199), One Macro ($199)
  • Nokia 2.2 ($199), 4.2 ($249), 6.2 ($399)
  • Samsung A20 ($279) and A30 ($379)
  • Mintt Duo 3 ($179), A3 ($199), S2 ($235), X3 ($265) and Y3 ($399)
  • Alcatel 1S ($199) and 3 ($279)

And if you have up to $499 to spend, see our pick of the crop here.