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Do Oppo Phones Last Long? How Reliable Is the Chinese Giant?

Do oppo phones last long? This is a question many phone enthusiasts ask. Mobiles from the brand are affordable and eye-catching. It’s no surprise you’d want to pick one up. We’ll talk about how long you can expect the handsets to last, and whether they’ll be worth the cash or not. Read ahead.

How Long do Oppo Phones Last?

To answer this question, how much you spend on your phone comes into play. For mid-range to flagship Oppo devices, you can expect regular software updates for up to 2 years. More affordable ones get 1-2 upgrades, sadly.

With each update, your mobile’s performance is optimized. More importantly, security patches are dealt with. They are openings in your UI that let infiltrators breach your system. Android constantly keeps an eye out for them.

After the 2-year mark, the handset will begin to be sluggish. This is especially true as it would be running ColorOS.

Here’s the deal:

It’s a very customizable UI. But it has thick skins. If you compare it to a flagship stock Android Nokia or a minimalistic OxygenOS OnePlus, you’d realize that moving through their systems is snappier due to absence of heavy skins.

How long your Oppo phone would last depends on how big its battery is too. Whatever device you have, no matter from what brand, its battery would slowly degrade. That’s why you’re advised to purchase one with a good battery life.

Luckily for you, the manufacturer places large batteries into units. Check the Oppo A9 (2020), A5(2020), F15 and F17 Pro out. The first two have massive 5000 mAh batteries. The F15 and F17 Pro have decently sized ones as well – they’re 4025 mAh and 4015 mAh respectively.

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Are Oppo Phones Any Good?

We don’t think the company produces phones that are as good as its rivals. We compared Oppo devices in 3 different price spectrums to others, having come to this conclusion.

Budget – Oppo A1K vs Samsung Galaxy M01

The A1K is big. Its screen stretches 6.1 inches (154.94 mm) across. The M01 is not small, but it’s the smaller of the two. It rocks a 5.7-inch (144.78 mm) display.

They’re both made from plastic. However, the plastic on the M01 doesn’t feel as cheap.

The Oppo phone has an IPS LCD screen – colours aren’t very vibrant. A PLS IPS screen is on the Galaxy mobile. It performs similarly to IPS LCD when it comes to vibrancy. It has better viewing angles, though.

The two have the same screen resolutions. As the M01 is smaller, this means its display is sharper.

You’re getting expandable storage with the both of them. Out of the box, they both also come with 32 GB of space. That being said, the M01 comes with more RAM; you’re getting 3 GB while its counterpart only offers 2 gigs.

What does this mean?

Apps would open faster. Having multiple files open wouldn’t result in force-closing either.

The chipset on the Samsung phone is superior as well. The Snapdragon 439 beats the Helio P22 in its rival. This doesn’t mean that the processor is good, though. It’s still a budget-level chip – don’t get heavy handed with it.

Not only do they have the same resolutions and ROM, but they also share the same battery size. As the A1K’s screen is bigger, it takes up more juice, which is why it dies faster.

To charge the two, you’ll be plugging regular 10 W chargers into microUSB ports. Yes, they take hours to charge.

Mid-range – Oppo F11 vs Huawei P30 Lite

The F11 and P30 Lite are both big phones. The former stretches 6.53 inches (165.86 mm) across while its counterpart is 6.15 inches (156.21 mm).

We’re all for big phones. However, 6.53 inches might be too big to hold if you have small hands.

We believe the P30 Lite is built better. To begin with, it’s thinner. The following are its dimensions, 6.02 in x 2.86 in x 0.29 in (152.9 mm x 72.7 mm x 7.4 mm). Meanwhile, the F11 comes in at 6.38 in x 3.00 in x 0.33 in (162 mm x 76.1 mm x 8.3 mm).

They rock LTPS IPS LCD screens, so they’re equally vibrant. The Oppo F11 has a better screen resolution, but not by much, though – it is 1080 x 2340 pixels.

Remember that it’s much larger than the P30 Lite. The Huawei phone has a 1080 x 2312 pixel resolution, which isn’t that far off from the F11’s. Considering how it’s smaller, the mobile is equally as sharp.

The amount of RAM and ROM the Huawei unit comes with is impressive. You’ll be picking it up with either 64, 128 or 256 GB of space and 4 or 6 GB of RAM. Whichever storage variant you choose, you’ll be getting a microSD slot.

The UI the P30 Lite runs is EMUI. It’s pretty customizable and is thankfully not as thick as ColorOS. The two phones run Android 10.

We have to say, the chipset in the F11 is better but just by a bit. It is the Helio P70 while the Huawei device has the Kirin P70 is inside of it.

The Huawei phone has a smaller 3340 mAh battery. Thanks to the Kirin P70 chip, which performs better than the Helio in battery life, it’ll fully drain around the same time as the F11.

We love the P30 Lite’s camera. It houses a triple set-up, consisting of a 48 MP wide lens, an 8 MP ultrawide sensor and a 2 MP depth sensor. Its alternative houses a dual set-up, which is a 48 MP wide sensor along with a 5 MP depth sensor. The P30 Lite beats the F11 when it comes to low-light shots.

Premium – Oppo Find X2 Pro vs Apple iPhone 12

Both phones are large. But the X2 Pro is bigger – its screen stretches 6.7 inches (170.18 mm) across. The iPhone 12 is 6.1 inches (154.94 mm). We’re all for large devices, but the X2 Pro might be too big even if you have large hands.

The iPhone is pretty thin. It is 0.29 (7.4 mm) wide, with the Oppo device being 0.34 or 0.37 inches (8.8 or 9.5 mm).

We believe the iPhone is much more durable. It’s made from glass which is known to be the strongest around. As it’s an expensive mobile, this is what you want.

Being flagships, it’s no surprise that they house vibrant displays. The Apple handset has the superior front, though. It is Super Retina XDR OLED while the Find X2 Pro is AMOLED.

Expect the display on the two to blind you. With 500 max nits, colours would be very bright. The X2 Pro and iPhone 12 can go beyond 500 nits, reaching the 1200 mark. You’ll never have to worry about glare again.

The Oppo device has the better screen-to-body ratio – 90.9%. Its rival is not far behind, boasting an 86% ratio.

The 12 comes with Apple’s Wide Colour Gamut technology. Its display not only produces vibrant colours, but a myriad too. The cherry on top is the fact that you’re getting an oleophobic layer. Grease and oil will never stick to the unit.

Out of the box, the Find X2 Pro runs Android 10. Being an Apple product, its counterpart obviously runs IOS. The latest IOS 14 is inside. If privacy is important to you, you’ll go the IOS route. There are many security features that you don’t get with Android.

Apple does something Oppo does not – it supports its mobiles for generations. The iPhone 6S, which was released in 2016, received the IOS 14 upgrade.

The X2 Pro houses an incredibly powerful chip. It is the Snapdragon 865 which is known as one of the best processors around. That being said, the A14 Bionic in the iPhone 12 chews it up.

Without a doubt, the X2 Pro beats its rival when it comes to battery life. It has a 4260 mAh unit inside of it. Its counterpart has a measly 2815 mAh one. Apple products aren’t known for their enormous batteries, sadly.

Although iPhones aren’t known for their batteries, their cameras are great. The 12 is no exception. There’s a dual set-up on its rear, consisting of a 12 MP wide sensor and a secondary 12 MP ultrawide lens.

The set-up on the X2 Pro is a triple one. It consists of a 48 MP wide lens, a 13 MP telephoto lens and a tertiary 48 MP lens. You’d think the Oppo handset would take the better pictures, but the iPhone uses the lower MP lenses much better.

Is Oppo a Trusted Brand?

The company produces handsets that come with alright specs, especially the more expensive ones. However, equally priced units from others provide will provide more bang for your buck.

This doesn’t mean that Oppo isn’t popular, though. It’s a pretty trusted brand, as it has built a major name for itself.

When phone companies released their 2019 performance data, Oppo commanded the third largest share of the market in India.

In terms of 2020’s data, Oppo was the second largest name in South East Asia, commanding 20.3% of the market – it was only behind Samsung.

The brand has seen such a rise in popularity thanks to how affordable its devices are. They’re eye catching as well; they come in bright colours with effects. Although they are good-looking, we think these strong effects make the units gimmicky.

You might be wary of Oppo. It’s a Chinese brand after all. Oppo hasn’t infiltrated the US market either. It has no plans of doing so either, claiming it’s the “toughest in the world”. That being said, OnePlus, a Chinese giant, has done so to an extent.

Black android smartphone on brown wooden table

Final Thoughts

Oppo is a Chinese brand that is dominating the phone market. It produces mobiles that are affordable and eye-catching.

Do they last long? This depends on how much you are willing to spend. If you buy a mid-range or more expensive Oppo device, it would get upgrades for 2 years. Once this period has passed, it will slow down and security patches will be an issue.

Now, is the manufacturer any good? Not compared to its rivals. The A1K and Find X2 Pro were annihilated by the rivals we compared them with. The F11 held its own against the Huawei P30 Lite but only marginally.

The brand is trusted – or it wouldn’t have become so popular. However, the west is still suspicions of the brand. After all, it’s Chinese and the US has banned tech from the country.

If you’d like a better look at more Oppo devices, you can check our Facebook out. We regularly update it with reviews and lists for you.

Fabian Rozario
My love for tech started when I got the Motorola StarTac as my first phone. I’ve owned more than a dozen mobiles, tabs, and VR sets since then – my wife likes to joke that I hoard tech! My love especially for phones is what led me to become an app developer. When I’m not wracking my head with code, I spend my time on Converged Devices writing about all the devices you need to know.

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