Oppo A53s and Oppo A53

Over the past few years, Oppo has cemented its dominance on the budget phone market by releasing excellent devices that deliver unmatched value. This year, the company has released a couple of budget phones, and the latest ones are Oppo A53 and Oppo A53s. The A53 came out first in August 2020, and the A53s followed two months later in October.

Oppo A53

Which Is The Better Phone?

Deciding which of the two phones is the better one is quite a challenging task. This is because both phones are exact replicas of each other in almost every aspect, except for the ROM. They even retail at the same starting price; $299. Therefore, one can say that there is no battle at all between these two devices, and it will all boil down to whether you need extra storage on your smartphone.

The Oppo A53s is available from Telstra as one of their Telstra prepaid devices (and is locked to the Telstra network if you purchase the Telstra version), Woolworths mobile and JB Hi-Fi.

The A53 is available from JB Hi-Fi, mobileciti and Woolworths Mobile.

There are Oppo A53s cases and Oppo A53 cases available so charger, cases and accessory wise you could choose either phone.

Design

Starting from the design, both phones have the same design. You can’t possibly tell them apart at first sight. They completely mirror each other with the same weights and dimensions, a similar triple camera module and fingerprint sensor at the rear, and a hole punch cutout on the display’s top left corner. The design is a good one, and the overall size of the phones makes them compact to hold. The A53 comes in either mint green or electric black, while the A53s in either fancy blue or electric black.

Display

Speaking of displays, both phones have the same 6.5-inch display with a resolution of 720 x 1600p. The bezels are slim except at the bottom, but the overall viewing experience is unobstructed.  Even better, both phones have a flagship screen refresh rate of 90Hz. Therefore, your gaming, streaming, and scrolling experience is going to be top-notch. The display on both phones is protected by corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Storage space

Going on to the memory, both phones have the same 4GB RAM but differ in ROM. The A53 has 64GB worth of internal storage while the A53s has 128GB. Therefore, the ROM may influence you to choose one over the other, but both capacities are good enough. The internal storage in both phones is expandable up to 256GB. Performance-wise, the phones are powered by the Snapdragon 460, which is pretty decent for a budget phone.

Camera power

OPPO A53 Camera power

In the camera department, both phones are still the same. The selfie camera is an 8MP lens, and there are three cameras on the rear; 13MP primary, 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. The photo output is as expected in that price range. Some supported features include LED flash, panorama, HDR, and 1080p video recording at 30fps.

As if the phones couldn’t get any similar, they have the same 5000 mAh battery and support fast charging at 18W. Therefore, the battery life is quite good for both phones, and you can expect a whole day on moderate use.

Verdict

Both phones are quite good for $299. With impressive displays, flagship refresh rates, and storage capacities, owning one of these phones is a bargain. Nonetheless, the A53s slightly edges the A53 thanks to the massive 123 GB internal storage and will deliver more value. That takes away nothing from the A53, which is still quite a good phone for that price. If you happen to own a different Oppo smartphone you can view our cases for Oppo phones here.

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