The Chinese manufacturer Oppo has always been known to focus on camera centric smartphones.
In lieu of this Oppo launched the Oppo A37 in China for the benefit of selfie lovers. With a medium budget price tag, the handset is expected to reach out to other parts of the world shortly. The hybrid dual SIM device allows you to use both your personal number and official number in the same smartphone. One of the SIM card slots is a micro SIM slot, whereas the other is a nano SIM slot that doubles up as a memory card slot. You can buy the smartphone in either plain gold color or with a pinkish tint that the manufacturer terms as rose gold. The following article presents some details worth knowing about the handset.
Dimensions, Weight, Body Material and Design
With a decent size, the A37 gadget is really compact and fits comfortably wherever you keep it, irrespective of your hand or pocket. The smartphone is sized at 143.1 x 71.0 x 7.68mm and weighs only 136g. This weight does not make the handset very heavy either. What is to be noted is the material used to construct the device. While most medium price gadgets make use of a plastic or a polycarbonate body to adhere to the cost limits, Oppo has stuck to a metal unibody. Without any doubt, this gives the Oppo A37 a premium classy look. The manufacturer appears to have taken cue from the iPhone 6 for its entry level design components.
Screen Display, Pixel Resolution and Pixel Density
The A37 sports a HD screen of size 5 inches. The IPS LCD screen has a pixel resolution of 720 x 1280 and has a pixel density of 294ppi. While there are smartphones with bigger screens such as 5.5 inches, the manufacturer has done fairly good justice with good pixel resolution and density for its 5-inch screen. Displays appear clear and sharp making them appealing to the eyes. Because of wide viewing angles, reading and watching movies can also be done quite comfortably.
Front and Rear Shooters
Both the cameras are really good performers in the Oppo A37. For the primary snapper, the smartphone has an 8MP camera that integrates a back-illuminated digital image sensor with an LED flash. The sensor uses phase detection to arrange the imaging elements in such a way that the light captured is the maximum possible for best performance in low lighting situations. Images have a resolution of 3264 x 2448 while videos have a corresponding value of 1920 x 1080. Videos are recorded at a rate of 30 fps.
As for the secondary 5MP shooter, the sensor incorporates the concept of Beautify 4.0 technology. This allows you to apply various skin tones, each of which can utilize seven intelligent beautification levels. This camera features a screen flash to light up your selfie when there is insufficient light. Adjusting the colors and hues of your images with the many features possible, you can bring out the best selfie. An interesting point is that you can trigger a self-timer by just waving your hand in front of the camera.
Hardware, Memory and Software
The hardware configuration of the A37 is almost as good as its competitors.The handset is loaded with 2GB RAM and a MediaTek MT6750 chipset. It is equipped with an octa core (functioning as two quad cores) central processor that ticks at 1.5GHz and a dual core 400MHz ARM Mali-T860 MP2 graphics processor. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage that can be increased up to a ceiling limit of 128GB with a memory card. However, if you plan to use a secondary SIM card, this will not be possible as both use the same slot.
The only flip side is that the gadget does not use Android’s latest Marshmallow. It operates on the previous Android 5.1.1 Lollipop integrated with the manufacturer’s own Color UI (ColorOS 3.0) for customization.
The Oppo A37 houses a non-removable Li-polymer battery of 2,630 mAh. On full charge, this battery is likely to provide only one full day of uninterrupted use.
The manufacturer has made almost all the standard connectivity options available in the A37. These include Wi-Fi, 2G/3G/4G LTE, OTG, microUSB, NFC and GPS/A-GPS.
The manufacturer is reported to have imported dummy Oppo A37 models to India towards the end of April 2016. While this calls for a possible launch of the device in the country, no speculated date is available so far.