Oppo A96 review: you shouldn’t buy it

Are you looking for a cheap smartphone to play or follow your streaming movies? Discover in this Oppo A96 test whether Oppo’s new mid-range smartphone meets your requirements. I tell you all about the performance, autonomy or even the camera of the Oppo A96.

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More

  • Large 6.59-inch 90Hz display
  • Correct finish
  • Good autonomy
  • Fast Charging

Less

  • LCD Display
  • Only one convenient rear photo sensor
  • No 5G
  • Software Support

The Oppo A96 in brief

If you’re looking for a great mid-range smartphone, we can only recommend the Oppo A96 under certain conditions. Compared to other models, this smartphone is indeed behind in terms of screen, camera quality, wireless charging and 5G support. The price of 299 euros is not aggressive enough to be competitive.

However, Oppo must be recognized for the good autonomy and the design of the successful back. The fingerprint sensor in the contact button is also very practical for this screen size. If you are looking for an alternative, I invite you to read our selection of the best smartphones under 400 euros or my recommendation at the end of the article!

Design and screen: Impressive and beautiful but with an LCD screen

With its 6.59-inch LCD screen, the Oppo A96 is particularly suitable for content consumption and gaming. The resolution is 2,412 × 1,080 pixels and the maximum refresh rate is 90 Hz. The smartphone housing is made of plastic and you will have to provide IP certification. On the other side there is a 3.5mm jack connection.


I loved

  • The big screen with thin bezels and a punch

  • Bright, smooth screen
  • The cool design on the back

I didn’t like

  • The stereo speaker sounds bad
  • The halo around the punch in the LCD screen
  • The plastic back

The main feature of the Oppo A96 is the large display, which is razor-sharp thanks to the FHD+ resolution. However, due to the LCD panel, the colors and contrasts are of lower quality than with many alternatives. The refresh rate of 90 Hz is good and can be reduced to 60 Hz if desired. For mobile games, the touch sample rate of 180 Hz is fine.

Oppo A96 screen.

The screen of the Oppo A96 is nice and big, but not very bright / © NextPit

While the punch is easily overlooked when watching videos, because of the LCD technology you see a shadow around it. During the test, I was also disappointed by the stereo speakers that are not suitable for listening to music at high volume. In addition, the plastic used seems quite cheap and takes away the impression of premium that the smartphone gives off at first glance.

OS: Android 11 with too much bloatware

The Oppo A96 runs from the factory Android 11. In addition to two Android updates and three years of security updates, the pre-installed ColourOS overlay is mainly distinguished by a lot of bloatware.


I loved

  • the ColorOS overlay is practical and beautiful

I didn’t like

  • The A96 still runs Android 11….
  • … and therefore gets Android 13 as the last update
  • Lots of bloatware

The Oppo A96 has way too much bloatware. For comparison, let’s take a look at the Samsung Galaxy A33. The Samsung smartphone costs almost 350 euros and will be updated until 2027 and will receive Android 16. Oppo guarantees only three years of security updates and only the update to Android 13, the release of which is planned for the fall.

The Fingerab pressure sensor of the Oppo A96.

The fingerprint sensor of the Oppo A96 is located in the power button / © NextPit

After installation, the following apps were pre-installed:

  • Amazon
  • facebook
  • Amazon shopping
  • Amazon Prime video
  • Amazon music
  • Booking.com
  • LinkedIn
  • PUGB Mobile Gift Box
  • TikTok
  • Joom
  • Tile master 3D

In summary, the Oppo A96 is clearly being sold with too much bloatware.

Performance

The Oppo A96 is powered by a Snapdragon 680, paired with 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of UFS2.2 storage. You can expand the internal storage with a microSD card, but you give up using two SIM cards.


I loved

  • Current mobile games run smoothly
  • Good amount of RAM for multitasking

  • microSD card slot

I didn’t like

  • Performance is not quite up to date
  • No 5G

The Oppo A96 offers exactly the performance you would expect. This means that you can play current mobile games with some limitations in terms of graphics quality. It is striking that Oppo has equipped its smartphone under 300 euros with 8 GB of RAM, which is especially useful for multitasking. To compare with other smartphones, we have collected some benchmark results:

Oppo A96
(snapdragon 680)
Oppo Reno 7 4G
(snapdragon 680)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10
(snapdragon 678)
Motorola Moto G30
(snapdragon 662)
3DMark Wildlife
3DMark Wild Life Stress Test
  • Best pass: 452
  • Worst move: 447
  • best pass: 449
  • Worse passage: 451
  • Best pass: 482
  • worst pass483
  • Best pass: 382
  • Worst move: 383
Geek Bench 5

For a small fee, models like the Realme 9 Pro+ offer double the performance. Even the comparably priced Realme 7 of 2020 offers better performance. All in all, Oppo’s smartphone is no longer completely up-to-date, despite its low price. The same goes for the absence of 5G.

Punch hole Oppo A96

Here’s the shadow surrounding the punch in the Oppo A96’s screen / © NextPit

Camera: a fake double photo module

There are two cameras on the back of the Oppo A96, which, however, only offer one focal length. The 50 MP main camera is complemented by a depth sensor that you cannot use. Instead, it provides information for portraits. The selfie camera has a resolution of 16 MP.


I loved

  • The image quality of the main sensor in daylight

I didn’t like

  • A single focal length on the back
  • Worse night photos
  • Videos up to 1080p

Oppo A96 camera.

The Oppo A96’s camera / © NextPit

By 2022, most mid-range smartphones will at least offer an ultra-wide-angle camera as an alternative to the main camera. With the A96, Oppo relies on a main camera supported by a depth sensor, which means that the framing cannot be changed on a daily basis. In fact, the camera turns out to be a single everyday camera that delivers solid results during the day with its 50 MP and f/1.8 aperture.

However, despite activating the night mode, the image quality deteriorates quickly when it is a bit dark. And video recordings of the Oppo A96 are also not very convincing due to the too low 1080p resolution. The 16 MP selfie camera is more suitable for video calling than for taking good photos.

All in all, the camera of the A96 is more of a fallback. A shame, because many alternatives in this price category offer good cameras with a lot of flexibility for making creative shots.

Autonomy: a large battery with efficient fast charging

The Oppo A96 is powered by a 5000 mAh battery, which gives it a very good autonomy. As with most mid-range smartphones, the autonomy is enough to last a day and a half or even two days if needed. The 33W fast charge is remarkable for this price range.


I loved

  • Good battery life despite the large FHD+ screen.

  • Efficient fast charging

I didn’t like

  • The lack of wireless charging

The battery of the Oppo A96 will easily keep you going for a day and a half before it runs out. The smartphone charges quickly thanks to the 33W fast charging, but we were unable to find out the exact charging times during the test. Oppo sent us the smartphone without a charger, but if you decide to buy the A96, you will receive a 33W charger.

The Unterseite of the Oppo A96.

In addition to a USB-C port, the A96 has a 3.5 millimeter jack / © NextPit

The Oppo A96 doesn’t offer wireless charging, but that’s not uncommon in this price range. Although the smartphone is inferior to its competitors in many respects, the autonomy is satisfactory.

Conclusion

So should you buy the Oppo A96 and ignore the alternatives under 300 euros? Unfortunately not, because the smartphone offers too low performance, a really substandard camera and a rather dark LCD screen. However, it is mainly the software support that bothers the Oppo A96.

Die Rückseite of the Oppo Reno 7

The Reno 7, which is a good alternative from the same manufacturer, is only 30 euros more expensive. / © NextPit

If you like the design of the Oppo A96 and appreciate the ColourOS overlay, then buying the Oppo Reno7 is recommended. With a suggested retail price of 329 euros, this smartphone is only slightly more expensive and improves a lot. You get an AMOLED screen, comparable performance and at least one interesting microscopic camera for new reasons. In our full Oppo Reno 7 review you will learn more about this alternative to the A96.

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