Device maker Oppo is set to unveil its latest smartphone, the Oppo A93, in Kenya by the end of the month.
According to Oppo Kenya, the Oppo A93, which was announced globally just at the start of October, will be launched in Kenya on October 26.
It brings with it several upgrades that make it a worthy successor to the A92 which, in our review, we found to be easily the best Kshs 30,000 smartphone in the market at the time, a status that has been challenged months later by the entry of Oppo’s former sub-brand realme into the local market.
realme offers a device that has gone head-to-head with the Oppo A92, the realme 6, impressing with its fluid high-refresh-rate display panel which, still, falls short of the A92’s bright 6.5-inch LCD.
Oppo is keeping the brightness of the display on the A92 intact on the A93 with the latter allowing as much as 800 nits of brightness. It, however, balks at the refresh-rate race keeping the Oppo A93’s refresh-rate at the standard 60Hz.
A major upgrade associated with the display is that the fingerprint sensor, accessible on the side of the device on the power button, now goes in-display like we have seen on Oppo’s Reno smartphone lineup. Also, in place of the solo front-facing camera is an added lens that brings the “mini-dual punch holes” pill-shaped design into focus, completing the 20:9 front profile.
Like other notable features of the device, the display has also shed a few millimetres.
Overall, the device is smaller, lighter (by about 30 grams) and slimmer (by nearly a millimetre and a half).
Is it faster, though? Included under-the-hood is a MediaTek Helio P95 processor which has additions like MediaTek’s HyperEngine for enhanced gaming and an anti-lag algorithm to ensure smooth user experience.
The Oppo A93 comes with 6 “AI portrait cameras” for “studio-like photography” headlined by a 48-megapixel Samsung GM1ST sensor that, as we can expect, have all manner of AI-enhanced features from portraits and bokeh to super night features and the usual beautification add-ons.
The Oppo A93 arrives running Android 10 as ColorOS 7.2. No Android 11 even though that should be on the way.
It also features 18W fast-charging with a 5-minute top-up able to allow to talk on the phone for up to 2 hours or catch up on their YouTube binge for an extra hour, according to Oppo. An AI Night Charging feature learns one’s sleep patterns and optimizes the charging of the device so that it is full by the time one wakes up for those that usually plug in their devices for the night.