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Sunday, December 10, 2023

OPPO A98 5G: Reliable, sound smartphone with no downsides

YEARNING for a reliable, feature-packed smartphone that you will be proud to brandish and won’t drain your savings?

Worry no more. OPPO has your back with its OPPO A98 5G.

Over the years, OPPO has made huge strides with its smartphones, whatever a consumers’ inclinations may be.

It has the A series, which is for the value-seeking buyers, who want their devices to be reliable, while delivering a little bit of everything. OPPO’s other series, the Find, is for customers, who don’t mind shelling out a couple of hundred bucks more for the added top-notch features.

OPPO’s latest A series, the A98 5G, doesn’t disappoint with comprehensive upgrades in design, performance, imaging, and more.

The OPPO A98 5G in Dreamy Blue and Cool Black

 Beautiful design

The A98 5G is expected to turn heads with its fresh new 3D Micro-Curved Design and two fantastic color finishes­ Dreamy Blue and Cool Black ­both built on the exclusive OPPO Glow.

Unlike other phones that are sharp, curvy and slippery, there is a nice feel to the A98 5G, which also boasts of a Panda 2 front glass (like GG3) and a tough PMMA back.


The A98 5G’s High-Res Imaging System is composed of a 64MP AI Camera, a 32MP Selfie

Camera, a 2MP Depth Camera, and a 40x Microlens, offering a series of advanced imaging features that help capture clear and creative photos and videos.

Let’s face it. An OPPO phone is always an awesome selfie phone. Selfies taken using the 32MP (bins to 8MP)  produce shots with natural skin tones, details, and a range of filters to enhance any image, while videos at 1080p@30fps with some Qualcomm EIS (Electronic Image Stabilisation crops the image to the horizon) net reasonably stable images.

The standard Dark <40 lumens takes great shots with good color and some detail, while night mode improves the detail and saturates the color even further, without adding much noise.

Had fun using the micro lens, too. Just hold the camera between one and three millimeters away from objects that you want captured.

 Flagship-level battery/charging

Getting through the day is a breeze with the OPPO A98 5G, without you worrying whether your smartphone will die on you, what with the huge 5,000mAh battery and 67W SUPERVOOC charging. Our unit got juiced up from zero to a hundred in just 46 minutes! Furthermore, OPPO’s exclusive Battery Health Engine helps extend the lifespan of the battery to keep it working closer to maximum capacity for longer, whatever the tasks maybe.


With its Qualcomm SD695 5G System on a Chip (SoC), the OPPO A98 provides plenty of power for typical smartphone use. Light and moderate gamers will be pleased with its performance as it plays PUBG and browser-based games at 40-60fps on medium settings with relative ease.

OPPO’s RAM expansion technology borrows up to 8GB of SSD for virtual memory, thereby helping smooth out multi-user Apps.

It also looks really good on a big display, nice bright colors, with that 120 hertz refresh rate. It was actually doing more than you would normally get at that price point.

Operating system

Software is Android 13 and ColorOS 13.1. Hopefully we get some good consistent updates there. It has all the Google Apps and OPPO substitutes (as OPPO cannot use Google Apps or services in China). OPPO has also drastically reduced bloatware, removing pre-installed Facebook, TikTok, etc.

If OPPO stays true to its policy of 2+2+3 with two years warranty, two OS upgrades and three years of quarterly security patches, then this is extremely good for a P19,000 phone.

Sample OPPO A98 5G photos


The OPPO A98 is a good, reliable phone with no glaring handicaps. It does a little bit of everything well, won’t break the bank and can give users a peace of mind knowing they have a phone that can deliver their needs, when they need them.

 Grab one now!

The OPPO A98 5G is now available for purchase in its retail price of P18,999 at any OPPO stores nationwide. You may also get your OPPO A98 5G through the official OPPO online platforms: Shopee, Lazada, and TikTok Shop. You can also avail the OPPO A98 5G at 6 or 12 months 0% interest installment for all credit cards or via Home Credit for as low as P762 with 0% interest up to 18 months.

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