Thursday, 07 September 2017 23:05

Oppo finally comes to Telstra with A57 model


It has been a long time coming, but Chinese smartphone brand Oppo has finally got an opportunity with Telstra and, at $269, has the chance to sell well.

In a world of $1000 to $1499 to soon enough $2000+ smartphones, there are plenty of people who want their Android to look like an iPhone clone, quite literally, without having to pay iPhone prices.

Of course, such a compromise means no iMessages, no FaceTime, no App Store and no iOS ecosystem, but with Android doing its best job yet of cloning iOS, and shameless Chinese manufacturers gobsmackingly fearless in copying Apple’s UI almost down to the last pixel, at least in some circumstances, these are compromises people are prepared to make.

Especially, once again, when you are talking about prices that are $1000 or more cheaper than Apple’s equivalent, even though we are truly comparing Apple’s Apples with Chinese Gooseberries.

So, that brings us to the Oppo A57 smartphone, which is a “new carrier-exclusive to Telstra customers” which offers “exceptional photography capabilities with a 16MP flagship-level front-facing selfie camera and Beautify 4.0 feature that captures bright, detailed shots even in low light".

Presumably thus aimed at the youth, for whom selfies almost seem to be a currency of some kind on Snap-type platforms, the A57 has some selfie tricks up its sleeve that proves the Oppo is selflessly thinking of its human users.

That feature is the A57 upgrading of Oppo’s “signature palm shutter function” that allows the user to take selfies by opening their hand in front of the screen, leaving you free to get “a stable and well-composed shot".

Indeed, should you stand in front of the building where horses are kept, and you take a selfie in front of it, you will have a stable stable selfie of epic proportions that will potentially blow the mind of any young person for whom a stable stable selfie is something worth getting wobbly about.

Thus, Telstra expects the Oppo A57 “to be popular with pre-paid customers”, and oh-so convienently it has arrived "alongside Telstra’s new Pre-Paid Extra offer launch”, which iTWire covered earlier this week.

Telstra’s Pre-Paid Extra offer “includes an Australian-first 'Data Bank' feature, giving customers recharging $30 or more before expiry the ability to bank up to 50GB of unused data when they recharge before expiry.”

The company advises that, unlike its previous data “rollover” model, there is “no expiry on the Data Bank as long as customers stay on an active $30+ recharge with Telstra Pre-Paid Extra".

Key Oppo A57 features:

  • 4GX compatible
  • 5.2” HD touch screen display
  • 16MP Beautifying Selfie Camera with palm shutter function & BOKEH effect
  • 13MP auto focus rear camera
  • 32GB on board memory
  • 3GB RAM & Octa-Core 64-bit processor
  • Long lasting 2900 mAh Battery
  • Nano Sim

The A57 is available now at Telstra stores and online for $269, or activated with a Pre-Paid SIM Starter Kit.

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