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Oppo A16 packs 5,000mAh battery and IPX4 water resistance at an affordable price

By Liu Hongzuo - on 9 Aug 2021, 11:04am

Oppo A16 packs 5,000mAh battery and IPX4 water resistance at an affordable price

Note: This article was first published on 30 July 2021.

Oppo A16.

If you’re looking for an Android 11, 4G-capable phone that covers basic needs, Oppo has the newly launched Oppo A16 just for you.

The latest Oppo A series handset comes just seven months after its previous release, but don’t be fooled into thinking they’re the same. For one, Oppo A16 has a bigger battery at 5,000mAh despite having a similar-sized 6.52-inch, 1,600 x 720 pixels resolution LCD panel with a 60Hz refresh rate.

Its triple rear camera setup consists of a 13MP main camera (f/2.2 aperture), 2MP Depth camera (f/2.4), and 2MP Macro camera (f/2.4) - a configuration identical (if not similar) to its predecessor. In addition, the phone offers 15 artistic filters, on top of other lifestyle-centric tools like Dazzle Colour Mode, to level up your Instagram or TikTok game.

Contrary to phones of its price range, the Oppo A16 provides IPX4-certified water resistance, making it a viable alternative to its unprotected entry-level competitors. Other core functionalities include a side fingerprint sensor, 3.5mm audio jack, dual SIM support (with Dual Standby for seamless SIM switching), and its storage capacity can be expanded by up to 256GB with a MicroSD card.

Inside is a MediaTek Helio G35, a 2020 entry-level gaming-focused processor from MediaTek's broad line of Helio-branded chipsets. The performance tweaks Oppo implemented for the A16 include System Booster, which “reduces the possibility of a lag” by 18% compared to previous generation Oppo A series phones. In the background is System Performance Optimiser, along with UI First 3.0 and AI Startup Optimiser to make boot-up and app animation startup more efficient. To efficiently allocate power and processing capacity, inactive apps are treated to Background Freezing and Dex2oat 3.0.

Other battery-conserving features include Super Nighttime Standby, where the Oppo A16 has an eight-hour (11 PM to 7 AM)  night-time standby mode that consumes only 1.21% of its power as it idles away in your sleep. 

The Oppo A16 is officially available today (30 July 2021) in Pearl Blue and Space Silver. It comes in one configuration - 4GB RAM and 64GB storage - at an official retail price of S$249. You can find it at all Oppo Concept Stores, Oppo’s official e-commerce platforms (Shopee and Lazada), and all authorised retailers islandwide.

According to Oppo, customers who buy an Oppo A16 are entitled to a free 64GB SD Card, while stocks last. 

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