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Oppo A16 (2021)

Android OS v11.0
Mediatek Helio G35 MT6765V
PowerVR GE8320
3 GB / 32 GB
6.52 inch (720 x 1600 px)
13 + 2 + 2 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus

This phone boasts a 6.52 inch IPS display, a Mediatek Helio G35 MT6765V chipset, and 3 GB of RAM.

Is the cost justified by its features? I'll strive to answer that by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Oppo A16 smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device.

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Oppo A16 specifications

BrandOppo
NameA16
ModelCPH2269
Release date2021

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight6.7 oz
Dimensions6.45 x 2.98 x 0.33 inch
Colorsblack, blue, silver
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of the Oppo A16 is still considered to be lightweight and portable. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a subscriber identity module (SIM), which is a chip card.

System, chipset, performance

OS versionAndroid OS v11.0
SoCMediatek Helio G35 MT6765V
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 2.3 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUPowerVR GE8320

The Oppo A16 comes with Android OS v11.0 out of the box. Android is an open-source operating system. This means users and developers have more control over the software. This CPU makes it ideal for running resource-intensive applications. Many consider PowerVR GPUs to highly compete with other leading mobile GPUs.

Display type, size, resolution

Display typeIPS
Screen size6.52 inch
Resolution720 x 1600 px
Multitouch supportyes

People know IPS for its wide viewing angles. It also has accurate color reproduction. The 6.52 inch display should be big enough for our needs. It will make viewing comfortable. This is true whether we're reading, browsing, or watching. The display size is the diagonal distance from one corner of the screen to the opposite corner.

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Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. More RAM lets us keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The A16 has 32 GB. We can expand the internal storage of the A16 (32 GB) by using a compatible microSD card.

Cameras, flash

Main camera13 + 2 + 2 MP, 4160 x 3120 px, autofocus
FlashLED
Selfie camera8 MP

Using multiple cameras has advantages. They provide more versatility and creative possibilities. They let us capture a wider range of subjects. The main camera of A16 smartphone does not have OIS. The optical image stabilization (OIS) is an important feature in smartphones.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv5.0, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, GALILEO
NFCno
FM radioyes
USBUSB Type-C
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 4G provides faster data transfer speeds compared to previous generations. This Oppo phone can connect to Wi-Fi networks at home, at work, or in public places. We can use Bluetooth to connect our A16 smartphone to many Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS receiver. The phone isn't NFC (Near Field Communication) capable. NFC is not essential for basic phone functionality, but it can be useful. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows us to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable

The Li-Ion 5000 mAh, non-removable battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. The A16 does not have a removable battery, it integrates the battery into the phone's design.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, compass, fingerprint, light, proximity
SpecialsColorOS, Dual SIM, Fast charging

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. The fingerprint reader is a biometric security feature found in A16 smartphones. The light sensor is a type of sensor in a smartphone. It lets the phone measure light intensity around the device. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use. With fast charging, we can get a significant amount of battery life in a few minutes of charging.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Oppo phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • appropriate screen size
  • microSD slot
  • multicamera setup
  • good battery
  • Dual SIM support

Cons

  • no OIS function
  • no 5G support
  • no NFC feature
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Updated: July 19, 2024

Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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