Tuesday, 16 April 2019 11:42

OPPO releases new entry-level smartphone for $299

OPPO releases new entry-level smartphone for $299 Supplied

Chinese smartphone vendor OPPO has released the AX5s which it claims is the best entry-level smartphone on the market, with 13MP + 2 MP dual rear cameras and retailing for $299.

A statement from the company said the AX5s had an 8MP front-facing selfie camera as well as a waterdrop screen, and a near-fullscreen 6.2-inch LCD display, meaning a 89.35% screen-to-body ratio.

“All eyes are on 5G smartphones and we’re proud to be leading that charge,” said OPPO Australia managing director Michael Tran. “While we’re gearing up for a new era of smartphones, we understand flagship devices can often be an expensive purchase and at times a luxury not everyone can afford.

“At the same time, we understand choosing to purchase a sub-$300 smartphone usually means missing out on innovative features consumers actually want. That’s not the case with the AX5s, as we’ve taken many of the innovations found in OPPO’s flagship devices and packed them into our small but powerful new addition.”

The new device has a 4230mAh large-capacity battery and is claimed to be capable of up to 13.5 hours of video playback, thanks to an AI algorithm optimisation and a low power-consumption MTK6765 processor. It has a 2.3GHz CPU and 3GB of RAM.

The AX5s runs on ColorOS 5.2.1 which has a number of new features such as Smart Bar, Smart Scan and video editing

Smart Scan offers features such as the ability to transform paper business cards into electronic versions to streamline professional networking, and document and image translation for overseas travel. Smart Scan also converts images into editable text, allowing users to seamlessly work between formats.

Smart Bar is a productivity tool allowing users to quickly switch between apps, conveniently reply to text messages and transfer files while playing games or watching videos.

Available in red and black, the AX5s will be available from JB Hi-Fi, Telechoice, Yes Distribution and Mobileciti from Tuesday. Optus will sell the device from 29 April.



  • Screen size 6.2"
  • Touch screen TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen
  • Touch panel technology in-cell
  • Screen resolution HD+ @ 720 x 1520
  • Screen ratio 89.35%
  • Touch panel glass type Gorilla Glass Version 3


  • 4G Support Yes
  • SIM card type and size Nano SIM+ Nano SIM+Micro SD are independently placed
  • Network type GSM,WCDMA,TD-LTE,LTE FDD
  • WLAN Display YES
  • Bluetooth version v5.0 + EDR2.1


  • Physical Keyboard No
  • Body colour Black
  • Size About 155.9*75.4*8.2mm
  • Weight About 170g (with battery)


  • Android version Android 8.1
  • OS version name ColorOS V5.2.1 based on Android 8.1
  • Face recognition YES
  • Clone Apps YES


  • CPU core 8
  • GHz per core 2.3GHz*4+1.8GHz*4


  • RAM 3GB
  • ROM 64GB
  • External memory 256GB


  • VOOC flash charge NO
  • Wireless charge NO
  • Size (mAh) 4100/4230mAh(Min/Typ) Lithium Battery
  • Talk time (max hours 3G) Max WCDMA: 28 hours


  • Headset jack 3.5mm
  • USB jack Micro USB 2.0
  • Built-in battery YES
  • GPS Yes
  • Map Apps YES
  • Flashlight YES
  • Magnetic induction YES
  • Light sensor YES
  • Proximity Sensor YES
  • G-sensor YES
  • Acceleration sensor YES
  • Other sensors YES
  • Pedometer YES
  • Connection and sharing YES
  • Design of card slot Dual nano-SIM + microSD card

Rear Camera

  • MP 13.0M AF + 2M FF
  • ƒ-stop 13M F2.2+ 2M F2.4
  • OIS Digital
  • Flash Yes
  • Video (max resolution @ fps) 720P,1080P @30fps

Front camera

  • MP 8M FF
  • ƒ-stop F2.0
  • OIS N/A
  • Flash N/A
  • Video (max resolution + fps) 720P,1080P @30fps

In-box materials

  • Handset 1
  • Adapter 1
  • Headset NO
  • Micro USB Cable 1
  • Important Info. Booklet with Warranty Card 1
  • SIM Card Tool 1
  • Screen Protect Film 1 (Attached on the screen)
  • Case 1


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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.



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