The Oppo A12e is an entry-level phone with nothing extraordinary to exhibit. The phone houses average performing components that do not try to tussle with mid-range tier devices. The phone’s body is built out of plastic material that will provide zero protection in case of an abrupt fall.

The phone does not possess any idiosyncrasies and is just another hit-and-miss in the already abundant entry-level segment. The phone seems to have incorporated the design of the earlier released A3 with just a camera increment and minor refinements. The color scheme of the phone’s body is very bold unappealing.

The phone lacks a fingerprint sensor and relies on face unlock along with the traditional security methods.  The AI face-unlock comes with its own challenges as well and performs poorly in low light conditions.

The screen has adopted the HD+ resolution due to the increased length of the phones. The IPS LCD display at 720*1520 pixels is not super-detailed and gets cropped in most apps due to the old Android 8.1 OS with limited support. The makers have not hinted at any future OS upgrades while many cheaper devices come with Android 9 and above in the present market.

Pros / GOOD

  • It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 as primary chipset driver
  • A powerful battery with 4230mAh capacity
  • Easily maneuverable at the body-weight of 168 grams
  • The IPS display is a nice addition at this price point
  • The headphone jack is present
  • A full-fledged sim tray which supports memory card expandability

Cons / BAD

  • Operating System is outdated
  • RAM capacity is very low 3gb
  • Pixel density is low despite an IPS display
  • No dual 4G sim support
  • Fast charging support but only a 10-watt charger included
  • Color OS 5.1 does not offer any visible optimization
  • Image capturing is mediocre at best

Oppo A12E Specification

Oppo A12E Specification

SUMMARY
Performance Snapdragon 450
Storage 64 GB
Camera 13 MP + 2 MP
Battery 4230 mAh
Display 6.2″ (15.75 cm)
Ram 3 GB
Launch Date In India June 26, 2020 (Expected)
KEY SPECS
Front Camera 8 MP
Battery 4230 mAh
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Display 6.2 inches
Ram 3 GB
Rear Camera 13 MP + 2 MP
SPECIAL FEATURES
Other Sensors Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
Fingerprint Sensor No
GENERAL
Quick Charging No
Operating System Android v8.1 (Oreo)
Sim Slots Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
Model A12e
Launch Date June 26, 2020 (Expected)
Custom Ui ColorOS
Brand OPPO
Sim Size SIM1: Nano SIM2: Nano
Network 4G: Available (supports Indian bands) 3G: Available, 2G: Available
Fingerprint Sensor No
MULTIMEDIA
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Loudspeaker Yes
PERFORMANCE
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
Graphics Adreno 506
Processor Octa core, 1.8 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture 64 bit
Ram 3 GB
DESIGN
Width 75.6 mm
Weight 168 grams
Thickness 8.2 mm
Height 156.2 mm
Colours Purple, Red
DISPLAY
Display Type IPS LCD
Aspect Ratio 19:9
Bezelless Display Yes with notch
Pixel Density 271 ppi
Screen To Body Ratio Calculated 80.85 %
Screen Size 6.2 inches (15.75 cm)
Screen Resolution 720 x 1520 pixels
Touch Screen Yes Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch
STORAGE
Internal Memory 64 GB
Expandable Memory Yes Up to 256 GB
CAMERA
Camera Setup Single
Settings Exposure compensation, ISO control
Camera Features Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Image Resolution 4128 x 3096 Pixels
Autofocus Yes
Shooting Modes Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Resolution 8 MP f/2.2 Primary Camera
Physical Aperture F2.2
Flash Yes LED Flash
BATTERY
User Replaceable No
Type Li-ion
Capacity 4230 mAh
NETWORK CONNECTIVITY
Wifi Yes Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n
Wifi Features Mobile Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes v4.2
Volte Yes
Usb Connectivity Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0
Network Support 4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
Gps Yes with A-GPS
Sim 1 4G Bands:TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available
Sim Size SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano
Sim 2 4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40) FD-LTE 1800(band 3)3G Bands: UMTS 1900 / 2100 / 850 / 900 MHz 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz GPRS:Available EDGE:Available

 

Conclusion – Should you Buy or Not?

The Oppo A12e is not designed to astound you, it is just a monotonous iteration that will not be well received by most of the users. The phone’s screen fails to produce vivid colors and appears blurry in videos with in-depth blacks. The discarding of the fingerprint sensor has not yielded in newer, robust features. The phone is incapable of playing GPU intensive games at even medium settings. The ram optimization is a questionable issue with only close to 1GB freely available memory with just 2-3 applications in the background. A 4GB offering would have propelled its performance to the next level.

The camera is lack-luster with a poor AI-support that produces dark, distorted colors with too much noise and inferior OIS in video recordings. However, there is still an abundant number of the less-affluent section of the population striving to buy their first smartphone and the phone can be an option for those on a tiny budget.