Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo is prepping to introduce a new smartphone to the market fairly soon, if reports out of China are to be believed. The device in question is the Oppo A51, which had received its seal of approval from Chinese regulator TENAA early last month. While nothing has officially been confirmed as yet, the smartphone is rumored to be priced at 1,699 Yuan, which is a shade under $274. Although no official release date has been announced as yet, speculations point towards an end-of-June release date. Either way, it shouldn’t be too long before Oppo makes the device official.
As for the hardware specifications of the device, the smartphone features a 5-inch display with a 1280 x 720 screen resolution, giving it a 294 dpi pixel density. The smartphone is said to be powered by a Snapdragon 410 SoC, which comes with an integrated 64-bit quad-core CPU and an Adreno 306 GPU. The handset will also come with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage. Android 5.0 Lollipop will run the device out of the box, with Oppo’s proprietary ColorOS 2.1 on top. The primary camera on the back of the device comes with an 8 megapixel sensor, and is capable of recording full HD 1080p videos at 30fps. The front-facing secondary camera meanwhile, comes with a 4 megapixel sensor. The phone features glass on both its front and back, and the battery is rated at 2,420 mAh. As for connectivity options, the phone supports 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+ and 2G GSM, along with WiFi, Bluetooth and micro USB. The phone also comes with Dual SIM, dual standby capability.
As for the smartphone, the hardware specs look a little thin for a 274 Dollar device in mid-2015 especially in an ultra-competitive market like that of China’s. It remains to be seen whether the rumored price-tag holds up by the time the device is made official, of if Oppo has something special up its sleeve that we’re unware of at this point in time. Most devices with similar hardware routinely sell for under $100 in China even from recognized multi-national manufacturers like Lenovo, so Oppo will do well to get its pricing sorted out before launching what looks to be an entry-level device.