OPPO A60 review – An affordable and durable phone for everyday use

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By now, OPPO is no stranger to most Malaysians. It offers advanced phones with the OPPO Find series and more affordable ones from the OPPO A series. Of the latter, the OPPO A60 is the most recent model, which we managed to review recently.

Priced at RM699, the OPPO A60 is mainly targeted at those on a budget or who want something simple. But is it the best option in this price range when other brands offer similarly priced devices? Read on to find out.

 

Design – Very charming

Like previous OPPO A phones, the OPPO A60 is one good-looking phone considering its asking price. The unit loaned to us was the Ripple Blue variant, which has a water ripple pattern that looks very neat. Honestly, the phone's design would make some think it costs over RM1000. But in fact, it's a budget-class smartphone without an outdated Android OS.

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Neat Ripple Blue colour

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Flat sides

The OPPO A60 is also available in Midnight Purple if you prefer a more low-profile colour. However, this variant doesn't have the water ripple pattern on the back. Unfortunately, it has the typical "cheap phone" look. If that's not to your liking, we recommend sticking to the Ripple Blue colour.

The thin camera bump is another plus point for the OPPO A60. Since it's not too thick, the phone won't wobble much when you lay it flat on a table. It also won't constantly scrape against your jeans when you pull it out of your pocket. Speaking of the camera bump, it houses two large circles for the rear cameras. The top one features the main camera, while the bottom one sports the depth sensor and LED flash. Nothing fancy, but just about what you'd expect from phones in this price range.

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Thin camera bump

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Right: The fingerprint scanner and volume button

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Bottom: Speaker, USB-C port, 3.5mm audio jack

The other sides of the phone are pretty standard. First, there's the power button with an integrated fingerprint reader on the right side. It's also where the volume up and volume down buttons are. On the left side, you'll find the dual SIM card slot and microSD memory card slot. Finally, the bottom has a 3.5mm audio jack, USB-C port and speaker. Overall, a clean and simple design.

One thing you need to know about the design of the OPPO A60 is that it has a MIL-STD 810H military standard rating, meaning it can withstand high impact. You typically see this certification on more expensive phones, so it's a welcome surprise to see the OPPO A60 with it. That alone makes it a rather attractive option compared to other competing phones.

In fact, we did some durability tests on it, like dropping the phone on the floor from chest level and breaking an ice cube with its screen, and the OPPO A60 did not have any cracks. Our writer even tried something a bit extreme - running a motorcycle over it. The OPPO A60 continued to work without any problems and the screen wasn't cracked. There were some scratches on the corners, but that's about it.

 

Tech specs and features – Adequate for daily use

Here are the full specifications for the OPPO A60:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G
  • Memory: 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 256GB internal, expandable via microSD card
  • Display: 6.67-inch HD+ LCD, 90Hz refresh rate, up to 240Hz touch sampling rate, 950 nits brightness
  • Rear cameras: 50MP primary camera and 2MP secondary camera
  • Front cameras: 8MP selfie camera
  • Battery: 5000mAh battery with 45W SUPERVOOC charging
  • Others: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack and ColorOS 14.0.1 operating system
  • Colours: Ripple Blue and Midnight Purple

At a glance, the list of tech specs above for the OPPO A60 isn't special and should be expected for a phone that sells for just RM699. For example, let's take the chipset. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 680 4G was a 6nm chipset made available back in 2021. But, being an old chipset doesn't mean it's not good, as it sees use in many entry-level devices these days. Don't expect to play high-end games on it, but it performs well enough for most basic needs (like web browsing or social media browsing).

The storage isn't much at 256GB, but it shouldn't be a problem unless you plan to install a bajillion games or record a lot of videos. Moreover, you can expand the storage with a microSD memory card. The RAM capacity is good enough at 8GB, something you wouldn't see on an entry-level phone a few years ago. And if you want more, you could expand it to 16G with 8GB of additional virtual RAM.

As for the screen size, the 6.67-inch display is quite large. However, you only get a max refresh rate of 90Hz instead of the 120Hz you see in more expensive devices. Mind you, 90Hz is enough for scrolling and animation transitions on the phone to look smoother. The display's visual quality was decent and the colours were fairly accurate, so we were quite satisfied.

However, the resolution is only 720p, so it lacks a bit of sharpness for movies and videos. Honestly, seeing a 720p display in a budget phone in 2024 was quite surprising. We expected it to have at least 1080p, but this might be where OPPO compromised to keep the phone below RM1000.

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The OPPO A60 screen

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The screen can produce decent visuals, but it's hard to see under bright sunlight

With a screen-to-body ratio of 89.9%, the front bezels are thicker than we'd like, especially on the chin. But again, this is to be expected for a phone in this price range. The display's typical brightness levels reach 600 nits only, and up to 950 nits of peak brightness. That makes it less ideal for viewing under bright sunlight, even at peak brightness. Having said that, the OPPO A60 is 39% brighter than its predecessor, so that's a bonus.

A new feature of the OPPO A60 that wasn't in previous OPPO A series phones is Splash Touch. Even if your screen is full of water droplets, perhaps due to rain splashes or spilt water, you can still use the screen. We tried pouring water over the screen and could still interact with it just fine.

As for audio, the OPPO A60 has stereo speakers. Entry-level phones tend to feature mono speakers, so it's another nice surprise. The audio quality is good enough and the max volume can be very loud. You could push it up to 300% if you want, although we don't recommend doing that.

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The volume can be increased up to 300%, but it's better to avoid that

This is because the audio quality drops noticeably at higher volumes because of audio distortion. It's best to limit the speaker's max volume to 100% for the best audio quality when watching videos or listening to songs. The only scenario where you might want to have the volume that high is when you have to keep the phone in a bag. That way, you can hear the phone ring in a busy area when vibration mode can't be felt.

The last thing to comment about is the fingerprint scanner. It works like most fingerprint readers these days, which means it's fast enough but nothing special. It does work well even if your finger is wet, which might be relevant if you work out a lot (and have sweaty fingers). The front camera also supports face unlock, which is quite fast and could be a more secure alternative.

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ColorOS 14 UI

In terms of interface (UI), this phone uses ColorOS 14 based on Android 14. We didn't have many problems while using it, but the one thing we hated was the annoying bloatware. These apps clog the screen, making it look messy from the get-go. Fortunately, you could clean it up by removing some of them.

 

Performance - Satisfactory, as long as it's not for gaming

As mentioned, you can't expect fast performance from the OPPO A60's Snapdragon 680 chipset. But it has no problems handling regular tasks like texting, browsing websites or social media, and watching videos.

Here are the benchmark scores for the OPPO A60:

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Low Geekbench score

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Stable performance (99.2%) in 3DMark

Based on the Geekbench scores, the Snapdragon 680 CPU can't compare to those in mid-range phones. But the GPU seems fine, with stable performance in 3DMark, even after 20 minutes.

Having said that, this is definitely not a gaming phone. If you want to play games on the OPPO A60, it'll have to be in medium or low graphics settings. For instance, games like COD Mobile and PUBG Mobile are playable. But it's best to stick to low settings if you want decent frame rates. Slightly more demanding games like Asphalt 9 are also playable at relatively low graphics settings and frame rates.

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No problem playing COD Mobile

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Asphalt 9 is playable, but with low graphics settings and the pixels look visible

While its performance is average, at least the OPPO A60 has a very large 5000mAh battery. It'll easily last a day, even with the screen set to maximum brightness and refresh rate at 90Hz. On a typical work day, the OPPO A60's battery can go from 100% in the morning to around 30% when we leave the office after work.

The charging speed is also pretty good for an entry-level device. A 45W SUPERVOOC charger was also included in the box, so you won't need to get a new one. A full charge takes around an hour and a half, which is not bad for a phone so affordable.

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1% to 99% in 1 hour and 31 minutes

Now, let's move on to camera performance. As expected, the OPPO A60 can take beautiful photos if you are in a bright situation. There's also the secondary camera, a depth sensor that helps produce portrait shots with a neat border between the subject and the background. But like many lower-end devices, the camera doesn't deal well with low-light situations. In particular, images taken in low-light conditions have heavy digital processing, and the noise level is quite evident. As for long-range shots, the zoom can go up to 10x, which sounds great. But the image quality looks so blurry at 5x zoom or more, so we wouldn't recommend that.

Another weakness of this phone is the lack of an ultra-wide camera, which means you can't snap any ultra-wide angle shots. As for videos, the quality of recorded videos is okay if you have a tripod for stabilisation. Overall, it's clear that photography isn't intended to be one of the strengths of this phone. It's decent for casual photos or videos, but we wouldn't use the OPPO A60 for holiday photos. After all, you'd want those to look great as memories of your travels.

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Main camera

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Portrait photos

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Night mode

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Portrait mode (selfie)

 

Conclusion – A durable phone for everyday use!

The OPPO A60 is an affordable phone that can do most of your daily tasks. It even looks decent, assuming you pick the Ripple Blue variant, which gives it a more premium look. It's also highly durable, so you don't have to worry about it falling on the floor or getting wet in the rain. Considering its asking price of RM699, it's one of the best bargains you can get if you want a phone that looks good and is robust.

However, it's not the phone for you if you want something that can play games. There are options with better screen, performance, or photography capabilities available. For instance, go for the TECNO Spark 20 Pro (RM699) if you want a 1080p screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. You can also check out the HONOR X7b, which has a slightly higher price tag (RM799) but features an ultra-wide camera with a similarly tough exterior. Another option is the Infinix HOT 40 Pro (RM649), which is an even more affordable option with a chipset that performs better and has more RAM.

That's it for our review of the OPPO A60! Do you agree or disagree with the points we made? Would you be interested in getting this phone? Please share all your comments on our Facebook page or in the comments below, and stay tuned to TechNave for more reviews like this.

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