Chinese smartphone makers have taken over all but the very high end of the smartphone market in 2017. They have done this by exploiting almost every single niche and by making phones that are just all around stellar devices that are also great value. The A57 from one of China's largest smartphone brands, Oppo, is the perfect example of both of these trends. The A57 is a beautifully made phone with a design that is quite clearly inspired by the iPhone 6/7. It is an all-metal bodied phone with a screen to body ratio that is even better than the Apple devices that have inspired it.
The A57 also has really great build quality that makes it lovely to hold in the hand. Unfortunately, the slippery finish and the rounded design of the phone means that most of these phones are going to be used in designer cases for the Oppo A57. The phone has a powerful processor with eight cores, which should keep you going quite nicely and have enough power for even the most demanding Android games.
It's all about the A57's camera
So what is the niche that Oppo is trying to cater to with the A57 you ask? The answer lies in the camera. Not in the 13 megapixel unit that lies at the back of the phone. However, since we are talking about the rear camera of the A57, let's just give Oppo some kudos for that fact that the rear of the phone is completely smooth, with no camera bump. What this means is that you will not have to resort to Oppo A57 cases and covers to get a phone that you can rest flat on a table. However, it is the front camera of the A57 that is the highlight of the device. The selfie camera, as Oppo calls it, is an amazing 16 megapixels! That's right, the front facing camera on the A57 actually has a higher pixel count than the rear facing unit on the phone.
There's no doubt who the A57 is targeted at then, its people who take a lot of selfie photos or shoot selfie videos of themselves. If you're one of these people, the A57 is the phone for you.In a market where a lot of manufacturers are still putting 2 megapixel front facing cameras on phones that cost more than the A57, the 16 megapixel shooter is amazing. For the price that the you can buy the A57 for online, the phone is the perfect choice for the selfie-addicted.