There’s been a massive leap in smartphone memory capabilities in recent times. Thanks to the reduced cost of components, even budget smartphones now boast impressive specs, such as 12GB RAM and 256GB storage, with some even offering up to 1TB. While these numbers may seem extravagant, I believe that for the average user, 512GB is more than sufficient, especially for a budget model. After all, a budget phone with too much memory is nothing but a waste. Wouldn’t you agree?
So, which budget smartphone offers the best value for money? The answer is the OPPO A2 with a 12GB+512GB variant, priced officially at just 1,799 yuan. You might find even better deals through offline stores or third-party sellers. In terms of specs, it provides a satisfactory experience with its MediaTek Dimensity 6020 chipset and smooth performance. It has a 6.72-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1080p and supports a 90Hz refresh rate. The screen’s design is fairly attractive and is advertised with eye-care features.
Battery life on the OPPO A2 is a bit of a letdown, with just 33W fast charging, which isn’t the quickest. However, the low-power chip and a 5000mAh battery should comfortably last a day on a single charge, so it doesn’t hamper the overall experience. There are some corners cut, with a single speaker and a basic vibration motor resulting in an underwhelming audio and haptic experience. The lack of infrared and NFC is a sign of cost-saving, but thankfully, there’s still a headphone jack, which is a small but significant plus.
In terms of photography and handling, the OPPO A2 gets a passing grade. It features a dual-camera setup with a 50MP main sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor, but no OIS, leading to mediocre image quality, blurry scans, and poor low-light performance. Video recording tops out at 1080p with 30FPS, which can be limiting for capturing life’s moments. The design is fairly standard, and with a 193g weight and 7.99mm thickness, it’s not the most comfortable phone to hold because of its flat-screen and edges.
Overall, the OPPO A2 epitomizes what we call “value for money,” offering decent performance, battery life, and display quality at a very competitive price point. With 12GB+512G of internal memory, it is well-equipped to handle resource-heavy apps for years to come. Additionally, OPPO’s extensive after-sales service network provides a hidden advantage over many sub-brands, making it a more reliable choice. So, what do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.