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Oppo A16s smartphone review - Inexpensive endurance runner with NFC

For a small budget. The Oppo A16s is an inexpensive entry-level smartphone that wants to convince with its 5,000 mAh strong battery, an eye-friendly display and last but not least a triple camera. How the Oppo smartphone performs for less than 180 Euros (~$208) can be read in the review.
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Oppo A16s (A Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio G35 8 x 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
PowerVR GE8320, Core: 680 MHz
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.52 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 269 PPI, Capacitive, LCD, Panda-MN228-Glass, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 48.1 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: Audio Jack (3.5 mm), Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB (FAT, FAT32, exFAT), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, compass, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 5, 8), LTE (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 163.8 x 75.6 ( = 0.33 x 6.45 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 13 MPix (f/2.2, 26 mm, 1/3.06", 1.12 µm) + 2MPix (f/2.4) + 2MPix (f/2.4); Camera2-API-Level: Full
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.0)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Virtual, 10W-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Headset, SIM-Tool, Bumper, Quick Start Guide, ColorOS 11.1, 24 Months Warranty, Single-Band-GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo and SBAS; Head-SAR: 0.99 W/kg, Body-SAR: 1.24 W/kg, fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 81 g ( = 2.86 oz / 0.18 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

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Possible competitors in comparison

Bewertung
Datum
Modell
Gewicht
Speicher
Groesse
Aufloesung
Refresh-Rate
Preis ab
77 %
11/2021
Oppo A16s
Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320
190 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720060 Hz
80.5 %
07/2021
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
190 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2400x1080090 Hz
75.7 %
06/2021
Samsung Galaxy M12
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2
214 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720090 Hz
77.2 %
02/2021
realme 7i
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
208 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720060 Hz

Case, equipment and operation

The Oppo A16s is mostly made of plastic, but still has a high-quality look and solid build. Only the front is protected by Panda MN228 glass. The Oppo smartphone is available in Crystal Black and Pearl Blue and is protected against splashing water according to IPX4.

The phone's features are typical for the class. The A16s offers full-fledged dual-SIM (2x nano) and microSD support. The slot for memory expansion demonstrates good transfer rates in the copy test and also masters the exFAT file system. The USB port works according to the 2.0 standard and provides OTG so that external storage media as well as peripherals can be connected to the smartphone. By the way, the only difference to the Oppo A16 without the s appendage is that the tested version has an NFC chip.

Google Android 11 is used as the operating system, over which Oppo strips its ColorOS user interface in version 11.1. The security updates are up to August 5, 2021 at the time of the test, which is still fairly up-to-date. Unfortunately, a DRM certification is missing, so correspondingly protected content cannot be played in HD.

At best, LTE is available for mobile Internet access. The frequency equipment is decent, so there should not be any restrictions in Europe. The telephony features are good as long as the A16s is held to the ear and noise is not too loud, because the latter is only filtered out moderately. It does reverberate slightly in speaker mode, but the quality and microphone range are otherwise decent. VoLTE is supported.

A dual-band module with Wi-Fi 5 is available for Wi-Fi connections, which provides decent transmission rates in combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12. The observed fluctuations in data reception are not noticed negatively in everyday use.

The touchscreen is protected ex-works with a screen protector that has good gliding properties and has been applied cleanly. A fingerprint sensor in the power button is available for biometric security. It has good recognition rates and works at a decent speed. Alternatively, facial recognition via the front-facing camera is possible, but it is less secure

Size comparison

164.1 mm / 6.46 inch 75.5 mm / 2.97 inch 9.8 mm / 0.3858 inch 208 g0.4586 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.9 mm / 2.99 inch 9.7 mm / 0.3819 inch 214 g0.4718 lbs163.8 mm / 6.45 inch 75.6 mm / 2.98 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs161.81 mm / 6.37 inch 75.34 mm / 2.97 inch 8.92 mm / 0.3512 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs
SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Oppo A16s
  (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
45.73 MB/s ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (11.8 - 55.3, n=61, last 2 years)
25.4 MB/s ∼56% -44%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
13.66 MB/s ∼30% -70%
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Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Oppo A16s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø37 (21.6-44.6)
Samsung Galaxy M12 Mali-G52 MP2, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential write: Ø32.5 (23.5-42)
Oppo A16s PowerVR GE8320, Helio G35, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø68.2 (16.6-76)
Samsung Galaxy M12 Mali-G52 MP2, Exynos 850, 64 GB eMMC Flash; Sequential read: Ø53.9 (46.5-57)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
352 (319min - 359max) MBit/s ∼100% +20%
Oppo A16s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
294 (151min - 315max) MBit/s ∼84%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
802.11a/ac/b/g/n
292 (236min - 352max) MBit/s ∼83% -1%
Samsung Galaxy M12
802.11 b/g/n
41.6 (8min - 65max) MBit/s ∼12% -86%
iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
802.11a/ac/b/g/n
353 (177min - 358max) MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Oppo A16s
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
299 (200min - 346max) MBit/s ∼85%
realme 7i
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
288 (261min - 319max) MBit/s ∼82% -4%
Samsung Galaxy M12
802.11 b/g/n
45 (33min - 51max) MBit/s ∼13% -85%
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Oppo A16s Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø298 (200-346)
Samsung Galaxy M12 Samsung Exynos 850, ARM Mali-G52 MP1; iperf3 Client (receive) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø44.9 (33-51)
Oppo A16s Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø289 (151-315)
Samsung Galaxy M12 Samsung Exynos 850, ARM Mali-G52 MP1; iperf3 Client (transmit) 1 m 4M x10 Netgear AX12; iperf 3.1.3: Ø41.5 (8-65)

AI triple camera in Oppo A16s

Selfie with the Oppo A16s
Selfie with the Oppo A16s

The front-facing camera does not have a particularly high resolution, but it still enables quite good selfies. Especially the automatic HDR function provides better results in backlight than many rivals.

The triple camera offers standard fare. The main lens takes quite decent pictures, but they are characterized by weak dynamics and fine details look frayed in the background. The two additional lenses are responsible for depth of field and close-ups (macro).

Videos are recorded in Full HD with 30 frames per second, at best, on both front and rear cameras.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleZoom (5x)Low-Light
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ColorChecker
7.3 ∆E
5.1 ∆E
7.4 ∆E
7.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
8.8 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
3.9 ∆E
2.9 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
6 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
6.5 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
3.2 ∆E
5.2 ∆E
3 ∆E
4.4 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
4 ∆E
3.3 ∆E
7.7 ∆E
ColorChecker Oppo A16s: 5.21 ∆E min: 2.76 - max: 8.78 ∆E
ColorChecker
29.9 ∆E
55.1 ∆E
39.8 ∆E
35.3 ∆E
45.6 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
54.2 ∆E
36.1 ∆E
44.2 ∆E
29 ∆E
65.1 ∆E
64.6 ∆E
29.4 ∆E
47.7 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
76.8 ∆E
44.6 ∆E
41.9 ∆E
93.7 ∆E
71.4 ∆E
52.5 ∆E
36.9 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.4 ∆E
ColorChecker Oppo A16s: 47.12 ∆E min: 13.38 - max: 93.7 ∆E

Display - Oppo smartphone with bright LCD

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure

The 6.52-inch LC screen of Oppo's A16s only has a small HD resolution. This does not result in a particularly high pixel density, but you have to look very closely to see a pixel structure.

The screen's brightness is a bit higher with activated ambient light and reaches up to 607 cd/m² in the screen's center. If the luminosity is regulated manually, 549 cd/m² are still reached and with an even distribution of bright and dark areas (APL50), it is 576 cd/m².

The display's white balance is quite cool in the default settings. However, if the color temperature is set to as warm as possible in the settings, the display is quite natural and, especially considering the price range, really good. However, the black level could have been a bit better, but it is still sufficient for a strong contrast ratio.

600
cd/m²
617
cd/m²
560
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
607
cd/m²
555
cd/m²
593
cd/m²
592
cd/m²
560
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 617 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 586.3 cd/m² Minimum: 2.98 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 90 %
Center on Battery: 607 cd/m²
Contrast: 1167:1 (Black: 0.52 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.1 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.4
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
92.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.17
Oppo A16s
LCD, 1600x720, 6.52
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy M12
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
realme 7i
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
0%
-17%
-4%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
48 ?(22, 26)
39.6 ?(18.4, 21.2)
17%
44 ?(21, 23)
8%
40 ?(19, 21)
17%
Response Time Black / White *
24 ?(10.8, 13.2)
28 ?(14, 14)
-17%
34 ?(17, 17)
-42%
30 ?(13, 17)
-25%
PWM Frequency
925.9 ?(25)
Screen
32%
-38%
-60%
Brightness middle
607
427
-30%
426
-30%
597
-2%
Brightness
586
404
-31%
428
-27%
569
-3%
Brightness Distribution
90
87
-3%
89
-1%
91
1%
Black Level *
0.52
0.17
67%
0.46
12%
0.74
-42%
Contrast
1167
2512
115%
926
-21%
807
-31%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
3.1
1.5
52%
4.89
-58%
5.47
-76%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.7
2.1
69%
9.42
-41%
12.11
-81%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
2
1.6
20%
4.8
-140%
6.9
-245%
Gamma
2.17 101%
2.3 96%
2.27 97%
2.363 93%
CCT
6806 96%
6652 98%
7669 85%
8091 80%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
16% / 26%
-28% / -34%
-32% / -49%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
24 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 10.8 ms rise
↘ 13.2 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 39 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (23.7 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
48 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 26 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 77 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.5 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 20894 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (color temperature: max. Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Grayscale (color temperature: max. Warm, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
Colors (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
Color space (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
Saturation (color temperature: max. warm, target color space: sRGB)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Oppo A16s can rely on a MediaTek Helio G35 with 4 GB of working memory. The integrated PowerVR GE8320 is responsible. The processor provides an appealing everyday performance, but small stutters can be seen from time to time. The performance is comparable with that of the Exynos 850 but the old GPU of the G35 is a real gaming fun killer. In return, the Oppo smartphone always stays pleasantly cool.

The speaker on the chin side provides a quite good sound output, which is treble-heavy but can convince especially in the medium volume range. The audio jack enables a decent sound (signal-to-noise ratio: 66.43 dBFS) via cable. Bluetooth with all common audio codecs (SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, aptX Adaptive, aptX TWS+ and LDAC) is available as an alternative.

The 5,000 mAh battery of the A16s ensures enormously long screen runtimes, so that two days of use should easily be possible in sporadic use.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
176 Points ∼29%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
454 Points ∼74% +158%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
178 Points ∼29% +1%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
354 Points ∼58% +101%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (149 - 176, n=4)
165 Points ∼27% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=268, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼100% +247%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
965 Points ∼47%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
1347 Points ∼65% +40%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1042 Points ∼50% +8%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1305 Points ∼63% +35%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (538 - 965, n=4)
755 Points ∼37% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=268, last 2 years)
2068 Points ∼100% +114%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5272 Points ∼53%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
9100 Points ∼91% +73%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6065 Points ∼61% +15%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (5272 - 5309, n=3)
5293 Points ∼53% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=95, last 2 years)
9977 Points ∼100% +89%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8311 Points ∼96%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
8655 Points ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (5279 - 5594, n=2)
5437 Points ∼63%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=213, last 2 years)
8275 Points ∼96%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
928 Points ∼21%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3277 Points ∼73% +253%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1260 Points ∼28% +36%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1844 Points ∼41% +99%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (599 - 928, n=3)
803 Points ∼18% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=256, last 2 years)
4500 Points ∼100% +385%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
853 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
3435 Points ∼59% +303%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1133 Points ∼19% +33%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1693 Points ∼29% +98%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (541 - 853, n=3)
740 Points ∼13% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=256, last 2 years)
5864 Points ∼100% +587%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1343 Points ∼43%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2824 Points ∼90% +110%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2079 Points ∼66% +55%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2684 Points ∼85% +100%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (954 - 1343, n=3)
1157 Points ∼37% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (651 - 6394, n=254, last 2 years)
3144 Points ∼100% +134%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
486 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2411 Points ∼87% +396%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
864 Points ∼31% +78%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1400 Points ∼51% +188%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (341 - 486, n=3)
416 Points ∼15% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=223, last 2 years)
2772 Points ∼100% +470%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
412 Points ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2313 Points ∼79% +461%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
746 Points ∼25% +81%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1237 Points ∼42% +200%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (289 - 412, n=3)
353 Points ∼12% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=223, last 2 years)
2932 Points ∼100% +612%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1301 Points ∼45%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2829 Points ∼97% +117%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1942 Points ∼67% +49%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2600 Points ∼89% +100%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (933 - 1301, n=3)
1123 Points ∼38% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (688 - 5318, n=223, last 2 years)
2917 Points ∼100% +124%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
539 Points ∼15%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2449 Points ∼66% +354%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
866 Points ∼23% +61%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1411 Points ∼38% +162%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (373 - 539, n=3)
464 Points ∼13% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=258, last 2 years)
3708 Points ∼100% +588%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
462 Points ∼11%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2336 Points ∼54% +406%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
744 Points ∼17% +61%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
1243 Points ∼28% +169%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (318 - 462, n=3)
403 Points ∼9% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=258, last 2 years)
4363 Points ∼100% +844%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1304 Points ∼41%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
2948 Points ∼93% +126%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2042 Points ∼64% +57%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2681 Points ∼85% +106%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (839 - 1304, n=3)
1031 Points ∼33% -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (635 - 5793, n=258, last 2 years)
3172 Points ∼100% +143%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
422 Points ∼14%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
706 Points ∼24%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9927, n=139, last 2 years)
2974 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
423 Points ∼14%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
698 Points ∼23%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=136, last 2 years)
3079 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
59.1 (253min - 428max) % ∼66%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=122, last 2 years)
89.8 % ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
119 Points ∼13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (102 - 3080, n=87, last 2 years)
917 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
117 Points ∼13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 4236, n=86, last 2 years)
927 Points ∼100%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
94.2 (114min - 121max) % ∼100%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=74, last 2 years)
90.4 % ∼96%
GFXBench
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.8 fps ∼30%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
14 fps ∼54% +79%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
11 fps ∼43% +41%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
18 fps ∼70% +131%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (7.4 - 7.8, n=3)
7.6 fps ∼29% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=268, last 2 years)
25.8 fps ∼100% +231%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.2 fps ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
14 fps ∼46% +233%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
6.2 fps ∼20% +48%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
9.7 fps ∼32% +131%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (4.1 - 4.2, n=3)
4.17 fps ∼14% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.9 - 257, n=268, last 2 years)
30.4 fps ∼100% +624%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5 fps ∼29%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
8.8 fps ∼51% +76%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
7.1 fps ∼41% +42%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
12 fps ∼69% +140%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (4.7 - 5, n=3)
4.83 fps ∼28% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2.1 - 60, n=269, last 2 years)
17.3 fps ∼100% +246%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A16s
Mediatek Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼13%
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 6144
5.5 fps ∼47% +267%
Samsung Galaxy M12
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
2.2 fps ∼19% +47%
realme 7i
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 4096
3.5 fps ∼30% +133%
Average Mediatek Helio G35
  (1.5 - 1.5, n=3)
1.5 fps ∼13% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.7 - 101, n=269, last 2 years)
11.7 fps ∼100% +680%
Oppo A16sXiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5GSamsung Galaxy M12realme 7iAverage 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
273%
79%
61%
4%
214%
Sequential Read 256KB
289.19
953.73
230%
311.4
8%
316.4
9%
273 ?(95.6 - 704, n=182)
-6%
848 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=272, last 2 years)
193%
Sequential Write 256KB
168.36
489.13
191%
249.3
48%
187.2
11%
177 ?(40 - 274, n=182)
5%
391 ?(11.9 - 1465, n=272, last 2 years)
132%
Random Read 4KB
45.32
155.75
244%
120.9
167%
77.4
71%
58.6 ?(9.58 - 149, n=182)
29%
149 ?(13.5 - 325, n=272, last 2 years)
229%
Random Write 4KB
35.23
186.06
428%
67.2
91%
89.5
154%
30.3 ?(2.34 - 147, n=182)
-14%
141 ?(5.5 - 449, n=272, last 2 years)
300%

Temperature

Max. Load
 30.9 °C
88 F
30.5 °C
87 F
33.5 °C
92 F
 
 30.5 °C
87 F
30.2 °C
86 F
34.1 °C
93 F
 
 30 °C
86 F
29.6 °C
85 F
32.5 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 34.1 °C = 93 F
Average: 31.3 °C = 88 F
29.7 °C
85 F
30.2 °C
86 F
32 °C
90 F
29.4 °C
85 F
30 °C
86 F
31.7 °C
89 F
29.1 °C
84 F
29.6 °C
85 F
30.9 °C
88 F
Maximum: 32 °C = 90 F
Average: 30.3 °C = 87 F
Power Supply (max.)  29.5 °C = 85 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(+) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 31.3 °C / 88 F, compared to the average of 32.8 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 34.1 °C / 93 F, compared to the average of 35.1 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 32 °C / 90 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.5 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 32.8 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs203734.92525.634.93129.138.14023.439.55036.840.56328.439.28024.844.910022.444.812519.244.116016.946.420015.646.125013.853.931513.45940013.362.950013.866.36301269.380012.771.3100012.275.512501377.9160013.780.1200013.280.4250013.479.931501381.6400013.383.3500013.683630013.382.4800013.880.11000013.779.5125001475.91600013.563.5SPL25.592.1N0.790.3median 13.5median 75.5Delta0.711.13046.326.742.625.645.826.141.836.443.829.246.32547.217.852.818.351.318.655.917.455.414.255.915.958.412.861146713.368.312.276.112.378.411.981.712.883.212.784.412.184.812.983.413.280.313.479.913.678.313.478.813.981.11484.214.271.925.293.50.795.9median 13.4median 78.31.211hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOppo A16sXiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Oppo A16s audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (92.1 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.5% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.5% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (1.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 9% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 85% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 34% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 58% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 23.3% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 6.9% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (2.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (15.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 23%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 18% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 77% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Oppo A16s
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco M3 Pro 5G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy M12
5000 mAh
realme 7i
6000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing
1053
1025
-3%
926
-12%
1307
24%
907 ?(442 - 1953, n=280, last 2 years)
-14%
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing (Chrome 94)
17h 33min

Pros

+ bright LC display
+ Expandable memory
+ Dual-SIM
+ long battery life

Cons

- missing DRM certification
- weak GPU performance

Verdict - The Oppo A16 with the small plus

In review: Oppo A16s. Test device provided by Oppo Germany.
In review: Oppo A16s. Test device provided by Oppo Germany.

The Oppo A16s is a successful entry-level smartphone that primarily convinces with a bright and PWM-free display, full-fledged dual-SIM and very long battery runtimes. It is also one of the few phones in its class that is also equipped with an NFC chip, which not only enables fast pairing of Bluetooth devices, but also mobile payments.

The Oppo A16s has a lot to offer despite its low price.

It is only a pity that Oppo does without a DRM certification. Those who also like to play games on the smartphone will have to get used to reduced details and long loading times in the A16s. The camera is certainly not a highlight, but it is still sufficient for occasional snapshots.

A strong alternative is the Poco M3 Pro 5G, which, in addition to 5G, also has a higher-resolution 90 Hz display, but it is darker. The Galaxy M12 on the other hand, offers better cameras, but has to make concessions in battery runtimes and Wi-Fi speed.

Price and availability

The Oppo A16s starts with an MSRP of 179 Euros (~$207), but is already available for under 150 Euros (~$173). Among others, it is available at Amazon (DE), MediaMarkt (A16 without NFC) or Saturn but can also be purchased with or without a contract at Sparhandy.

Oppo A16s - 10/26/2021 v7
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
84%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
86%
Connectivity
48 / 70 → 68%
Weight
89%
Battery
92%
Display
87%
Games Performance
6 / 64 → 10%
Application Performance
61 / 86 → 71%
Temperature
93%
Noise
100%
Audio
75 / 90 → 84%
Camera
51%
Average
72%
77%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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