OPPO launches new budget-friendly 90Hz display smartphones

Silky smooth screens that won’t cost the earth.

OPPO is continuing their domination of the budget smartphone market with two new devices (the A53 and A53s) boasting 6.5-inch displays with 90Hz refresh rates – something previously reserved for flagship devices – for as little as $299.

For the uninitiated, screen refresh rate relates to how smooth (or jittery) a display is – the higher the refresh rate, the smoother your scrolling, gaming and streaming. For context, Apple’s new iPhone 12 is 60Hz.

From what we’re able to tell, the A53 and A53s are essentially identical, despite the slightly confusing names. Both house an octa-core Snapdragon 460 processor with 4GB RAM, a massive 5,000mAH battery with 18W fast charging and a triple-lens AI camera setup (13MP main, 2MP depth and 2MP macro). The only real difference between the two is storage size, with the A53 offering 64GB and the A53s doubling the storage at 128GB. Both, however, can be expanded to a max of 256GB through an external MicroSD card. Each device includes a rear fingerprint scanner and face unlock technology for fast access.

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OPPO A53s Fancy Blue

The A53 retails for $299 is available in Electric Black or Mint Cream. The A53s will set you back an extra $50 at $349 and comes in Electric Black or Fancy Blue. Both are available outright from Telstra, JB Hi-Fi, Mobileciti, Woolworths, Bing Lee and Amazon, or you can grab your device of choice on a low-cost plan through Woolworths Mobile.