Oppo has expanded on its A series in South Africa with the introduction of the A98 5G mid-level smartphone. The new A98 will offer flagship-like features, such as a 67W SuperVooc charging on its large 5000mAh battery, a 120Hz screen refresh rate and RAM expansion technology.

Load-shedding friendly

The company is positioning the device as load shedding friendly, with its 5000mAh battery recharging to 100% is just 44 minutes with its fast charging plug, included with the device. It adds that a quick 5-minute charge will yield 6 hours of call time or 2.5 hours of YouTube viewing. With its ‘always on’ display, it will last 17.5 days on standby.

It also promises to maintain 80% of its original battery capacity after 1600 cycles of charging and discharging.

Liam Furie, head of operations & go to markets at Oppo South Africa says, “We understand that the South African market is looking for this type of device that can go all day. This device meets this requirement, with one of the best configurations in flash charging and battery in its price range.”

Under the hood

The A98 features a 6.72-inch display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate that delivers a smooth experience while scrolling or gaming; and is powered by a Snapdragon 695 5G chip with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage that is expandable up to 1TB. Using Oppo’s RAM expansion tech, it will add another 8GB of unused storage to its original 8GB to double it as needed.

Let’s get snappy

The A98 features a dual rear camera, made up to a 64MP AI main shooter, a 2MP depth camera and a 40x microlens; and a 32MP selfie-cam. The phone has the following modes: Portrait Mode, AI Portrait Retouching, Selfie HDR, AI Colour Portrait, and more. The microlens offers 40x magnification for more details for microscopic images that captures beyond what the naked eye can see.


The A98 uses Oppo’s Glow process to create a shimmering crystal effect on the back, which also has a fingerprint-resistant finish. It weighs around 192g and is 8.2mm thin. It features a 3D curved back cover for a comfortable grip on its slim body.

Pricing and availability

The Oppo A98 5G is available in blue and black and is currently on sale for R11 999.