Tuesday, 03 August 2021 11:33

Oppo adds third 5G handset to its A-series with $599 A94 5G


5G smartphones are fast becoming the norm, with Oppo expanding its A-series line-up with its third 5G model with the A94, sitting alongside the A74 5G and A54 5G.

Oppo says its new A94 5G smartphone "is all about speed, offering the fastest and effortless performance in everything from internet browsing through to gaming and work efficiency."

Billed as being "ultra-thin" at 7.8mm, and lightweight at 173g, there's an 8-core MediaTek Dimensity 800U CPU within, a Quad Camera system and the latest ColorOS 11 features, with full specs here.

The company says it "continues to bring Aussies greater choice for future-proof and premium technology at accessible prices."

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Oppo Australia MD Michael Tran said: “We focused our innovations in the A Series to reflect and serve the needs of ambitious and dynamic lifestyles. With fast and powerful performance, the A94 5G is made for those who work hard, play hard, and want a phone that can keep up with them in every aspect of their daily life, be it work or leisure.”

The company proudly boasts its A94 5G "is engineered with Oppo Smart 5G 3.0, with a Dual Network Channel that speeds up network access by connecting to both a Wi-Fi and 4G/5G channel."

Meanwhile, the MediaTek 5G Dimensity 800U chip supports "dual mode (Non-Standalone and Standalone) 5G", which means "users can download files, stream videos and play games with uninterrupted smoothness. The phone also leverages an Octa-core of up to 2.4 GHz and fast memory to ensure a smooth 5G experience."

Inside the phone are eight antennas and a 360° Antenna 3.0, which we're told makes the A94 5G "capable of running on optimal signal regardless of its geographical location or how it’s being held in the hand." Which presumably means you'll never be holding it wrong.

On the front is a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with mini punch hole front camera in the top left hand corner, while the Quad Camera system includes a 48MP Main Camera, 8MP Wide-Angle Macro Camera, 2MP Portrait Mono Camera and 2MP Macro Mono Camera.

Reviews online will judge Oppo's state that "images come out clear and crisp with new features like AI Scene Enhancement 2.0, Dynamic Bokeh and Night Plus."

The A94 5G also comes with something called the "Ultra Night Video Algorithm," which we're told "can automatically improve the brightness and vividness of night-time videos."

Meanwhile, with HDR Video technology, Oppo says users can "create videos with rich detail, abundant colours, minimal noise and great exposure at all times."

There's also a dual-view mode designed for vloggers and social media lovers, which allows them to "simultaneously use the front and back cameras and record in split-screen mode."

A "Focus Lock" feature enables "tracking of any moving subject without losing focus - a perfect feature for shooting sports scenes, running pets and children."

Within is a 4310mAh battery that we're told "supports up to 16.7 hours of online video playback, 7.8 hours of online game playing or 35.5 hours of music playing."

Included in the box is a 30W VOOC Flash Charger which is "capable of boosting the phone to full charge in about 56 minutes. A quick five-minute charge suffices 2.9 hours of calling."

A "Super Nighttime Standby" mode allows the A94 5G to "put itself to bed between the hours of 11:00 PM and 7:00 AM, consuming only up to 1.78% of battery overnight."

So, what about ColorOS 11?

Oppo says ColorOS 11 enables the A94 5G to offer "an immersive gaming experience."

The Game Focus Mode delivers "bullet notifications for interruption-free gaming." A Quick Startup feature lets users "return to a game instantly with a single tap within 24 hours after exiting, skipping lengthy game loading times."

Finally, we're told "those who like to multitask can keep the game running and monitored via Game Floating Window."

"ColorOS Efficiency 3.0" is explained as coming with "a range of features that also make it easy to get work done and multi-task." These include FlexDrop, which lets you "keep apps open either in full screen, as a floating window or in a mini-window for viewing purposes."

The "Folder Quick Merge" easily merges two folders together, similar to the merging and grouping of two apps to help with organisation." You can also translate text instantly with the "3-Finger Translate with Oppo lens."

Going on sale today as a Telstra exclusive in the "Fluid Black" colour for $599, and undoubtedly on various Telstra plans, the phone wasn't yet at Telstra's online store at the time of publication, but you can find more information at Oppo's A94 5G site here

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