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Review: OPPO A74 offers 5G at a price which will not break the bank

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The rear camera on the OPPO A74. The rear camera on the OPPO A74. Supplied

The OPPO A74 5G is another low-budget device that has entered the market recently, and one that could claim to be the second-lowest priced 5G smartphone in Australia.

It was released along with the A54 5G in April and has a few advantages over that model, with the additional cost being $50. There is double the amount of storage, 2GB more of memory and it charges much faster.

Qualcomm announced earlier this year that it would be bringing 5G to its 480 series, and forecast that this would 5G smartphones drop in price. OPPO is among the first to release models based on this SoC.

dog jumping

In good conditions, the OPPO A74 produces excellent pictures.

The A74 5G supports both standalone and non-standalone 5G networks. Like the A54, it has a 5000mAh battery and both 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates. The phone takes a couple of hours to fully charge when down to zero.

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The device has 6.5-inch 1080 x 2400 LCD screen. The refresh rate automatically drops it down to 60Hz in the case of apps that are not compatible with the higher refresh rate.

The only downside of a 5G smartphone in Australia these days is the exorbitant price one has to pay to connect to a network. Optus is the cheaper of the two, but recently raised its cheapest plan from $39 to $45 per month.

flower not in good light

By contrast, this picture, taken indoors on a gloomy day, does not look that good.

Telstra is much higher, charging $65 per month for its basic plan. Neither telco has yet chosen to offer coverage in Doncaster, the suburb in which I live, and so the speed measurement was done in the adjoining suburb.

These prices probably account for the fact that many people are picking up 5G phones but continuing to use them with 4G plans. The ban on Chinese telco supplier Huawei has added to the price burden for mobile users, but that isn't going away.

The A74 5G has four cameras in its rear setup (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP) but the photographs one gets range from excellent to poor as can be seen from the embedded images. And the latter happens when the light isn't that good; outside, either in daylight or else when it is sunny, the pictures are excellent.

sky good detail

Loads of detail in this shot.

But this is similar to what one gets with other models in the same price range. And for $449, the A74 5G offers much better value than similar models like the Samsung Galaxy A32 5G.

As the A74 5G has only a mono speaker, it is advisable to use the supplied headphones when listening to audio or watching a video. The device comes with a plastic case.

The A74 5G has been on sale since 13 April and can be bought from either JB Hi-Fi or Officeworks.

SPECS

Device A74 5G

Model Code CPH2197

Colour Fluid Black / Space Silver

Chipset (make/ model) Qualcomm SDM480

Baseband Chipset Qualcomm SM4350

RF Platform Vendor and Model Snapdragon X51 5G Modem-RF System

GPU Adreno 619

Dimensions 162.9x74.7x8.4mm

Weight 190g

a74 long fluid blackOperating System/ ColorOS Android 11 / ColorOS 11

Display

Screen Size (inches)/ Pixels 6.5" 2400*1080, FHD+, LTPS-LCD

Screen Refresh Rate 60Hz/90Hz

PPI 405

Aspect Ratio 20:9

Max Brightness Normal: 480cd/m2 HBM: 550cd/m2

Screen Contrast 1500:1

Touch Panel Type in cell

Touch Points 10

Gesture Control Yes

Display Durability Panda Glass MN228 (TBC)

Memory

System Memory (RAM) 6GB

Internal Storage (ROM) 128GB

External Memory up to 256GB microSD

Flash Chipset Type UFS2.2

Camera

Rear Camera Setup 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP

Rear Camera Sensor 48MP CMOS/ OV48B2Q + 8MP CMOS/Hi-846 + 2MP CMOS/GC02M1B + 2MP CMOS/OV02B10"

Rear Camera Sensor Size 48MP(1/2") + 8MP(1/4") + 2MP(1/5'') + 2MP(1/5")

Rear Camera Field of View 48MP(79.8°)+8MP(119.9°)+2MP(88.8°)+2MP(88.8°)

Rear Camera Video Mode 1080p @ 30fps

5g wifi fast

The speed on a 5G network beats the NBN by a huge margin.

Front Camera Setup 16MP(f/2.0)

Front Camera Type Punchole

Front Camera Sensor CMOS/IMX471

Front Camera Field of View 16MP(79.3°)

Front Primary Camera Video Mode 1080P/720P@30FPS>

Flash LED

GPS

GPS / GLONASS / BDS

E-compass Yes

Gyrometer Yes

Barometer Sensor No

Light and Proximity Sensor Yes

Side Key Yes

Vibration Yes

Audio Jack Yes (NAHJ)

USB Type/ Version Type-C / USB 2.0

Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted

Fingerprint Sensor Type Capacitive

OTG Yes

Noise cancelling microphone YES

Speaker Quantity (mono/ stereo) 1,mono

Audio Recorder Yes

a74 silver horizontal

The silver OPPO A74 model. Supplied

Audio Format (PLAYBACK) 3GP/MP4/M4A/AAC/TS/FLAC/GSM/MID/XMF/MXMF/RTTTL/RTX/OTA/IMY/MP3/MKV/WAV/OGG/

Video Format (PLAYBACK) 3GP/MP4/WEBM

Audio Codec AAC LC/HE-AACv1 (AAC+)/HE-AACv2 (enhanced AAC+)/AAC ELD (enhanced low delay AAC)/AMR-NB/AMR-WB/FLAC/GSM/MIDI/MP3/Opus/PCM/WAVE/Vorbis

Video Codec H.263/H.264 AVC
Baseline Profile (BP)
Main Profile (MP)/H.265 HEVC/MPEG-4 SP/VP8/VP9

Network

GPRS Class12, Speed up to 85.6Kbps

EDGE Class12, Speed up to 236.8Kbps

HSDPA Category CAT24

HSUPA Category CAT6

2G Bands/ Frequencies 850/900/1800/1900

3G Bands/ Frequencies 1/2/4/5/6/8/19

4G Bands/ Frequencies 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/26/28/66 38/39/40/41

5G Bands/ Frequencies n1/3/5/7/8/20/28 n38/40/41 n1/3/7/28

n41 No

Maximum CA support 4CA/DL & 2CA/UL

VoLTE/ ViLTE/ VoWiFi Yes Yes Yes

Power Class PC3 PC3

Simultaneous PDP Yes

Multiple RAB Support Yes

GSM Release Rel99

WCDMA Release Rel9

RCS Yes (Android Message)

EVS Yes

WB-AMR Yes Yes

Connectivity

NFC Yes

IrDa (infrared) No

Bluetooth BT5.1

BT Hotspot Yes

Wi-Fi (bands, *a/b/g/n/ac/ax) 802.11a/b/g/n/ac

Wi-Fi Hotspot Yes

VPN Yes

Wi-Fi Direct Yes

Wi-Fi Display Yes

DLNA Yes

WPS Yes

SIM Lock Yes

Dual SIM No

SIM Card Type Nano-SIM

Power Management

Battery Size/ Type 5000mAh

Charger details 9V/2A @18W

VOOC No

Super VOOC No

Wireless Charging No

Inside the box

Wall Charger Yes

Data Cable Yes

Headphones Yes

Case Yes

Screen Protector Yes

User Manual Yes

Warranty Card Yes

Mobile Muster Card Yes


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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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