Striding into the entry-level arena with an AnTuTu of 39,000, Oppo has delivered a reasonable handset for the thrifty consumer. While Oppo still hasn't left much of an impression on the Western market just yet, the thriving Chinese manufacturer is finding its footing as one of the top smartphone producers in the world and holds a dominant presence in the Eastern market for the time being. Of course, being a high-end manufacturer doesn't mean you can't or won't create handsets for thin wallets, and they've done a swell job of it with the A71 (2018).
If it gives you a sense of scale, this device performs a little behind the Galaxy S5. This isn't top-notch pocket computing power in 2018, but it's sufficient to balance your favorite apps at responsive rates and handle gaming with enough flair to keep your eyes trained at a comfortable frame rate. There aren't any glaring shortcomings here, but do keep in mind that this isn't going to tank Rules of Survival and other demanding titles without slashed frame rates and other drawbacks that might break the experience. As such, the Oppo A71 (2018) is designed to handle the basics with extra multimedia overhead, but it's not a powerhouse.
That said, let's look deeper into Oppo's hardware offerings between these chassis plates and discuss where the A71 really shines.
Processing and Storage
For starts, the Snapdragon 450 is already a sound indicator of two things: First, it's a budget chipset for budget phones, and second, it's at least on the high end of that chipset. What this means is that the A71 borders on mid-range territory processor-wise, and of course, CPUs of a certain quality are usually followed by RAM, GPU and other components that meet a similar standard. In other words, the A71 should be in the green for general, everyday usage with common apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Snapchat, Spotify and so on.
The 2/3 GB RAM is pretty standard for a budget phone nowadays, and while it lacks punch for the more feature-rich apps such as Google Earth, it'll push you through YouTube and other popular software choices without any trouble. Also under the hood are 16 GB of storage, a cozy Adreno 506 and an option to include a microSD card. Remember that having a 64-bit SoC architecture means the device should theoretically support cards up to 2 TB, so if you're the proud owner of a 256 GB variant, the minimal inbuilt storage will only hold you back on app installations.
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
- CPU: 64-bit octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
- RAM: 2/3 GB
- GPU: Adreno 506
- Inbuilt Storage: 16 GB
- MicroSD Support: Up to 2 TB
There's not much to point out about the A71 (2018) in this area except to praise the high-resolution back-facing shooter and the inclusion of 1080p recording. The sensors are admittedly weak, and the lack of OIS just makes motion snapping and low-light conditions even worse. Still, for a handset of this caliber, it's only expected. However, you do have HDR and great daytime shooting capabilities on both the camcorder and back-mounted camera, so you'll still be able to capture your precious moments with crystalline clarity.
- Photo Resolution: 13 MP back, 5 MP front
- Video Resolution: 1080p 30 FPS
- Aperture: F2.2 back, F2.4 front
- Rear Camera Features: HDR, Panorama
On one hand, we'd like to complain that Oppo stuck with a mere 720p HD for the resolution; on the other, we're glad they didn't push the 450-series chip with FHD instead. At 5.2 inches, the pixels will be a little fuzzy for sharper eyes, but it should prove plenty clear enough to bring out the detail in videos and images without a sweat. It's worth noting that the IPS LCD might wash the colors out some, which means you won't be seeing the kind of saturation you'd find on premium handsets. Overall, the Oppo A71 (2018) does just fine in this category.
- Screen Size: 5.2 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1,280 (720p HD)
- Pixel Density: 282 ppi
- Screen-to-Body Ratio: 68.2%
- Display Technology: IPS LCD
Well, there's usually not much to say about batteries in most phones that we review, but it's worth noting that 3,000 mAh is fairly sizable and shouldn't create any problems getting you through the day. The only drawback is, it's not removable, and we'd like to regrettably point out that there are few alternatives that allow you to yank the juicer anymore. For that reason, you probably don't want to condition your purchase on whether the battery can be swapped or not.
- Capacity: 3,000 mAh
- Removable: No
- Technology: Li-ion
Design and Features
Although an aluminum chassis isn't anything fresh on the budget end of the smartphone spectrum, it does go lengths to add a premium feel to a handset that you wouldn't normally consider high-end, especially when black and gold are the only two colors it comes in. It's a nice touch, and there's nothing bad to say about it. Dropping in at an average weight, middle-of-the-road dimensions and no ruggedness, you have a standard design at play with the A71. We'd like to compliment the inclusion of Android 7.1 out of the box and dual-SIM on the side.
- OS: Android 7.1 Nougat
- Material: Aluminum body, all-glass front
- Dimensions: 73.8 x 148.1 x 7.6 mm
- Weight: 137 g
- Ruggedness: None
- Features: Dual-SIM
- Colors: Black, Gold
There are kind words to be said for Oppo's offering here. They put a reasonably snappy CPU together with a standard 2 GB of RAM, a passable GPU and the latest patch for Android Nougat the moment you turn it on. The battery just meets the mark for an all-day charge on moderate usage, and the screen is fairly crisp. You also have a camera suite that lacks a few specialized features to improve its quality during low-light and motion-related shots, but brightly lit still pictures should turn out great. Overall, the A71 (2018) is a well-rounded entry-level smartphone that borders on mid-range territory.