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Oppo A74 5G review - Affordable 5G smartphone with long endurance

More than just 5G. Contrary to what the name suggests, the Oppo A74 5G is more than just a simple 5G upgrade of the LTE model with the same name. Among other things, the cameras and the display have been optimized. We will find out whether everything has changed for the better in our review.
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Oppo A74 5G (A Series)
Processor
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G 8 x 1.8 - 2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / 55
Graphics adapter
Memory
6144 MB 
, LPDDR4x
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 2400 x 1080 pixel 405 PPI, Capacitive, LTPS, Panda-Glass MN338, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash, 128 GB 
, 110.4 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: Audio Jack (3.5 mm), USB-C, Card Reader: microSD up to 256 GB (FAT, FAT32), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, OTG
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5), Bluetooth 5.1, 2G (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz), 3G (Band 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 19), 4G (Band 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 39, 40, 41, 66), 5G (Band 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41, 77, 78), Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 162.9 x 74.7 ( = 0.33 x 6.41 x 2.94 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 11
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix (f/1.7, 26 mm, 1/2.0", 0.8 µm) + 8 MPix (Ultrawide, f/2.2, 1/4.0", 1.12 µm) + 2 MPix (Macro, f/2.4) + 2 MPix (Depth, f/2.4); Camera2-API-Level: Level 3
Secondary Camera: 16 MPix (f/2.0, 26 mm)
Additional features
Speakers: Mono, Keyboard: Onscreen, 18W-Charger, USB-Cabel (Type-A to Type-C), Headset, SIM-Needle, Bumper, ColorOS 11.1, 24 Months Warranty, Body-SAR: 1.29 W/kg, Head-SAR: 0922 W/kg; Single-Band-GNSS: GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo; DRM Widevine L1, fanless
Weight
190 g ( = 6.7 oz / 0.42 pounds), Power Supply: 103 g ( = 3.63 oz / 0.23 pounds)
Price
299 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors in comparison

Rating
ratingversion
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
82.4 %7
08/2021
Oppo A74 5G
SD 480, Adreno 619
190 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"2400x1080
80 %7
07/2021
Vivo Y72 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
193 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.58"2408x1080
80.4 %7
06/2021
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
190 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2400x1080
79.3 %7
03/2021
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3
205 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720

Case, equipment and operation

The Oppo A74 5G is mostly made of plastic, only the front is protected by Panda Glass. The build quality nevertheless leaves a good impression and is characterized by clean gaps and a pleasant feel. However, the volume buttons are unusually narrow.

The equipment of the A74 5G is on an appealing level. NFC is on board, and Oppo's smartphone also supports full-fledged dual-SIM. The storage can also be expanded via microSD card, but the exFAT file system is not supported.

Wi-Fi 5 is an appropriate Wi-Fi standard, which enables stable transfer rates in combination with our reference router Netgear Nighthawk AX12. The A74 5G shows ordinary connection properties on the move and offers a broad frequency coverage.

Google's Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 is used as the operating system, which is an old acquaintance from other smartphones of the manufacturer. The security updates were updated on March 5, 2021, at the time of the test and are thus no longer up-to-date. The A74 5G is supposed to be updated quarterly for three years.

The Oppo A74 5G supports VoLTE as well as Wi-Fi calling and has a good voice quality when held to the ear. The speaker echoes audibly and the microphone range is only average. The noise suppression works well, but loud noise causes a very narrow frequency response, which makes the speaker sound very unnatural and hollow.

The touchscreen is supplied with a protective film and has good gliding properties. Inputs are implemented quickly and precisely via the touch-sensitive surface, and the higher refresh rate also makes navigating through the system pleasantly smooth. The fingerprint scanner in the power button and 2D facial recognition are available for biometric security. Both work quite reliably and have an appealing unlocking speed.

Size comparison

164.2 mm / 6.46 inch 76.1 mm / 3 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 193 g0.4255 lbs162.9 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs161.81 mm / 6.37 inch 75.34 mm / 2.97 inch 8.92 mm / 0.3512 inch 190 g0.4189 lbs
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Cross Platform Disk Test
Sequential read
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
84.9 (65.2min, 83.408P1 - 91.9max) MB/s ∼100% +1%
Oppo A74 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
83.8 (20.7min, 48.543P1 - 94.8max) MB/s ∼99%
Average of class Smartphone
  (35.4 - 88.4, n=48, last 2 years)
71.5 MB/s ∼84% -15%
Vivo Y72 5G
 
40.6 (32min, 33.982P1 - 44.6max) MB/s ∼48% -52%
Sequential write
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
41.7 (34.2min, 34.962P1 - 50.7max) MB/s ∼100% +5%
Oppo A74 5G
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
39.7 (25.2min, 30.678P1 - 50.3max) MB/s ∼95%
Average of class Smartphone
  (12.3 - 52.3, n=48, last 2 years)
33.6 MB/s ∼81% -15%
Vivo Y72 5G
 
15.4 (11.2min, 11.335P1 - 24.2max) MB/s ∼37% -61%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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; Sequential write; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø39.7 (25.2-50.3)
; Sequential read; Toshiba Exceria Pro M501: Ø83.8 (20.7-94.8)
Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Vivo Y72 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
347 (333min - 351max) MBit/s ∼100% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
346 (324min - 360max) MBit/s ∼100% +11%
Oppo A74 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
311 (151min - 363max) MBit/s ∼90%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
294 (286min - 301max) MBit/s ∼85% -5%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
366 (347min - 374max) MBit/s ∼100% +17%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
350 (332min - 359max) MBit/s ∼96% +12%
Vivo Y72 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
343 (314min - 350max) MBit/s ∼94% +10%
Oppo A74 5G
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
312 (188min - 339max) MBit/s ∼85%
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Oppo A74 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø312 (188-339)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G MediaTek Dimensity 720, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø363 (347-374)
Oppo A74 5G Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Qualcomm Adreno 619; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø306 (151-363)
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G MediaTek Dimensity 720, ARM Mali-G57 MP3; iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10; iperf 3.1.3: Ø346 (324-360)

Cameras - Additional ultra-wide angle in the Oppo A74 5G

Selfie with the Oppo A74 5G
Selfie with the Oppo A74 5G

On the spec sheet, the camera setup on the back is very similar to that of Oppo's A74, but it gets an additional ultra-wide-angle, which is a bit low in detail and blurred towards the edges, but has a decent imaging performance overall. We like the pictures of the main camera in the dark and the zoom a bit better than in the 4G model.

Oppo again relies on the same 16 MP model for the front-facing camera. Videos can be recorded in Full HD with 30 frames per second at best on both sides.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Wide-angleWide-angleUltra wide-angle5x ZoomLow-Light
ColorChecker
20 ∆E
12 ∆E
13.6 ∆E
17.8 ∆E
10.2 ∆E
7.8 ∆E
9.9 ∆E
15.2 ∆E
12.2 ∆E
9.2 ∆E
9.8 ∆E
6.4 ∆E
11 ∆E
16 ∆E
14.7 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
13.1 ∆E
2.4 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
8.7 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
ColorChecker Oppo A74 5G: 10.12 ∆E min: 2.44 - max: 20.05 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.9 ∆E
53.3 ∆E
38.8 ∆E
35.9 ∆E
43.3 ∆E
61.6 ∆E
52.6 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
40.7 ∆E
26.7 ∆E
63.2 ∆E
63.6 ∆E
29.6 ∆E
46.8 ∆E
34.5 ∆E
75.2 ∆E
41 ∆E
42.5 ∆E
88.5 ∆E
69.9 ∆E
51.6 ∆E
36.6 ∆E
23.4 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
ColorChecker Oppo A74 5G: 45.64 ∆E min: 13.2 - max: 88.46 ∆E

Display - Oppo smartphone with LTPS panel and PWM

Subpixel structure
Subpixel structure
adjusted color temperature
adjusted color temperature

The 6.5-inch LTPS display of the Oppo A74 5G has a Full HD+ resolution and operates at 90 Hz. HDR support is not available. The brightness is quite good and the smartphone offers a strong contrast ratio due to the low black value.

The display is quite cool in the factory settings, but it can be adjusted via the settings. If you increase the color temperature accordingly, you will get a natural color reproduction without having to compromise on color space support.

Despite an LCD, Oppo uses PWM for brightness control. Its frequency is quite high, so few users should have problems.

567
cd/m²
585
cd/m²
560
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
582
cd/m²
570
cd/m²
561
cd/m²
567
cd/m²
594
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 3
Maximum: 594 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 572.6 cd/m² Minimum: 1.21 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 94 %
Center on Battery: 582 cd/m²
Contrast: 1663:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.8 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 2 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
99.9% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.26
Oppo A74 5G
LTPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Vivo Y72 5G
IPS, 2408x1080, 6.58
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
TFT-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Response Times
-10%
-38%
-101%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
39.6 ?(18.8, 20.8)
42 ?(19, 23)
-6%
43.6 ?(21.2, 22.4)
-10%
66.8 ?(32, 34.8)
-69%
Response Time Black / White *
17.6 ?(6.8, 10.8)
20 ?(9, 11)
-14%
29.2 ?(14.4, 14.8)
-66%
40.8 ?(19.2, 21.6)
-132%
PWM Frequency
2404 ?(14)
Screen
-52%
-4%
-87%
Brightness middle
582
419
-28%
550
-5%
543
-7%
Brightness
573
384
-33%
515
-10%
512
-11%
Brightness Distribution
94
87
-7%
86
-9%
85
-10%
Black Level *
0.35
0.7
-100%
0.32
9%
0.63
-80%
Contrast
1663
599
-64%
1719
3%
862
-48%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.8
3.32
-84%
1.8
-0%
4.9
-172%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
3.4
5.06
-49%
3.1
9%
8.6
-153%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2
3
-50%
2.5
-25%
6.3
-215%
Gamma
2.26 97%
2.203 100%
2.28 96%
2.23 99%
CCT
6736 96%
7236 90%
6326 103%
8120 80%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-31% / -44%
-21% / -10%
-94% / -90%

* ... smaller is better

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
17.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 6.8 ms rise
↘ 10.8 ms fall
The screen shows good response rates in our tests, but may be too slow for competitive gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 24 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
39.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18.8 ms rise
↘ 20.8 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 47 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (37.7 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 2404 Hz ≤ 14 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 2404 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 14 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 2404 Hz is quite high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17047 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 2500000) Hz was measured.

Grayscale (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Grayscale (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color representation (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color representation (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Color space (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
Saturation (adjusted white balance, target color space: DCI-P3)
outdoors
outdoors
Viewing angle stability
Viewing angle stability

Performance, emissions and battery life

The Oppo A74 5G is powered by the entry-level SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G and has access to a generous 6 GB of working memory. The system delivers a good performance and is even faster than smaller models from the 600 series from last year. Games can be run without problems, but the details have to be reduced in more demanding titles. We cannot determine an excessive heating at any time.

The speaker on the chin side delivered a mediocre performance and is characterized by a metallic character that distorts with increasing volume. However, it is sufficient for occasional use in everyday life. Alternatively, a decent audio jack (SNR: 73.63 dBFS) or Bluetooth are available.

The A74 5G can positively surprise in terms of battery runtimes, because it is larger than the 4G model and often delivers better results than the competition.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
520 Points ∼87%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
565 Points ∼94% +9%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
547 Points ∼91% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
472 Points ∼79% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (504 - 520, n=6)
511 Points ∼85% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=250, last 2 years)
601 Points ∼100% +16%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1713 Points ∼84%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1772 Points ∼87% +3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1692 Points ∼83% -1%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1511 Points ∼74% -12%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (1627 - 1713, n=6)
1671 Points ∼82% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=250, last 2 years)
2039 Points ∼100% +19%
PCMark for Android
Work 3.0 (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
7016 Points ∼70%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
6783 Points ∼68% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8965 Points ∼90% +28%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (6928 - 8402, n=5)
7557 Points ∼76% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4436 - 17085, n=68, last 2 years)
9959 Points ∼100% +42%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
6368 Points ∼75%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8504 Points ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6145 Points ∼72%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (6380 - 7713, n=2)
7047 Points ∼83%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=233, last 2 years)
8040 Points ∼95%
3DMark
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3625 Points ∼85%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3516 Points ∼83% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3553 Points ∼84% -2%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3713 Points ∼87% +2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3602 - 3656, n=6)
3636 Points ∼86% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=255, last 2 years)
4250 Points ∼100% +17%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3825 Points ∼70%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3612 Points ∼66% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3664 Points ∼67% -4%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3975 Points ∼73% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3817 - 3845, n=6)
3835 Points ∼70% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=255, last 2 years)
5466 Points ∼100% +43%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3064 Points ∼95%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3216 Points ∼100% +5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3214 Points ∼100% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
3018 Points ∼94% -2%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3008 - 3118, n=6)
3076 Points ∼96% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5784, n=253, last 2 years)
3019 Points ∼94% -1%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2420 Points ∼90%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2419 Points ∼90% 0%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2453 Points ∼91% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2575 Points ∼96% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2419 - 2478, n=6)
2436 Points ∼91% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=229, last 2 years)
2682 Points ∼100% +11%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2287 Points ∼80%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2222 Points ∼78% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2302 Points ∼81% +1%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2525 Points ∼89% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2287 - 2338, n=6)
2302 Points ∼81% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=229, last 2 years)
2842 Points ∼100% +24%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3037 Points ∼87%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3508 Points ∼100% +16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3184 Points ∼91% +5%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2765 Points ∼79% -9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (3017 - 3136, n=6)
3059 Points ∼87% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=229, last 2 years)
2831 Points ∼81% -7%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2563 Points ∼74%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2476 Points ∼71% -3%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2497 Points ∼72% -3%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2659 Points ∼76% +4%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2536 - 2566, n=6)
2559 Points ∼73% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=257, last 2 years)
3486 Points ∼100% +36%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
2448 Points ∼60%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
2308 Points ∼57% -6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2327 Points ∼57% -5%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2597 Points ∼64% +6%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2440 - 2448, n=6)
2445 Points ∼60% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=257, last 2 years)
4060 Points ∼100% +66%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3068 Points ∼91%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
3325 Points ∼99% +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3355 Points ∼100% +9%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
2901 Points ∼86% -5%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (2941 - 3098, n=6)
3060 Points ∼91% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (620 - 5793, n=257, last 2 years)
3056 Points ∼91% 0%
Wild Life Score (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
980 Points ∼32%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1102 Points ∼36% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1245 Points ∼41% +27%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (980 - 986, n=6)
981 Points ∼32% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (153 - 9680, n=114, last 2 years)
3027 Points ∼100% +209%
Wild Life Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
969 Points ∼30%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
1083 Points ∼34% +12%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
1215 Points ∼38% +25%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (969 - 978, n=6)
974 Points ∼31% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (174 - 11700, n=110, last 2 years)
3178 Points ∼100% +228%
Wild Life Stress Test Stability (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
99.7 (977min - 980max) % ∼100%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
98.9 (1240min - 1254max) % ∼99% -1%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (99.4 - 99.8, n=6)
99.6 % ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (26.6 - 99.8, n=105, last 2 years)
89.7 % ∼90% -10%
Wild Life Extreme (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
292 Points ∼30%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
321 Points ∼32% +10%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (290 - 294, n=5)
292 Points ∼30% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (83 - 3080, n=62, last 2 years)
988 Points ∼100% +238%
Wild Life Extreme Unlimited (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
285 Points ∼30%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
312 Points ∼32% +9%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (284 - 287, n=5)
285 Points ∼30% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (101 - 2864, n=59, last 2 years)
963 Points ∼100% +238%
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
98.6 (289min - 293max) % ∼100%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (98.6 - 99.5, n=5)
99 % ∼100% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (38.6 - 100, n=58, last 2 years)
90 % ∼91% -9%
GFXBench
Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
16 fps ∼53%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
13 fps ∼43% -19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
14 fps ∼47% -12%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
30 fps ∼100% +88%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (16 - 30, n=6)
18.3 fps ∼61% +14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=263, last 2 years)
24.2 fps ∼81% +51%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
19 fps ∼66%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
15 fps ∼52% -21%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
15 fps ∼52% -21%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼59% -11%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (17 - 19, n=6)
18 fps ∼63% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=263, last 2 years)
28.6 fps ∼100% +51%
Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10 fps ∼59%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
8.4 fps ∼49% -16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8.9 fps ∼52% -11%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
17 fps ∼100% +70%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (9.9 - 19, n=6)
11.5 fps ∼68% +15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=264, last 2 years)
16.3 fps ∼96% +63%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Oppo A74 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6.7 fps ∼60%
Vivo Y72 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 8192
5.6 fps ∼50% -16%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5.5 fps ∼50% -18%
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 720, Mali-G57 MP3, 4096
6.2 fps ∼56% -7%
Average Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 5G
  (6.4 - 6.7, n=6)
6.55 fps ∼59% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=264, last 2 years)
11.1 fps ∼100% +66%
Oppo A74 5GVivo Y72 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 10 5GSamsung Galaxy A32 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.1 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
15%
45%
44%
14%
27%
Sequential Read 256KB
492.58
955.6
94%
939.22
91%
858.19
74%
769 ?(427 - 999, n=90)
56%
808 ?(41.9 - 2037, n=269, last 2 years)
64%
Sequential Write 256KB
265.25
13.6
-95%
398.05
50%
381.69
44%
266 ?(13.6 - 707, n=90)
0%
366 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=269, last 2 years)
38%
Random Read 4KB
153.19
164.4
7%
151.55
-1%
174.64
14%
146 ?(92.6 - 239, n=90)
-5%
143 ?(13.5 - 325, n=269, last 2 years)
-7%
Random Write 4KB
115.79
179.4
55%
162.76
41%
167.15
44%
123 ?(18.2 - 290, n=90)
6%
132 ?(5.5 - 330, n=269, last 2 years)
14%

Temperature

Max. Load
 36.6 °C
98 F
36.3 °C
97 F
36.8 °C
98 F
 
 36.7 °C
98 F
36.7 °C
98 F
36.4 °C
98 F
 
 35.9 °C
97 F
36.7 °C
98 F
36 °C
97 F
 
Maximum: 36.8 °C = 98 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
33.6 °C
92 F
35.4 °C
96 F
35.5 °C
96 F
33.7 °C
93 F
35.1 °C
95 F
36.3 °C
97 F
33.3 °C
92 F
35 °C
95 F
36 °C
97 F
Maximum: 36.3 °C = 97 F
Average: 34.9 °C = 95 F
Power Supply (max.)  27 °C = 81 F | Room Temperature 22 °C = 72 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated) & Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 36.5 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 36.8 °C / 98 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22.4 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(+) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 36.3 °C / 97 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 31.6 °C / 89 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.


Speaker

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2038.442.42527.535.63121.1344023.930.75033.238.36320.337.38021.635.910025.53612517.735.516018.240.920015.546.925015.351.431517.657.940015.762.650016.668.263014.969.880015.269.710001675.2125015.280.9160015.383.5200014.782.1250015.180.5315015.773.3400014.770.9500014.878.3630014.875.5800015.477.71000014.575.11250014.572.11600013.858.1SPL27.490.4N0.978.5median 15.3median 70.9Delta1.19.535.944.92942.825.144.231.445.142.446.132.448.52647.821.547.41549.121.350.914.453.81457.513.559.511.964.312.265.512.666.513.471.712.275.712.37812.779.913.580.9138312.885.113.782.313.583.613.881.714.783.313.680.214.2731571.125.793.20.795median 13.5median 73110.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseOppo A74 5GSamsung Galaxy A32 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Oppo A74 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (90.4 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 26.1% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (6.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.4% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (6.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (6.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (20.1% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 22% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 68% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 48% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 43% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Samsung Galaxy A32 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (93.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 19.9% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (3.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.8% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 9.8% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.7% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (17.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 5% of all tested devices in this class were better, 5% similar, 89% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 29% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 63% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life

Oppo A74 5G
5000 mAh
Vivo Y72 5G
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A32 5G
5000 mAh
Average of class Smartphone
 
Battery Runtime
WiFi Websurfing 1.3
1223
1084
-11%
1113
-9%
1235
1%
903 ?(442 - 1953, n=277, last 2 years)
-26%
Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3 (Chrome 91)
20h 23min

Pros

+ 90 Hz display
+ full dual SIM
+ ample memory

Cons

- mediocre speaker
- no exFAT support for microSD
- PWM

Verdict - Not everything is better in the Oppo A74 5G

In review: Oppo A74 5G. Test device provided by Oppo Germany.
In review: Oppo A74 5G. Test device provided by Oppo Germany.

The Oppo A74 5G does a few things better than the A74 LTE and relies on a 90 Hz LCD instead of a 60 Hz OLED, among other things. However, Oppo leaves one advantage of the LC technology unused by using PWM. The SoC is newer, which not only means a higher performance, but also a better efficiency, which is reflected in noticeably longer battery runtimes. Furthermore, the 5G variant also has an NFC chip. The camera has also been supplemented by an ultra-wide lens.

The Oppo A74 5G improves in the right places, but makes concessions in other areas.

On the other hand, the manufacturer eliminates exFAT support for the microSD slot and a slower fast-charging technology (18 watts) is used. Nevertheless, Oppo manages a good mid-range smartphone at an appealing price. Strong alternatives in this segment are the Galaxy A32 5G and the Redmi Note 10 5G, which are also both equipped with LC displays.

Price and availability

The Oppo A74 5G is already available well below the MSRP and can be found at AmazonCyberport and Otto.

Oppo A74 5G - 08/18/2021 v7
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Chassis
82%
Keyboard
67 / 75 → 89%
Pointing Device
93%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 71%
Weight
89%
Battery
93%
Display
90%
Games Performance
31 / 64 → 48%
Application Performance
80 / 86 → 93%
Temperature
90%
Noise
100%
Audio
73 / 90 → 81%
Camera
60%
Average
77%
82%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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