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Oppo A74: The review results in overview

The Oppo A74 is a mid-range smartphone with an AMOLED display, which is still a rather rare feature in this price range.
The Oppo A74 is a mid-range smartphone with an AMOLED display, which is still a rather rare feature in this price range.
The Oppo A74 offers a lot of value for an official price of 249 Euros (~$303), including a bright AMOLED display, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a 48 MP triple-camera setup. In our review, the 6.43-inch device scored well in these three areas, but it showed weaknesses in other areas.
Manuel Masiero (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

As the saying goes, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. This can also be used to describe the approach that Oppo took to develop its new mid-range smartphone, the A74. It focuses on three strengths that characterize Samsung's Galaxy A smartphones in particular: A good camera, a large battery, and an OLED display. The A74 is launched with exactly the same features.

AMOLED display reaching up to 781 cd/m²

One of the Oppo A74's highlights is its bright AMOLED panel with a resolution of 2400x1080 pixels (Full HD+), which corresponds to a high pixel density of 409 PPI in relation to the 6.43-inch display diagonal and consequently to a very sharp image. The AMOLED panel is supposed to reach up to 800 cd/m². In the test, we can still get up to 781 cd/m² out of it in the APL50 measurement, in which bright and dark picture areas are distributed uniformly. The average is still a good 605.9 cd/m².

The Oppo A74 can also deliver in terms of battery and camera. It lasted over 16 hours during our simulated web-browsing test, and it can be fully recharged in less than 1.5 hours using the included 33-watt power adapter. However, it's not all sunshine and rainbows when it comes to the 48 MP triple-camera setup. Although it takes good and sharp pictures in daylight, it lacks both a wide-angle lens, which has almost become standard equipment in the mid-range, and an optical image stabilizer.

Entry-level Snapdragon 662 SoC

However, the Oppo A74 hampers its ambitions to challenge Samsung's Galaxy A smartphones with its SoC choice. The Snapdragon 662's power is sufficient for everyday tasks, but it doesn't make its use actually fast at any point. Nevertheless, the mid-range smartphone can even run modern games, but they usually only run smoothly with reduced graphics details.

You can read the full review of the Oppo A74 here.

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Manuel Masiero
Editor of the original article: Manuel Masiero - Senior Tech Writer - 179 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2012
My fascination for computers started with the C64. Since then, I’ve put everything that comes my way in terms of hardware through its paces. From the C64 to the Amiga 500 and the first PC with an 8088 CPU, my list of projects has grown increasingly longer. For more than 20 years now I have also turned my hobby into my profession and have been active in the mobile section of Notebookcheck since 2021. Before that, I worked as a hardware editor for IDG Media ( and VNU Business Publications (PC professional), among others.
Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 513 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Manuel Masiero, 2021-06- 5 (Update: 2021-06- 5)