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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.

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, 2021-06- 5 (Update: 2021-06- 5)