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Oppo's Efforts in the Mid-Range are More Promising than in the Premium Segment

The Oppo A72 is an affordable mid-range smartphone with extensive equipment.
The Oppo A72 is an affordable mid-range smartphone with extensive equipment.
Close to its recommended purchase price, we did not find the price-performance ratio of the Oppo Find X2 Neo attractive, but things are a bit different with the affordable A72 mid-range smartphone. In our test, the Oppo A72 scores with very good equipment and a very long battery life.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Mark Riege), 🇩🇪 🇫🇷 ...

The Chinese manufacturer Oppo has it backwards. While the Oppo A72 offers a lot of equipment at a relatively affordable price but shows some significant weaknesses in the haptics of the case, the more expensive Find-X2 sibling model convinces with its high-quality visuals but lacks several features.    

Those who put a protective case around the A72 smartphone anyways, might not mind our largest issue of complaint.  

Visually, the Find X2 Neo looks the part, but despite its recommended retail price of almost 700 Euros (~$823), the equipment of the Oppo smartphone is relatively meager. The representative of Oppo's premium segment lacks some smartphone basics such as SD card support, dual-SIM, or a 3.5-mm audio port. The opposite is true for the affordable A72 model. At a street price of currently about 230 Euros (~$270), the Oppo smartphone offers stereo speakers, a large selection of supported LTE bands, and a triple SIM slot with dual-SIM and an additional microSD card slot. There is also an NFC chip for near-field communication, allowing cashless payment via Google Pay. In addition, there is a large, 5000-mAh battery providing the Oppo A72 with a very good battery life in our WLAN battery test.      

On the other hand, the mid-range smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer does not offer a very high-quality impression holding it in the hand. The plastic frame and wobbly power button in combination with the thin and hollow plastic back of the case show some significant deficit in the quality of the A72.

You don't care about the haptics of a smartphone and are interested in a well-equipped mid-range smartphone? Then take a look at our extensive review of the Oppo A72 to get a clear impression of the Oppo smartphone.


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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 304 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
contact me via: @Marcus_Herbrich
Mark Riege
Translator: Mark Riege - Translator - 316 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2018
Having worked as a programmer for 20 years (medical devices, AI, data management systems), I've been following the computer scene for many years and especially enjoy finding out about new technology advances. Originally from Germany but living in the US, I've been working as a translator more recently, with Notebookcheck allowing me to combine my interest in new devices and translation. Other interests include Buddhism, spending time in Tibetan monasteries, and translating ancient Tibetan texts.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2020-08- 5 (Update: 2020-08- 3)